October 7, 2020 | internet | No Comments
This isn’t quite pitch perfect!
Anna Kendrick has found herself topping a celebrity list that most people shouldn’t be on.
The “Pitch Perfect” actress ranks at the top of McAfee’s U.S. list of most dangerous celebrities to search for online.
For the 14th year, the computer virus fighters have researched which famous names generate the riskiest search results that could potentially trigger consumers to unknowingly install malware on their devices.
The Academy Award nominated actress, currently starring in the HBO Max series “Love Life,” beat out the likes of Diddy, Blake Lively, Mariah Carey and Jason Derulo as the most dangerous celebrity to search for.
“Cybercriminals use consumers’ fascination with celebrity culture to drive unsuspecting fans to malicious websites that install malware on their devices, potentially putting personal information and log-in details in the wrong hands,” McAfee’s VP Baker Nanduru said with Tuesday’s announcement of the list.
“Consumers are searching the web for free online entertainment now more than ever, and as cybercriminals continue to implement deceptive practices such as fake sites claiming to offer free content, it is crucial that fans stay vigilant about protecting their digital lives and think twice before clicking,” Nanduru added.
On last year’s list – where “Gilmore Girls” star Alexis Bledel took the top spot — Kendrick was No. 4.
Due to the the recent release of “Trolls World Tour,” in which she was the voice of Princess Poppy, she has become a hot commodity on the web.
Trailing her as the No. 2 most dangerous celebrity is hip hop mogul Sean Combs (also known as Diddy), and TV and film star Blake Lively at No. 3.
Best-selling music icon Mariah Carey is No. 4, followed by ex-NSync member Justin Timberlake (No. 5) and Taylor Swift (No. 6).
Rounding out the top 10 are talk show host Jimmy Kimmel (No. 7), Oscar winner Julia Roberts (No. 8), “Saturday Night Live” funnywoman Kate McKinnon (No. 9) and history-making pop star Jason Derulo (No. 10).
No surprise that the Haitian-American vocal sensation made the cut, considering his attention-grabby, thirst-trappy social media exploits.
McAfee said that due to shelter in place orders amid COVID-19, Americans have been particularly active online, increasing their activity across many devices and scouring the internet for a wide variety of entertainment.
Hackers honed in on this trend, following consumer behavior to educate their scam strategies, the company said.
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