Saturday, August 21, 2010

McAfee announces its most dangerous celebrities (starting with Cameron Diaz), with respect to fake fan sites.

Internet security company McAfee has a report indicating that fake “unauthorized” fan websites based on celebrities create security hazards, particularly with proffered downloads and especially screensavers, any of which may introduce spyware. The report is at this link and his the title “CAMERON DIAZ NAMED MOST DANGEROUS CELEBRITY IN CYBERSPACE: Justin Timberlake's Ex Knocks Current Girlfriend Biel to #3 Spot; Fourth Annual Report by McAfee Reveals Searching for the Stars is Safer This Year”. McCafee has trademarked its “McAfee Most Dangerous Celebrities”.

Generally, only very well known celebrities have created these problems. But often very young celebrities generate “unauthorized” fan sites.

Switched.com also had a report on this here.

Some (mostly younger and tech-savvy) celebrities, like Ashton Kutcher, are very aggressive in managing their own web presence (partly because Kutcher part-owns a media studio) on social networking sites, personal blogs, and Twitter. It's probably less likely that "crooks" could impersonate them on the web and get away with it.

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