Beware of clicking on third-party links. You should access content directly from official websites of content providers. For example, visit ABC.com to find Jimmy Kimmel’s latest episodes.
Ensure you use Web protection that will notify you of risky sites or links before you visit them. Stick to official news sites for breaking news.
Don’t download videos from suspect sites. This should be common sense, but it bears repeating: Don’t download anything from a website you don’t trust — especially video. Most news clips you’d want to see can easily be found on official video sites and don’t require you to download anything.
“Free downloads” is by far the highest virus-prone search term. Anyone searching for videos or files to download should be careful not to unleash unsafe content such as malware onto their computers.
Always use password protection on your phone and other mobile devices. If you don’t and your phone is lost or stolen, anyone who picks up the device could have access to your personal information online.
Don’t “log in” or provide other information: If you receive a message, text or email or visit a third-party website that asks for your information — credit card, email, home address, Facebook login or other information — to grant access to an exclusive story, don’t give it out. Such requests are a common tactic for phishing that could lead to identity theft.
Search online using a tool, such as SiteAdvisor software, which protects users from malicious websites and browser exploits. A complimentary version of SiteAdvisor software can be downloaded at www.siteadvisor.com
McAfee recently released its eighth annual study revealing the most dangerous celebrities to search for online. The study found a mix of comedians and musicians among the most dangerous, with Jimmy Kimmel, comedian and late night host of Jimmy Kimmel Live, replacing Lily Collins (Mirror, Mirror) as McAfee’s most dangerous celebrity in search. When searching for videos and downloads of Kimmel, McAfee reports that you have a 1 in 5 chance of clicking on a page that tests positive for viruses and other malware.
Jimmy Kimmel is the second male to find his way to the No. 1 spot (moving up from No. 39), following Brad Pitt in 2008. DJ Armin van Buuren takes the number-two spot behind Kimmel, and Ciara, the third. Additional celebrities in the top 10 include Blake Shelton, Britney Spears (holding her place at No.7), and three New Jersey natives: Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi and Chelsea Handler.
Cybercriminals are constantly trying to find ways to take advantage of consumer interests, be it celebrities or other high-profile events. It's important to educate users on the security risks that exist when searching for such news and media events, in order to keep their devices and personal data safe.
Here are McAfee's most dangerous celebrities by category, as well as tips to keep users safe.