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McAfee reveals YoYo Honey Singhas Most Dangerous Celebrity in Punjabi cinema
17 September 2013: India’s current music sensation YoYo HoneySingh,has been named the Most DangerousCelebrityTMamong Punjabi celebrities in Indian cyberspace according to a study unveiled by McAfee, the world’s largest dedicated security technology company. McAfee researched Punjabi popular culture’s most famous people to create a ranking of Most DangerousCelebrityTMbased on the risk quotient of Punjabi celebrities in Indian cyberspace.
the trend of cybercriminals using celebs to take advantage of fans seeking more information about their idols. Cybercriminals often lure unsuspecting supporters to sites laden with malware that can steal passwords and personal information. These criminals capitalize on the public’s fascination with celebrity to lure them to sites laden with malware that
enables them to steal passwords and personal information. This year, searching for a celebrity name coupled with the search terms ‘wall paper’, ‘videos’, ‘nude pictures’ resulted in the highest instances of malware-laden sites.
Commenting on the findings of the study, VenkatasubrahmanyamKrishnapur, Vice-President of Engineering- Consumer and Mobile, Business Group, McAfee India Centre said, “In India where celebrities are given the status of demi gods, cybercriminals often use their names to lure people to sites that actually host malicious software designed to compromise personal details and disrupt devices. By including the names of popular celebrities in a website's search tags, cyber criminals are able to direct more visitors to malicious sites where they may unwittingly sign up for spam or harmfulspyware ending up with a malware ridden devices.”
The study uses McAfee® SiteAdvisor® site ratings, which indicate which sites are risky to search when attached to celebrity names on the Web and calculate an overall risk percentage. The top 10 Punjabi celebrities from this year’s Indian study with the highest percentages of risk in the Indian cyberspace are:
1 Arguably the industry’s highest paid singer,YoYo Honey Singhwho made India dance to the tunes of his latest track, Lungi Dance from Chennai Expressstands at1stposition as Most Dangerous Celebrityonline with 84 infected sites online.
2 At 2nd position is the 'Munde UK De' sensation - Amrinder Gill with 80 infected websites.
3 With 77infected sites, at 3rd position is GippyGrewalwhois all set to act along with Bollywood actress, Zarine Khan for his next film Jatt James Bond.
4 India's only female rapper, Hard Kauris at 4th position on the list. After conquering Bollywood, Hard Kauris set to debut in the South film industry and has74 infected sites online
5 The actor turned producer GurpreetGuggi whose film ‘Paaji in Problem’ is set to hit the box office, stands at 5th position with 65 infected websites.
6 At 6th position is Kapil Sharma, the host and producer of a new comedy show - Comedy Nights With Kapil with 50 infected files online.
7 At 7th position is actor and film producer, Jimmy Shergill whose handlebar moustache was a trend setter style for actors. He has 47 infected sites to his name.
8 The Comedy Circus KeSuperStars’ host Surveen Chawla who will be seen in an item number forBollywood’s Hate Story2 stands at 8th position with 45 infected sites to her name
9 At 9thposition is Punjabi Cinema’s emerging actress, Neetu Singh who is all set to feature in a romantic film'YaarMeraRabVarga’. Shehas 40 infected websites online.
10 With 29 infected search results, the Canadian born Punjabi actress,NeeruBajwa,who has made her appearance in the recent movie Special 26 ranks as the 10th Most Dangerous Celebrity
Tips to Stay Protected:
• Beware of content that prompts you to download anything before providing you the content. You may want to opt to watch streaming videos or download content from official websites of content providers.
• “Free downloads” are significantly the highest virus-prone search term. Anyone searching for videos or files to download should be careful as not to unleash malware on their computer.
• Always use password protection on your phone and other mobile devices. If your phone is lost or stolen, anyone who picks up the device could publish your information online.
• Established news sites may not entice you with exclusives for one solid reason: there usually aren’t any. Try to stick to official news sites that you trust for breaking news. However, trusted sites can also fall prey to hackers. Make sure to use a safe search tool that will notify you of risky sites or links before you visit them.
• Don’t download videos from suspect sites. This should be common sense, but it bears repeating: don’t download anything from a website you don’t trust — especially video. Most news clips you’d want to see can easily be found on official video sites, and don’t require you to download anything. If a website offers an exclusive video for you to download, don’t.
• Don’t “log in” or provide other information: If you receive a message, text or email or visit a third-party website that asks for your information—credit card, email, home address, Facebook login, or other information—for access to an exclusive story, don’t give it out. Such requests are a common tactic for phishing that could lead to identity theft.
• If you do decide to search for information on a major event or celebrity in the news, make sure your PC is secure with software such as McAfee Total Protection, which provides complete protection for your online life.
• A complimentary version of SiteAdvisor software can be downloaded at www.siteadvisor.com.
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