McAfee: Aquaman as the ‘Most Toxic Superhero’

23rd July 2013 | By Mouseworld Now Correspondent |

McAfee-logoNew Delhi, India, July 23, 2013: McAfee reveals the top Most Toxic Superheroes that result in the greatest number of risky websites when user search for them online. The research found that searching for the latest “Aquaman and free torrent download,” “Aquaman and watch,” “Aquaman and online,” “Aquaman and free trailer” and “Aquaman pictures and downloads” yields a 18.6% chance of landing on a website that has tested positive for online threats, such as spyware, adware, spam, phishing, viruses and other malware.

With the resurgence of the superheroes into mainstream movies (think Iron Man, Hulk, Captain America to name a few), hackers are leveraging their popularity to target consumers. Hackers are most successful when they can attract a large number of victims. One way to target big crowds online is to track current events—everything from celebrity meltdowns and natural disasters to holidays and popular music—and now, superheroes.

Tips to Stay Protected:

Be suspicious: If a search turns up a link to free content or too-good-to-be-true offers, be wary

Beware: Of content that prompts you to download anything before providing you with content. You may want to opt to watch streaming videos or download content from an established site

Free downloads: are significantly the highest virus-prone search terms. Anyone searching for videos or files to download should be careful as not to unleash malware on their computer.

Double-check the web address: Look for misspellings or other clues that the site you are going to may not be safe.

Search safely: Use safe web browsers and install a free software like McAfee Site Advisor that provides simple website safety ratings and a secure search box so you can surf, search and shop safely

Methodology:

Research was conducted during June-July 2013 on the top superheroes with upcoming film releases or films released over the last few years. The study uses McAfee SiteAdvisor site ratings, which indicate which sites are risky to search for superhero names on the Web and calculate an overall risk percentage. For example, fans searching for “Green Lantern and free torrent download,” “Green Lantern and watch,” “Green Lantern and free trailer,” etc. are at risk of running into online threats designed to steal personal information. Clicking on these risky sites and downloading files like pictures and videos exposes surfers or consumers to the risk of downloading viruses and malware.

 

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