Prince William is ‘the most dangerous royal’ online according to security company McAfee.
While not responsible for Stuxnet, running a meth lab or part of Anonymous, the future king has been fingered as a dangerous search term in a study of popular people.
Following on from a similar ‘Most Dangerous Celebrities’ survey, McAfee’s research concludes that searching for the latest Prince William pictures and stories yields a greater chance of landing on a website that has tested positive for malware, phishing attempts and other online threats.
“With Prince William’s recent marriage raising his profile even higher than before, it’s no surprise that the cyber-crooks have taken advantage of his popularity to target consumers”, says McAfee’s Raj Samani, EMEA Chief Technology Officer. “The bad guys are smart, and they adapt their scams to appeal to whatever we’re most likely to be searching for. To keep your valuable personal data safe over the Jubilee weekend, surf securely by ensuring the sites you visit have been verified as safe.”
William ranks above ‘any other royal,’ in terms of malware threat, trumping searches for his wife Kate Middleton and his would-be weatherman dad Prince Charles.
The full royal flush of threats is as follows: Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince Charles, Prince Harry and Queen Elizabeth II.
Scammers using popular searches to hijack victims isn’t exactly new. Look at how in the Android app store, fake Angry Birds and Cut the Rope apps were used to dupe the unsuspecting. But while this isn’t news, with the Jubilee weekend in full swing, it might be prudent to install a site tracker and keep your security suite up to date.