Avril Lavigne is the Internet’s most dangerous celebrity

September 25, 2017

What if—and stay with me here—the Avril Lavigne we know presently in 2017 is a different Avril Lavigne than the one we came to know and love? What if Avril Lavigne vanished in 2003, shortly after hiring a body double to deal with the pressures of increasing worldwide fame, and in the wake of the real Avril’s dissapearance, that body double—Melissa is her name—became the singer we now know as Avril Lavigne? It’s Complicated, I know, that a Girlfriend of Lavigne’s may have become her. Believe me, I’m With You. Don’t Tell Me that you’re Losing Grip, though. You can Smile, because it’s probably not true, Sk8er Boi.

Well, that whole conspiracy theory might be one of a few reasons that the Belleville, ON native was recently named the most dangerous celebrity on the Internet. Cybersecurity wizards McAfee just released a list that can tell you which famous people frequently searched for are most likely to mess up your computer with malware and spyware and viruses, and Lavigne is right at the top. Other Canadian notables include: Céline Dion, Justin Bieber, and Carly Rae Jepsen. Last year the big one to watch for was Amy Schumer.

If you just Google Avril Lavigne’s name, there’s a 14.5 per cent chance of winding up at an infected website, but if you add “free MP3s” to that search, it pops up to 22 per cent. Is that a chance you’re willing to take just so you can indulge your inner conspiracy theorist? Whatever you’re looking for, be careful!


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About the Author

Matt Williams

Matt Williams is a writer and photographer. Born and raised on the Prairies in Winnipeg, he’s slowly made his way farther and farther east, spending a few years covering music in Toronto before running clear out of country and ending up on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean. In between, he’s made numerous detours, interviewing and photographing countless artists across North America and beyond. He heads up Amplify’s Instrumental series, where he talks with musicians about the relationships they’ve formed with their most important tools.

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