Have You Had the ‘Dangerous Celebrity’ Talk with Your Kids?

By Toni Birdsong


By now hopefully you’ve had several critical conversations with your child about the good, the bad, and the risky of the online world. But have you had the ‘dangerous celebrity’ talk’?

You read that right. Because cybercriminals have become more and more savvy in disguising their digital attacks, parents, too, must be equally poised to equip their kids to spot—and dodge—potential danger zones. And in this case, unfortunately, the next scam just might be linked to a very innocent search for their favorite celebrity.

Taking full advantage of the public’s insatiable curiosity around celebrities and pop culture, cybercriminals now plant malicious links in a user’s search results to lure them to sites laden with dangerous downloads.

This year, McAfee’s Most Dangerous Celebrity™ is late night funny man Jimmy Kimmel. According to this year’s eighth annual McAfee Most Dangerous Celebrities study (see graphic, right), searching for the latest Jimmy Kimmel pictures and downloads yields more than a one in five chance of landing on a website that has tested positive for online threats, such as spyware, adware, spam, phishing, viruses and other malware.

Unfortunately, your child’s simple search for a funny TV clip, song download, or photo …read more

Read the full article here: http://blogs.mcafee.com/consumer/dangerous-celeb

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