When it comes to our favorite ‘00s punksters, Avril Lavigne definitely tops the list. From her catchy-yet-super-relatable songs (we all had a sk8r boy we wanted to say l8r to), to her enviable fashion sense and hairstyle (fishnet gloves? Genius), her connection to Nickelback (Lol. Nickelback) and her questionable existence (we’ve all read the conspiracy theory that Avril Lavigne died and was replaced by an Illuminati clone) she was, and still is the talk of the town. Nevertheless, Avril Lavigne isn’t only topping our list of powerful popstars – she’s also topped the McAfee chart as the most dangerous celebrity to search for online.
McAfee, one of the biggest online security firms, has recently conducted a study that found those who searched for the pop punktress are more likely to end up on websites that are laden with viruses and malware that can seriously affect your computer or laptop. In fact, 14.5% of the Avril Lavigne results contained cyber-threats, and this increased to 22% when users typed in her name with the addition of ‘free MP3s.’ (MP3s? Are we still in the ‘00s?)
Considering Avril hasn’t released any new music since 2013, we’re not surprised to find that she’s still being searched and talked about. I mean, she’s awesome. However, what is amazing is how she’s surpassed some of the biggest names in the business right now. The cybersecurity firm ranked their celebrity cyber suspects, and have released their findings to ensure people Google their favorite celebs safely. Dropping in at second place, behind Avril, was the Uptown Funk-y Bruno Mars. Then, there was Carly Rae Jepsen, Zayn Malik, Celine Dion, Calvin Harris, Justin Bieber, Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, Katy Perry and Beyonce.
The aim of this survey and research was to show internet users the threats they are posed when they are searching the internet – even if they are searching seemingly innocent topics or people. By releasing this new list, McAfee want to remind people to consider the risks that are associated with search engines such as Google, Yahoo and Bing. So be safe, kids – Avril Lavigne likes to make things a little bit complicated.