Emma Watson is officially the most dangerous woman on the internet.
The news came via McAfee’s annual survey of the celebs most likely to land users on a site loaded with malware, viruses or attempts to take your personal information.
The web security firm said Watson had replaced Heidi Klum at the top of the list.
Apparently nearly one in eight sites reached by searching for the Harry Potter star’s name was malicious.
Unsurprisingly, appending the celebrity’s name with the term “nude pictures” resulted in the highest number of risky sites.
Other names in the top ten included Jessica Biel, Eva Mendes and Selena Gomez.
Only one man – Jimmy Kimmel – was in the top 20.
Heidi Klum, Piers Morgan, Mila Kunis, Katherine Heigl, Anna Paquin, Adriana Lima Scarlett Johansson, Brad Pitt, Emma Stone, and Rachel McAdams have all dropped out of this year’s top 10 list.
Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes, Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson didn’t make it into the top 20.
Oddly enough, even though Stewart didn’t appear on the ‘most dangerous’ list, she was still listed as the most clickable celebrity in August by web ‘traffic generator’ service MGID.
McAfee said that cybercriminals use the names of popular celebrities to attract people to sites loaded with malware.
“In today’s celebrity culture, consumers expect to be able to go online to catch up with the latest photos, videos, tweets, and stories about their favourite celebrities,” said Paula Greve, director of web security research at McAfee. “Due to the richness of the data and the high interaction, often consumers forget the risks that they are taking by clicking on the links.”
The full top 10 was:
- Emma Watson
- Jessica Biel
- Eva Mendes
- Selena Gomez
- Halle Berry
- Megan Fox
- Cameron Diaz
- Salma Hayek
- Sofia Vergara