Shawn Mendes is Canada’s Most Dangerous Celebrity in 2017: McAfee

Shawn Mendes has displaced Justin Bieber as the most dangerous celebrity for Canadians to search for online. For the eleventh year in a row, McAfee researched famous individuals to reveal the riskiest celebrity to search for online. While the list has historically included a mix of musicians, actors and TV hosts, this year’s research identified musicians exclusively as the “most dangerous” in both Canadian and global results. The research reveals which celebrities generate the riskiest search results that could potentially expose their fans to malicious websites.

Canada’s Most Dangerous Celebrities are all musicians, with Shawn Mendes leading the pack at No. 1 in his debut on the list. Singer and songwriter Mendes sparked his career by posting song covers on Vine in 2013. Since then he’s released two albums that both debuted on at number one at U.S. Billboard 200. Several musicians returned after earlier appearances, including Justin Bieber (No. 2), Avril Lavigne (No. 3), and Drake (No. 6). Rounding out the list are Celine Dion (No. 4), Carly Rae Jepsen (No. 5), and Alessia Cara (No. 7).

In the U.S., Avril Lavigne topped the list. She’s sold more than 40 million albums worldwide, and is the second best-selling female artist in Canada of all time. Today, Lavigne adds “first female musician to take the No. 1 spot on the McAfee Most Dangerous Celebrities study” to her achievements. Lavigne was ranked number two in 2013 finishing behind Lily Collins on the list. Bruno Mars (No. 2) made his debut this year in second place followed closely behind by Carly Rae Jepsen (No. 3). Musicians Zayn Malik (No. 4), Celine Dion (No. 5), Calvin Harris (No. 6), Justin Bieber (No. 7), Diddy (No. 8), Katy Perry (No. 9) and Beyoncé (No. 10) round out the rest of the U.S. top 10 list.

Cybercriminals continue to use the fascination of consumers with celebrity culture to drive unsuspecting users to potentially malicious websites that can be used to install malware, steal personal information and even passwords.

Searching for “Avril Lavigne free mp3” Results in a 22% Chance of Landing on a Malicious Website

The global music market grew nearly 6% in 2016, so it’s clear that music continues to be a big part of the daily lives of consumers, and as a result, no surprise that the top 10 celebrities are from the music industry. As artists go on tour, and release new albums and songs, the appetite for more content from these singer-songwriters continues to grow.

The top Canadian celebrities from this year’s study with the highest risk percentage are:

Position Celebrity Percentage
1 Shawn Mendes 14.08%
2 Justin Bieber 14.05%
3 Avril Lavigne 13.27%
4 Celine Dion 11.86%
5 Carly Rae Jepsen 11.53%
6 Drake 8.75%
7 Alessia Cara 8.06%


The top 10 celebrities from this year’s U.S. study with the highest risk percentage are:

Position Celebrity Percentage
1 Avril Lavigne 14.51%
2 Bruno Mars 13.43%
3 Carly Rae Jepsen 13.19%
4 Zayn Malik 13.06%
5 Celine Dion 12.92%
6 Calvin Harris 12.48%
7 Justin Bieber 12.33%
8 Diddy 12.32%
9 Katy Perry 12.25%
10 Beyoncé (search was conducted with “Beyonce”) 12.09%


How to Search Safely

  • Be careful what you click. Are you looking for a sneak-peak at new material from Shawn Mendes? It’s better to wait for an official release than to visit a third-party website that could contain malware.
  • Searching for free MP3s? Watch out! Searching for “free MP3” returned the highest number of risky websites, so it’s important for consumers to be vigilant and ensure they are searching safely.
  • Browse with security protection like McAfee WebAdvisor. This McAfee tool can help keep you safe by identifying malicious websites and warning the user before they click. Download this free tool here:
  • Use cross-device protection. As our daily activities become more ingrained in our digital lives it’s important to keep everything protected. A comprehensive security solution, like McAfee Total Protection, can help ensure that your devices are protected against malware, phishing attacks and device-specific protection in the event of loss or theft.


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