Join Date: May 2005
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:
2. Thor, 16.35%
3.Wonder Woman + Aquaman (tie) 15.70%
6. Batman, 14.20%
7. Black Widow, 13.85%
8.Captain America, 13.50%
9. Green Lantern, 11.25%
10.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.
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.