Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/09/18/phil_collins_daughter_will_give_you_a_virus/

Phil Collins' daughter 'will give you A VIRUS' – security bods

Watch where you put that pointer

By Jasper Hamill

Posted in Security, 18th September 2013 09:42 GMT

Phil Collins' actress daughter is the celebrity most likely to give your equipment a nasty virus, security firm McAfee has warned.

Its annual McAfee Most Dangerous CelebritiesTM study warned clicking on search links after Googling Lily Collins could flood your system with malware.

The second most infectious celeb is Sk8r Boi singer (or should that be singr?) Avril Lavigne, followed by Sandra Bullock. The only man on there is Jon Hamm, the famously well-endowed star of Mad Men.

McAfee also found that searches for female celebrities' names carry more malware than those for the male stars.

Searching for a celebrity name along with terms like “free app download” and “nude pictures” is basically a recipe for an infection, McAfee warned.

“Today’s consumers often are completely unaware of security risks when searching for celebrity and entertainment news, images and videos online, sacrificing safety for immediacy,” said Paula Greve, director of web security research at McAfee. “Cybercriminals prey on consumers’ addiction to breaking news and leverage this behavior to lead them to unsafe sites that can severely infect their computers and devices and steal personal data.”

And before you ask: no, we've not heard of Lily Collins either. She's the played the lead in The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, apparently. We're not going to Google her to find out. ®