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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