Superman Coming in at Number 1

Posted by News Room On Tuesday, July 22, 2014 0 comments
McAfee released its second annual 2014 Most Toxic Superheroes list, with Superman coming in at number 1. This research is based on which superheroes are kryptonite on the web and result in bad links, including viruses, malware and sites laden with malicious software designed to steal passwords and personal information. With excitement building for the upcoming Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice film, it’s no surprise that these superheroes top the list.
The top 10 villainous superheroes for online surfers this year are:
McAfee’s Top 10 Most Toxic Superheroes:
  1. Superman, 16.50%
  2. Thor, 16.35%
  3. Wonder Woman + Aquaman (tie) 15.70%
  4. Wolverine, 15.10%
  5. Spiderman, 14.70%
  6. Batman, 14.20%
  7. Black Widow, 13.85%
  8. Captain America, 13.50%
  9. Green Lantern, 11.25%Ghost Rider, 10.83%
*% indicates chance of landing on a website that has tested positive for online threats such as spyware, adware, spam, phishing, viruses or other malware.
As you can see, this year two female superheroes – Wonder Woman and Black Widow – soared their way to the top 10. Last year’s number 1 most toxic superhero, Aquaman, has sunken to the number 3 spot to tie with Wonder Woman.
Robert Siciliano, Online Security Expert for McAfee, shares more information about how criminals follow the news and trends to take advantage of enthusiastic fans and tips on how these fans should protect themselves against toxic viruses and malware when searching about "Superman”. Please let me know if you’re interested in speaking with Robert to learn more about McAfee’s Most Toxic Superheroes list.
Tips to Stay Protected:
  • Be suspicious: If a search turns up a link to free content or too-good-to-be-true offers, be wary
  • Beware: Of content that prompts you to download anything before providing you with content. You may want to opt to watch streaming videos or download content from an established site, such as Hulu, Netflix, NBC, or ABCtv.
  • Free downloads: Are significantly the highest virus-prone search terms. Anyone searching for videos or files to download should be careful as not to unleash malware on their computer.
  • Double-check the web address: Look for misspellings or other clues that the site you are going to may not be safe.
Methodology - Research was conducted during June 2014 on the top superheroes with upcoming film releases or films released over the last few years. The study uses McAfee SiteAdvisor site ratings, which indicate which sites are risky to search for superhero names on the Web and calculate an overall risk percentage. For example, fans searching for “Superman and free torrent download,” “Superman and watch,” “Superman and free app,” etc. are at risk of running into online threats designed to steal personal information. Clicking on these risky sites and downloading files like pictures and videos exposes surfers or consumers to the risk of downloading viruses and malware.


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