McAfee Names Jimmy Kimmel Most Dangerous Internet Celebrity

McAfee is a name you recognize because it pops up on your computer all the time doing security scans, and the company has officially announced that late night host Jimmy Kimmel is the most dangerous celebrity on the internet this year. No, he’s not a criminal, but Kimmel is the star whose information is most used to lure unsuspecting people onto dangerous websites.

For the past 8 years, McAfee has been totaling up the information they discover when working with malware laden computers, viruses and other cyber hackers and releasing the information they find to the public. There have been 7 other celebrities who’ve topped the list as most dangerous, and this year, it’s Kimmel. What does this mean? It’s simple, and we’ll break it down for you.

If you type Jimmy Kimmel’s name into an internet search engine, you’re going to get a lot of results – obviously. But what you probably don’t realize is that cyber criminals are using his name in their own game, and it’s his name that’s most likely going to take you to a questionable site that’s filled with malware and other dangerous computer viruses. This is how these criminals find a way onto your computer so that they can steal your personal information and even your passwords.

“Celebrity names coupled with the terms ‘video’ and ‘picture’ are some of the most-searched terms on the internet. Cybercriminals exploit consumers’ need to be updated on celebrity news, leading them to sites that can harm their devices and compromise personal data. We want to ensure we’re equipping consumers with the knowledge they need to keep both themselves and their devices safe,” says Michelle Dennedy, the chief privacy officer with McAfee.

Broken down, searching for Jimmy Kimmel online is going to give you a 19.38% chance of landing on a site run by cybercriminals designed to steal your information and hack your systems. Be careful when you search and only click on reputable websites.

(Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)


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