Searching online for Avril Lavigne could go and make things so complicated between you and your computer, according to a new report released by anti-virus and cyber security company McAfee.
Of course, this isn't because Avril is resistant to growing up, or because she's into Sk8er Bois. No, it's because, as McAfee's annual report on the most dangerous celebrities to search for online claims, searching for the pop rock princess' name could "drive unsuspecting users to potentially malicious websites that can be used to install malware, steal personal information and even passwords".
Avril wasn't the only musician on the list. In fact, pop stars make up the top ten of the most dangerous celebrities to search for. Also included are Zayn Malik, Carly Rae Jepsen, Celine Dion, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Beyonce, Diddy, Calvin Harris and Bruno Mars.
Part of the danger of searching for these stars, McAfee states, stems from web users seeking out pirated music and free MP3s. Avril's name topped the list, however, due to a recent conspiracy theory that suggested that the singer had died and been replaced by a clone called Melissa.
“In today’s digital world, we want the latest hit albums, videos, movies and more, immediately available on our devices,” said Gary Davis, chief consumer security evangelist at McAfee. “Consumers often prioritize their convenience over security by engaging in risky behavior like clicking on suspicious links that promise the latest content from celebrities. It’s imperative that they slow down and consider the risks associated with searching for downloadable content. Thinking before clicking goes a long way to stay safe online.”
When she's not causing risk to your computer, Avril Lavigne has been hard at work on her new album. The singer, who released her last self-titled album in 2013, has been teasing the recording process on Instagram.
Meanwhile, Avril Lavigne's three Number 1 albums, Let Go, Under My Skin and Best Damned Thing, were all recently released on vinyl for the first time.