Introduction

<p> Computer security company McAfee earlier this week released its 2012 list of the &quot;10 Most Dangerous Celebrities&quot; online. Fortunately for the world&#39;s media outlets, all were attractive women.</p> <p> Designation as a &quot;Most Dangerous Celebrity&quot; doesn&#39;t mean that a starlet is a threat to small children and domestic animals. Rather, it means that <a href="http://www.securitynewsdaily.com/2103-hackers-trending-topics-attack.html">online searches</a> for that person will often turn up links to scams, false information and malware in the form of &quot;<a href="http://www.securitynewsdaily.com/1876-driveby-download-definition.html">drive-by downloads</a>&quot; that can immediately infect an unprotected computer.</p> <p> &quot;In today&#39;s celebrity culture, consumers expect to be able to go online to catch up with the latest photos, videos, tweets and stories about their favorite celebrities,&quot; said McAfee director of Web security research Paula Greve <a href="http://www.mcafee.com/us/about/news/2012/q3/20120910-01.aspx?cid=110907" target="_blank">in a statement</a>. &quot;Due to the richness of the data and the high interaction, oftentimes consumers forget the risks that they are taking by clicking on the links.&quot;</p> <p> You can read more about the technical details of the Most Dangerous List in <a href="http://www.securitynewsdaily.com/2252-emma-watson-most-dangerous-celebrity.html">our story from Monday</a>. But if you&#39;d like to see who they are, click "Next."</p>

Sofia Vergara

<p> This raven-haired breakout star from the ABC sitcom &quot;Modern Family&quot; is the second-biggest thing to ever come out of Barranquilla, Colombia. (The biggest thing is No. 7 in this countdown.) Vergara, 40, has a 20-year-old son with <a href="http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL3D21FA69B4C8260A" target="_blank">his own YouTube</a> series about life with a glamorous but often goofy single mom.</p> <p> [<a href="http://www.securitynewsdaily.com/2151-8-security-basics.html">8 Security Basics the Experts Want You to Know</a>]</p>

Salma Hayek

<p> The petite Mexico-born actress, 46, got her start in Mexican soap operas but quickly made the jump to Hollywood. She got wide acclaim for &quot;Frida,&quot; her 2002 biopic of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, but is even more famous for being ridiculously good-looking well into middle age.</p> <p> [<a href="http://www.securitynewsdaily.com/2061-facebook-security-quiz.html">Facebook Security Quiz: Are You Safe?</a>]</p>

Cameron Diaz

<p> The willowy blonde from Southern California, 40, known for playing charming ditzes in &quot;Charlie&#39;s Angels&quot; and in many romantic comedies, is equally famous for dating high-profile men such as singer/actor Justin Timberlake and New York Yankees player Alex Rodriguez. She was 2010&#39;s No. 1 Most Dangerous Celebrity.</p> <p> [<a href="http://www.securitynewsdaily.com/1932-11-facebook-privacy-steps.html">11 Facebook Privacy Steps to Take Now</a>]</p>

Shakira

<p> Like No. 10 Sofia Vergara, singer Shakira is from Barranquilla, Colombia, and like No. 9 Salma Hayek, she&#39;s of Lebanese descent, incorporating Middle Eastern influences into her music and onstage dancing. Shakira, 35, put out her first record when she was 13, hit it big in the U.S. Spanish-language market in 1998 and finally crossed over to the English-language pop charts in 2001.</p> <p> [<a href="http://www.securitynewsdaily.com/1645-smartphone-social-privacy-settings.html">How to Set Your Smartphone&#39;s Social Privacy Settings</a>]</p>

Megan Fox

<p> This Tennessee-born actress broke out big with the first &quot;Transformers&quot; movie in 2007, but ended up being dropped from the third installment in the series after conflicts with director Michael Bay. Fox, 26, is married to former &quot;Beverly Hills 90210&quot; star Brian Austin Green and is pregnant with the couple&#39;s first child.</p> <p> [<a href="http://www.securitynewsdaily.com/signs-pc-infected-1513/">Five Signs Your PC Is Infected</a>]</p>

Halle Berry

<p> Score another for the over-40 set! The Cleveland native, 46, got her start in beauty pageants and within a few years was on the TV drama &quot;Knots Landing.&quot; She&#39;s played a crack addict, a James Bond love interest and Catwoman, won a Best Actress Oscar for 2001&#39;s &quot;Monster&#39;s Ball&quot; and at age 42 was deemed Esquire magazine&#39;s &quot;Sexiest Woman Alive.&quot;</p> <p> [<a href="http://www.securitynewsdaily.com/1697-10-creepiest-apps-phones-facebook.html">Look Who&#39;s Stalking: 10 Creepiest Apps for Phones, Facebook</a>]</p>

Selena Gomez

<p> The youngest woman on this list at age 20, the Texas-born Gomez first appeared as one of the singing and dancing kids on &quot;Barney &amp; Friends&quot; and then became a major Disney Channel star with &quot;Wizards of Waverly Place.&quot; Like many Disney stars, Gomez developed a pop-music career and then branched out into feature films, but is today best known for being the girlfriend of Canadian pop sensation Justin Bieber.</p> <p> [<a href="http://www.securitynewsdaily.com/1881-british-facebook-hacker.html">Selena Gomez Facebook Hacker Gets Year in Jail</a>]</p>

Eva Mendes

<p> The Miami-born, Los Angeles-raised actress and model got her start in B movies but went on to star opposite Denzel Washington in &quot;Training Day,&quot; Will Smith in &quot;Hitch&quot; and Nicolas Cage in &quot;Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans.&quot; Mendes, 38, is currently in a relationship with Canadian actor Ryan Gosling.</p> <p> [<a href="http://www.securitynewsdaily.com/10-threats-you-didnt-know-1504/">10 Computer Threats You Didn&#39;t Know About</a>]</p>

Jessica Biel

<p> Minnesota-born Biel, 30, kicked off her acting career at age 14 in the TV drama &quot;7th Heaven.&quot; She&#39;s starred in dozens of feature films, but is best known for her on-again, off-again relationship with singer/actor Justin Timberlake, to whom she is now engaged.</p> <p> [<a href="http://www.securitynewsdaily.com/1826-spyware-reference-sndmp.html">Spyware: What It Is, and How to Remove It</a>]</p>

Emma Watson

<p> Paris-born, England-raised Watson, 22, became a breakout star at age 11 with the release of the first &quot;Harry Potter&quot; movie. She played Hermione Granger in all eight &quot;Potter&quot; movies, and became an inevitable sex symbol to a generation of young nerds. She is currently the face of Lanc&ocirc;me cosmetics and has starring roles in four upcoming feature films.</p> <p> [<a href="http://www.securitynewsdaily.com/thats-an-order-10-facebook-privacy-tips-from-the-marines-1200/">That&#39;s an Order! 10 Facebook Privacy Tips from the Marines</a>]</p>

The 10 Most Dangerous Women Online