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Protect your business from Web celebs

Miley Cyrus is dangerous. That’s not a commentary on her music. It isn’t even an indictment of her recent twerking antics at the MTV Video Music Awards. Miley Cyrus is one of the most dangerous Web celebrities when it comes to cyber threats according to the McAfee 2013 Most Dangerous Cyber Celebrity report.

Cyber criminals figured out a long time ago that the best bait to use for an attack is a topic that’s already trending. When there’s a natural disaster, a mass shooting, an international crisis, or a major event like the Olympics or a royal wedding, cyber criminals craft emails and URLs that lure unsuspecting users searching for more information about the trending topic. Thanks to our celebrity obsessed culture, actors, pop stars, and those merely famous for being famous make evergreen temptations for ensnaring victims.

Miley Cyrus
Miley Cyrus is number 20 on the McAfee list of most dangerous online celebrities.

Hopefully your employees are working instead of searching the Web for breaking news about Kourtney Kardashian, but you know they’ll do that as well, so you should educate users about the potential threat and share the information from this McAfee report so they can make better decisions.

But the onus is on you to protect your network and PCs. Here are five tips to help you avoid most of these threats:

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