Sonakshi Sinha tops the list of McAfee Most Sensational Celebrities 2016

Celebrities bedazzle and bewitch us and we cannot have enough of them. Whether they be actors, singers, models, comedians or sportspersons, we want to know the latest about them – their lives, performances, fashion – everything. And the best place to get all these information? The internet. We frequently go online to read up on them, download the latest movie or song or check out their public appearances.

And that’s what the cyber criminals capitalize on – they understand the yearning for having celebrity information on the go and make use of it to introduce malware into the user’s devices.

The 10th global edition of the study titled McAfee Most Sensational Celebrities 2016 by Intel Security reveals the Top 10 Bollywood celebrities with the highest risk percentages:

Position Celebrity Percentage
1 Sonakshi Sinha 11.11%
2 Farhan Akhtar 9.56%
3 Kareena Kapoor 8.67%
4

 

Tiger Shroff 8.44%

 

Arjun Kapoor
5 Shraddha Kapoor 8.11%
6 Kriti Sanon 7.67%
7

 

Priyanka Chopra 7.56%

 

Shahid Kapoor
8 Bipasha Basu 7.22%
9 Saif Ali Khan 7.11%
10 Alia Bhatt 7.00%

Actress and rapper Sonakshi Sinha tops the list of McAfee Most Sensational Celebrities 2016, continuing the rule of the femme fatales as sensational Indian celebs. She replaces Priyanka Chopra, who slid to the 7th rank. This year, Gen Y movie celebrities have made their presence felt in the Top 10. So while Farhan Akhtar takes the second place and Kareena Kapoor the third; young guns Tiger Shroff and Arjun Kapoor are tied at No. 4 and Shraddha Kapoor occupies the 5th spot.

To clarify, “sensational” has nothing to do with the celebrities themselves, but their popularity as search subjects. s users search the net for celebrity news like awards ceremonies, movie trailers, free wallpapers or celeb gossip, they risk their device and data security. Along with downloading wallpapers or a hit movie or any other online search for celeb information, they unknowingly increase risk and download malware or share personally identifiable details with hackers.

Intel Security conducted the study using the free tool McAfee® WebAdvisor site ratings to determine the number of risky sites generated by searches. For example, if you search for Sonakshi Sinha + Torrent or Kareena Kapoor + Free MP4, you will get a list of results, which are categorized as safe and risky, with green, yellow and red demarcations by McAfee® WebAdvisor. If you click on sites deemed unsafe or risky and download files including photos and videos, you run the risk of encountering something malicious.

So we know the danger, what do we do to stay safe online? Here are a few basic Cybersafety rules

  • Install branded, cross-device comprehensive security software – Keep all your devices, including smartphones and tabs safe with just the one security software. The security software will identify and eliminate the latest threats and keep you safe
  • Use McAfee® WebAdvisor software: Browse safely using WebAdvisor, which will help you identify safe websites. Download it FREE at mcafee.com/mcafeewebadvisor
  • Secure Personal Data: Cyber criminals will try to lure you to their traps through scams like phishing or by offering free wallpapers and movies. Learn not to trust unverified free offers or sites that ask you to share email AND password AND date of birth etc. Remember, if it’s too good to be true, it perhaps is
  • THINK. CLICK: Never be in a hurry to click. You want to see trailers of your matinee idol’s latest movie or download music? Then go to the original source only. Avoid sites that are not verified safe by a web advisor tool
  • Stay legit: Stay clear of torrents and opt for legitimate sites, even if they are paid ones.

So next time you want to find out the latest news on your favourite celeb, first ensure that your devices have been secured with a trusted and comprehensive security software and don’t forget to download the free McAfee WebAdvisor tool. Also, stick to ONLY those sites that are marked green. Awareness begins with education.

Stay Safe Stay Online!

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Parents, It’s Time To Grow Up

A new child in the family is always the center of attention. The proud parents are so amazed by their baby’s looks and feats that they want the whole world to share their joy. Gone are the days of carrying the photos of children in the purse or wallet and whipping them out to proudly display; now technology has made it possible to share in real-time the baby’s activities. Parents often use their social media platforms as digital baby yearbooks. The enthusiasm is understandable, but things could go overboard if they overshare.

Most parents in their enthusiasm think that everyone would love to be witness to their child’s antics and achievements, all this while neglecting the future consequences of their actions. Fast forward to 10 years and I can hear the teen screaming in shock, “Mom! You shared my ‘diaper dance’ video online? I mean, how could you? My friends are going to make fun of me if they see this.”

Whoa there, parents! Hold the reins and take a break from your photo-sharing regimen. Will your child take kindly to all the photographs you have shared over the years without their consent and awareness? Or will there be anger, embarrassment and a breakdown of trust in the tumultuous teens?

To avoid all of this, here is quick refresh on cyber etiquette for parents.

Let’s start by repeating my favorite cyber safety mantra; in fact, meditate on it – STOP. THINK. CONNECT.

Time is not running away, nor is social media going to disappear. Give thought to every photo you plan to share online. Who will see it? Can it be misinterpreted or misused? Will it embarrass the child in the future?

Besides, there are other reasons why you should avoid sharing photos of your kids online on a frequent basis; we call it Too Much Information (TMI). The more information you upload about your child online, the more risk you expose it to:

  • The child becomes a digital citizen and thus stands the danger of having their identity stolen
  • Photos posted online may be shared further and maybe misused
  • Photos may reveal location, unless you change your settings
  • Social media platforms often pass photos on to third parties and advertisers may target you
  • If your account gets hacked, your photos will fall in the wrong hands

Let’s talk about what you should definitely not share online. Yes, I know it’s your page and you have the freedom to share what you like and what harm can a cute baby photo do anyway, right?  You would be surprised to learn that sharing such pictures, might make you the target of public shaming over your parenting style.

The kind of photos that are definitely a no-no:

  • Bath time
  • In front of school or house
  • Age-inappropriate poses
  • Sporting weird hairstyles or dress

Keep in mind what’s shared online may get re-shared and go viral, especially videos.

Cyber etiquette: Respect others’ need for privacy and don’t share photos of others or tag them without permission.

Your child will be a digital citizen right from birth and will be grappling with maintaining a respectable online identity all its life. As a parent/guardian, the onus is on you to ensure that your child starts with a clean set of digital footprints. Practice safe sharing, keep out names and addresses from posts and ensure your device does not get compromised by using advanced comprehensive security software.