Heidi Klum is dangerous on the Web

Looking up the supermodel online could put you at risk of identity theft.

By MSN Money Partner Sep 20, 2011 10:23AM

This post comes from Seth Fiegerman at partner site MainStreet.


Searching for Heidi Klum online could just be the kiss of death for your computer, one study shows.


The world-famous model and current host of "Project Runway" ranked as the riskiest celebrity to look up online, according to a new report from the Internet security company McAfee. The report found that nearly one in 10 results for Klum's name led to sites that could compromise your computer and personal information.


In particular, McAfee found that searching for phrases like "Heidi Klum photos," "Heidi Klum videos" or just the celebrity's name alone resulted in a more than 9% chance of visiting a site that could download viruses and malware to your computer or make you subject to phishing and spyware attempts. Post continues after video.

Spammers, it seems, took a new liking to Klum, as she jumped from being the 10th riskiest celebrity to search for in 2010 to the top of the list this year, pushing actress Cameron Diaz down to second place. (We're pretty confident that's one title Diaz is happy to give up.)


Others, like actress Mila Kunis and CNN host Piers Morgan, cracked the top-10 list for the first time, while actress Anna Paquin jumped three spots to No. 7 this year. Their new rankings might serve as an indication of these celebrities' rising popularity offline.


That said, McAfee points out that spammers don't always rely on the most buzzed-about A-listers to dupe consumers. Just take Charlie Sheen: Few celebrities earned more buzz this year (for better or worse), yet he came in at only No. 59 on the list.


Who would have thought that Heidi Klum would be more dangerous than Charlie Sheen?


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Sep 21, 2011 11:26AM

Nationally Charlie Sheen is more popular, but internationally Heidi Klum is more popular. More viewers etc… The internet doesn’t just stop in the US.

Sep 21, 2011 1:08PM
Pay ANY attention to this person ??   The world is becoming more stupid each day!!
Sep 21, 2011 12:21PM
What is so special about Heidi Klum that anyone would spend time looking her up on the web anyway? Yes, she hosts a pretty neat show call Project Runway that I have been a fan of since it's conception, but that's because I love shows that show the creative side of people and I love seeing what the designers come up with each week.. But, other then being the hostess of the show, I don't find Klum to be particularly engaging..

I think Michael Kors and Nina Garcia are much more interesting people.. When they speak about the designs they know what they are talking about, they have the credentials to back up their critiques.. Don't get me wrong, I like Klum, but, like the Kardashians, all she is is wrapped up in her looks.. I find most of these reality TV stars, men and women both, boring, inane, not very intelligent and pretty much stuck on themselves..
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