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McAfee unveils top 10 “toxic” superheroes

Zafirah Salim | July 16, 2014
Superman is noted to be the most “toxic” superhero, followed closely by Thor.

This year, Superman comes in at number one as the as the superhero most likely to land you on a site that tests positive for online threats.

This is according to McAfee's second annual study that analyses what superhero search led to the most risky websites using McAfee's SiteAdvisor site ratings. 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.

Thor came in at second place with 16.35 percent, while Wonder Woman and Aquaman - ranked number one last year - tied at third place with 15.7 percent.

With this in mind, McAfee has provided several tips for users to keep safe online:

  • Be wary of searches that turn up a link to free content or too-good-to-be-true offers.
  • Beware of content that prompts you to download anything before providing you with content. Try to watch streaming videos or download content from an established site instead.
  • Be cautious of free downloads as they are the highest virus-prone search terms, often carrying malicious content
  • Double-check the web address, and look out for misspellings or other clues that the site you are visiting may be unsafe
  • Search safely with a web safety advisor, such as McAfee Site Advisor, that displays a red, yellow, or green ratings in search results, alerting you to potential risky sites before you click on them
  • Use comprehensive security software on all your devices to protect yourself against the latest threats


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