‘Gilmore Girls’ and ‘Carpool Karaoke’ Fans May Be Top Malware Targets
Before you start searching for info on your favorite celebrities, take a moment to find out if you’re actually inviting cybercriminals to run roughshod on your computer.
McAfee’s annual list of Most Dangerous Celebrities details the top celebrity searches that are most likely to invite viruses and malware onto their hard drives. For 2019, the top result is actor Alexis Bledel, star of “Gilmore Girls,” “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants,” and “The Handmaid’s Tale.”
She’s joined on this year’s list by other luminaries including late night hosts James Corden and Jimmy Fallon (really emphasizing the “viral” part of “viral video”), and “Game of Thrones” actor Sophie Turner.
Why did Bledel top the list? Most likely it’s her association with “The Handmaid’s Tale,” which, because of its home on subscription streaming service Hulu, is often strongly associated with searches that include the term “torrent,” sending searchers into the piracy-laden corners of the internet (this holds true for Turner and her HBO connection).
This annual list is a good way of illustrating several online safety steps, including refraining from using illegal streaming sites, recognizing reliable sources, and enlisting cybersecurity solutions.
The complete top 10 list: