The top ten list, McAfee said, was:
- Lily Collins
- Avril Lavigne
- Sandra Bullock
- Kathy Griffin
- Zoe Saldana
- Katy Perry
- Britney Spears
- Jon Hamm (yes, a man)
- Adriana Lima
- Emma Watson (yes, a sad drop from no. 1 last year)
Collins was also no. 4 on People's "Most Beautiful Women" list in 2012.
The ranking on this list is generated by just how dangerous it is to click on a search result for the associated celebrity. According to McAfee, users have close to a one-in-seven chance of hitting a malware-infested if they click on search query results. The danger, McAfee said, was in "landing on a website that has tested positive for online threats, such as spyware, adware, spam, phishing, viruses and other malware."
McAfee gives the following recommendations:
- Be suspicious -- If a search turns up a link to free content or too-good-to-be-true offers
- Be extra cautious when searching on hot topics -- Cybercriminals set up fake and malicious sites that dominate these time-sensitive search results
- Check the Web address -- Look for misspellings or other clues that the link might be directed to a phony website
- Protect yourself -- Use comprehensive security on all your PCs, Macs, smartphone and tablets, like McAfee Live Safe™ service, that comes with a safe search tool that protects your from going to risky websites.
Notably, the research and associated blog post were not generated by McAfee founder John McAfee, who famously harangued his former company in a possibly NSFW and tongue-in-cheek video that he released in June.