Caroline Flack named most dangerous celebrity for UK online searches

Caroline Flack has been named the most dangerous celebrity name to search for online in the UK by a leading cybersecurity firm.

According to the latest report by anti-virus company McAfee, UK internet searches for the Love Island host generate results pointing to the riskiest of websites.

Each year the firm evaluates which celebrities produce the most results that could lead to malicious sites – those that could contain links to computer viruses and other dangerous content.

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Caroline Flack attending the ITV Gala at the London Palladium.
Caroline Flack attends the Global Gift Gala at Kimpton Fitzroy in London. (Photo by Brett Cove / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
File photo dated 22/1/2019 of Caroline Flack who has defended Love Island following the deaths of two former contestants, saying negative headlines about the show made her "angry".
Caroline Flack seen on the red carpet during The BRIT Awards 2019 at The O2, Peninsula Square in London. (Photo by Keith Mayhew / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
Caroline Flack attending the JW Marriott Grosvenor House London 90th Anniversary. Picture Credit Should Read: Doug Peters/EMPICS
Caroline Flack attending the National Television Awards 2019 held at the O2 Arena, London. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS
Caroline Flack arrives at the Daily Mirror Pride of Britain Awards 2018, at the Grosvenor Hotel, London. Picture date: Monday 29th October 2018. Photo credit should read: David Jensen/ EMPICS Entertainment
Caroline Flack attending the ITV Palooza held at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London.
Caroline Flack attends ITV Palooza!, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank, London.
Caroline Flack attending the GQ Men of the Year Awards 2018 at the Tate Modern, London. Picture credit should read: Doug Peters/Empics
Caroline Flack attending the Love Island Live photocall at the ExCel, London.
Caroline Flack attending the Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards 2018 held at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London.
Caroline Flack attending the 2018 TRIC Awards at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment
Caroline Flack attending the Fashion Awards 2017, in partnership with Swarovski, held at the Royal Albert Hall, London. Picture Credit Should Read: Doug Peters/ EMPICS Entertainment
Caroline Flack attending the Glamour Women of the Year Awards 2017 in association with NEXT, Berkeley Square Gardens, London. Photo Copyright should read Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment
Caroline Flack attending the BRIT Awards 2017, held at The O2 Arena, in London. Picture date Tuesday February 22, 2017. Picture credit should read Doug Peters/ EMPICS Entertainment. Editorial Use Only - No Merchandise.
Caroline Flack attending the House of Fraser BAFTA TV Awards 2016 at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday 8th May 2016. See PA Story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
Caroline Flack attending the House of Fraser BAFTA TV Awards 2016 at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank, London.
Caroline Flack on the front row during the House of Holland Autumn/ Winter 2016 London Fashion Week show, at the Tate Modern, London
Caroline Flack attending the ITV Gala at the London Palladium. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday November 19, 2015. See PA story SHOWBIZ ITV. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Caroline Flack attending the Music Industry Trusts Award (MITS) in aid of charities Nordon Robbins and Brit Trust at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London.
Caroline Flack arriving at the X Factor auditions held at the SSE Arena, London.
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 25: Caroline Flack attends the Brit Awards 2015 at the O2 Arena, on February 25, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by JC/Capital Pictures/Sipa USA)
Caroline Flack on the catwalk during the Fashion for Relief a charity fashion show hosted by Naomi Campbell for the Ebola crisis in Africa at Somerset House, London.
Caroline Flack attending the launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2014, at Elstree Studios, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire.
Caroline Flack arriving at the I Can't Sing! Stage Show Opening Night, London Palladium, London.
EDITORIAL USE ONLY General Merchandiser, Asif Hossain, watches television presenter Caroline Flack show off this yearâs Sport Relief merchandise during a last minute training session on a checkout treadmill, at a Sainsburyâs store in Whitechapel, east London, ahead of the Sainsburyâs Sport Relief Games, which take place on Friday 21st until Sunday 23rd March.
Caroline Flack arriving for the 2014 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Caroline Flack arriving for the 2014 National Television Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Caroline Flack arriving at The X Factor Series Launch 2013, at the May Fair Hotel, London.
Caroline Flack arriving at the final day of London Auditions for X Factor 2013, London Arena, London.
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The former Xtra Factor host topped the list ahead of Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams and James Corden.

  1. Caroline Flack
  2. Maisie Williams
  3. James Corden
  4. Nicki Minaj
  5. Billie Eilish
  6. Josh Gad
  7. Mischa Barton
  8. Sam Smith
  9. Dua Lipa
  10. Liam Hemsworth
Reality star Kim Kardashian, who was top of the UK search list in 2018, has fallen to 26th place this year.

The UK top five was completed by musicians Nicki Minaj and Billie Eilish.

Frozen star Josh Gad, actor Mischa Barton, singers Sam Smith and Dua Lipa and actor Liam Hemsworth made up the rest of the UK top ten.

McAfee chief scientist Raj Samani said: "Caroline Flack has cemented herself as one of TV's most sought-after hosts. After another year of Love Island dominating headlines in the UK, I'm not surprised she has topped this years' list.

"People want to keep up to date with the latest pop culture and celebrity news at any time from any device.

Maisie Williams
Searches for Maisie Williams also sent fans to unsafe sites (PA)

"Often consumers put that speed and convenience over security by clicking on suspicious links that promise content featuring our favourite celebrities."

"Consumers need to think before they click to be sure that they are surfing to safe digital content and protecting themselves from cyber-security threats that may be used to infect their devices or steal their identity."

The cybser-security firm urged internet users to refrain from using illegal streaming sites, warning they are "riddled" with viruses disguised as video files.

It also encouraged parents to take advantage of parental control tools to help better patrol what their children can access online.

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