A survey conducted by internet security brand McAfee has revealed that Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi are among the celebrities most likely to lead to a computer virus when searched.
The study looked into the likelihood of search results directing to a site that has tested positive for online threats including viruses, spyware, spam and other malware.
Springsteen ranked fifth, yielding an 18.82 per cent chance of landing on a malicious site, while Bon Jovi came in at number eight with a 17.64 per cent chance.
DJ Armin Van Buuren was the highest-ranked musician on the list at number two with 19.33 per cent while US TV chat show host Jimmy Kimmel was revealed to be the most dangerous celebrity search term, with a 19.38 per cent chance of encountering malware.
“Most consumers are completely unaware of the security risks that exist when searching for celebrity and entertainment news, images and videos online, sacrificing safety for immediacy,” said McAfee representative Gary Davis. “Cyber criminals capitalise on consumers’ attention to breaking celebrity news and leverage this behavior to lead them to unsafe sites that can severely infect their computers and devices and steal personal data.”
The top ten list is as follows:
Jimmy Kimmel 19.38 per cent
Armin Van Buuren 19.33 per cent
Ciara 19.31 per cent
Flo Rida 18.89 per cent
Bruce Springsteen18.82 per cent
Blake Shelton 18.47 per cent
Britney Spears 18.19 per cent
Jon Bon Jovi 17.64 per cent
Chelsea Handler 17.22 per cent
Christina Aguilera 16.67 per cent