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Thursday 2 October 2014

Collins most dangerous star search

Lily Collins is apparently the most "dangerous" celebrity to search for online

Lily Collins has been named the most "dangerous" celebrity to search for online.

The actress daughter of Phil Collins has ousted Emma Watson who previously held the title awarded by security company McAfee.

Online searches for her name along with the words "free app download" or "nude pictures" result in more links to "risky" websites than any other celebrity, the firm said.

The Mortal Instruments star Lily tops a string of figures whose names are most likely to link to a website that has tested positive for threats such as spyware and viruses.

Second on that list is singer Avril Lavigne who is followed by actress Sandra Bullock.

Women apparently generate more risky links than men. American actor Jon Hamm was the only male celebrity in the top 10, according to the study.

Other risky stars to search for on the internet included Hollywood star Zoe Saldana, pop divas Katy Perry, Britney Spears and Rita Ora, supermodel Adriana Lima and US talk show host Kathy Griffin.

"We have got used to accessing the latest gossip and pictures of our favourite celebrities on demand," McAfee's Raj Samani said.

"But we need to remember that cybercriminals take advantage of the latest cultural trends, new movies and hit TV shows to target unsuspecting consumers seeking more information.

"These criminals want to lure us to unsafe sites that can severely infect computers and devices and even steal personal data."

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