The reason that your smartphone may have been devastated by malware can be down to the simple reason that you have been searching for your favourite celebrity, well at least one of a number that security specialist Intel have listed.
The number one “culprit” is apparently Elle Goulding, at least in the last twelve months according to Intel. The company has revealed that the singer is the number one on the list of celebrity searching British fans when it comes to being hit by malware of viruses.
The way that it works is not exactly “rocket science” and has been known to internet savvy people and security programmers for some time. Hackers will use the celebrity as a platform for users to entice web users to click onto websites or links that hide malicious programmes.
More often than not, these websites can then steal your data or passwords that are stored on the smartphone. Trying to keep up to date with the latest gossip, particularly if you do not want to be left behind by your friends, can make you vulnerable to cybercrime.
This is the message that Nick Viney, consumer VP at Intel Security is sending out and it is one that should be heeded by the star struck when searching for news about their favourites.
So we know that last year it was Kelly Brook that was the number one, and she has been replaced by singer Elle Goulding, all thanks to her latest single Still Falling for You, this as many remember was featured on the soundtrack of the new Bridget Jones film.
Naturally star struck teenagers and “wanabees” crave for real time information about their idols; cybercriminals are all too aware of this and are keen to exploit it to their advantage. Intel has said that it can be all down to the rise in reality TV that is behind the problem.
So who are the top five people on the Intel list of celebrities that we have searched for and are regarded as the most dangerous? In order they are: Ellie Goulding, Charlotte Crosby, Rita Ora, Calvin Harris, and Holly Hagen. Now be honest with yourself, how many of them have you searched for today?