World Cup season is just around the corner. A lot of football fans will be using the internet to find out more about their football star. Well, it is worth noting that Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo is the world’s riskiest football player to search for online.
According to research from McAfee, cybercriminals are most likely to use the Portuguese star footballer to lure visitors to web pages designed to infect them with malware. Fans run the greatest risk when visiting sites offering screensaver downloads and videos showcasing the extraordinary skills of the players. Searching for the latest Cristiano Ronaldo content yields more than a 3.7% chance of landing on a website that has tested positive for online threats, such as spyware, adware, spam, phishing, viruses and other malware.
Following closely behind Ronaldo are Argentina’s Lionel Messi, Spain’s Iker Cassillas, Brazil’s Neymar and Algeria’s Karim Ziani.
Cybercriminals often leverage on consumer interest in current events to lure them to web sites rigged with malware and malicious code capable of infecting a user’s machine and stealing passwords and personal information.
McAfee researchers have used McAfee SiteAdvisor site ratings to determine which sites are risky to search when coupled with footballer names and have calculated an overall risk percentage.
To avoid becoming a victim while searching for more information about your favourite football star, beware of content that prompts you to download anything before providing you the content. Always opt to watch streaming videos or download content from official websites of content providers.
Don’t “log in” or provide other information. If you receive a message, text or email or visit a third-party website that asks for your information—credit card, email, home address, Social Media login, or other information—for access to an exclusive story, don’t give it out. Such requests are a common tactic for phishing that could lead to identity theft.