August 20th, 2010
02:11 PM ET
Don’t let her good looks and charm fool you: Cameron Diaz is the most dangerous celebrity - on the Web, that is.
McAfee, a company that specializes in computer protection, released a report listing the Web’s most dangerous stars. Diaz knocked Jessica Biel, who's currently dating Diaz's ex Justin Timberlake, down to third place from last year’s top spot.
The McAfee Most Dangerous Celebrities study found that with each search for Cameron Diaz, the person searching has a one in ten chance of landing on a website that will infect his or her computer with spyware, viruses or other malware.
“…Consumers are getting smarter about searching online, yet cybercriminals are getting sneakier in their techniques,” said Dave Marcus, security researcher for McAfee. “Now they're hiding malicious content in 'tiny' places like shortened URLs that can spread virally in social networking sites and Twitter."
Trying to download a screensaver or photos from one of these sketchy sites – or from a friend’s Facebook post – could put your computer in peril.
According to McAfee, cybercriminals will often use names of celebrities to draw users to their sites, tricking them into downloading something harmful as opposed to what they were actually looking for.
Other dangerous celebs include Julia Roberts, Gisele Bündchen, Brad Pitt and Adriana Lima.
"Cybercriminals follow the same hot topics as consumers, and create traps based on the latest trends," Marcus said.
But if you're searching for Barack Obama or Sarah Palin, you needn't worry; McAfee found both of those names to be among the safest search terms.
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