While “dangerous” is not the word that would come to mind when you think of Anna Kendrick, the actor best known for her work in the Pitch Perfect movies and voicing Princess Poppy in Trolls World Tour, she finds herself at the top of the McAfee’s “most dangerous celebrities” online list this year. McAfee keeps track of the celebrity search terms most likely to result in a malicious link or phishing content. As the coronavirus resulted in shelter-at-home order and social distancing was encouraged, internet usage in 2020 has skyrocketed – and bad actors have taken advantage.
According the Wall Street Journal, internet usage increased 25% in March, just as the shelter-at-home orders had taken place. While the sudden early rise in internet use slowly decreased throughout the summer, remote school, work from home and the lack of movie theaters continue to keep internet use higher than previous years.
Kendrick’s most recent film, Trolls World Tour happened to coincide with the sudden shift to films streamed online on their release date. Universal’s decision to stream Trolls on-demand in April was met with some hesitance as the move might hurt the theatre industry, but did result in record-breaking sales amid the pandemic response. The success moved Kendrick from the fourth spot on the McAfee list in 2019 to number one in 2020.
Anna Kendrick is among several other actors and musicians in the top ten of the McAfee list that includes Sean Combs, Blake Lively, Taylor Swift and Julia Roberts. These names evoke a timelessness in a year that seems to
This isn’t quite pitch perfect!
Anna Kendrick has found herself topping a celebrity list that most people shouldn’t be on.
The “Pitch Perfect” actress ranks at the top of McAfee’s U.S. list of most dangerous celebrities to search for online.
For the 14th year, the computer virus fighters have researched which famous names generate the riskiest search results that could potentially trigger consumers to unknowingly install malware on their devices.
The Academy Award nominated actress, currently starring in the HBO Max series “Love Life,” beat out the likes of Diddy, Blake Lively, Mariah Carey and Jason Derulo as the most dangerous celebrity to search for.
“Cybercriminals use consumers’ fascination with celebrity culture to drive unsuspecting fans to malicious websites that install malware on their devices, potentially putting personal information and log-in details in the wrong hands,” McAfee’s VP Baker Nanduru said with Tuesday’s announcement of the list.
“Consumers are searching the web for free online entertainment now more than ever, and as cybercriminals continue to implement deceptive practices such as fake sites claiming to offer free content, it is crucial that fans stay vigilant about protecting their digital lives and think twice before clicking,” Nanduru added.
On last year’s list – where “Gilmore Girls” star Alexis Bledel took the top spot — Kendrick was No. 4.
Due to the the recent release of “Trolls World Tour,” in which she was the voice of Princess Poppy, she has become a hot commodity on the web.
Trailing her as the No. 2 most dangerous celebrity is hip hop mogul Sean Combs (also known as Diddy), and TV and film star Blake Lively at No. 3.
Best-selling music icon Mariah Carey is No. 4, followed by ex-NSync member Justin Timberlake (No. 5) and Taylor Swift (No. 6).
Rounding out the top 10 are