McAfee report identifies web’s riskiest search terms

Emma Watson has been identified as the riskiest celebrity to Google, according to a new report into the internet s most dangerous search terms.

Businesses looking to increase vulnerability management and lower the risk of employees contracting a virus or malware both at home or in the office may be interested in the study, which was published by McAfee on September 9.

While the former Harry Potter star topped the list, other high profile starlets such as Jessica Biel, Eva Mendes and Selena Gomez were also identified as being particularly risky terms to search for.

More than 2,600 keywords and 413,000 unique URLs were included in the study, which sought to examine the likelihood of being directed towards a website that has tested positive for online threats – such as viruses, phishing attempts and malware – when searching for various popular terms.

The report found that karaoke fans may be facing the greatest risk when using search engines, as keywords containing song lyrics had the highest maximum risk profile at 26.3 per cent. That was followed by the word which had a maximum risk profile of 21.3 per cent.

However other keywords more likely to be utilised in a business environment were also found to have an alarmingly high risk profile. The category News was shown to have a maximum risk profile of 8.6 per cent, while the maximum risk profile of the Economic Crisis category was placed at 3.5 per cent.

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reads the report.

Good cybersecurity requires vigilance and awareness of online risks, and it may be worthwhile reminding your employees of the importance of thinking twice before clicking on certain links or downloading unverified files.

Viruses or malware contracted onto company servers, BYOD technology or personal computers could potentially increase the risk of cybercrime affecting your organisation in a variety of ways, by giving cybercriminals access to confidential personal and financial information.

If you want to take risk management within your organisation to the next level, you might also consider undergoing a security audit or penetration testing evaluation in order to fully determine the potential weaknesses and vulnerabilities which may put your business at increased risk of cybercrime.

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