Jordan most dangerous celeb on web, claims McAfee

Web security

UK web surfers searching for images and information on Jordan's real-life alter ego Katie Price are more likely to find themselves targeted by malware than other celeb fans according to a security firm.

McAfee conducted research on a number of websites and discovered that one in six linked to the model played home to some sort of security nasty.

"Cybercriminals are star watchers too they latch onto popular celebrities to encourage the download of malicious software in disguise," Jeff Green, senior vice president of McAfee Avert Labs, said in a statement.

"Consumers' obsession with celebrity news and culture is harmless in theory, but one bad download can cause a lot of damage to a computer."

Jude Law came in at number two, while US web searchers were warned that those searching for film star Jessica Biel were most susceptible to security risks. Pop star Beyonce was listed as the second celeb in US rankings for the second year running.

"Fans searching for 'Jessica Biel' or 'Jessica Biel downloads,' 'Jessica Biel wallpaper,' 'Jessica Biel screen savers,' 'Jessica Biel photos' and 'Jessica Biel videos' have a one in five chance of landing at a website that's tested positive for online threats, such as spyware, adware, spam, phishing, viruses and other malware," McAfee warned in a statement.

"Searching for the latest celebrity news and downloads can cause serious damage to one's personal computer."

Top 10 UK celebs who pose security risks online

1. Katie Price2. Jude Law 3. Victoria Beckham 4. Kate Moss 5. David Beckham 6. Daniel Radcliffe 7. Kerry Katona 8. Amy Winehouse 9. Cheryl Cole 10.Leona Lewis

Maggie Holland

Maggie has been a journalist since 1999, starting her career as an editorial assistant on then-weekly magazine Computing, before working her way up to senior reporter level. In 2006, just weeks before ITPro was launched, Maggie joined Dennis Publishing as a reporter. Having worked her way up to editor of ITPro, she was appointed group editor of CloudPro and ITPro in April 2012. She became the editorial director and took responsibility for ChannelPro, in 2016.

Her areas of particular interest, aside from cloud, include management and C-level issues, the business value of technology, green and environmental issues and careers to name but a few.