Beware When You Search for These TV Shows and Movies

By on Jun 12, 2020

Beware When You Search for These TV Shows and Movies

If you’ve been following recent stay-at-home orders, it’s likely that you’ve been scavenging the internet for new content to help pass the time.

But having multiple streaming subscriptions can quickly add up. Consequentially, users who are hesitant to pay more for online streaming subscriptions

Criminals are often behind these websites, luring unsuspecting users into schemes via “free” downloads of popular movies and TV shows. Some of these movies and shows are risker than others, however, as McAfee WebAdvisor data has revealed* certain titles are tied to potential malware and phishing threats.

Let’s take a look at the TV shows and movies that could lead you to a dangerous download instead of your next film spree, as well as discuss what users can do to stay secure.

 Top 10 Australian TV and Movie Titles

Top 10 Australian TV Titles With Risky Results With Risky Results
1.      Unorthadox Ace Ventura
2.      You Green Book
3.      Family Guy John Wick
4.      Big Mouth The Machinist
5.      Homeland Annihilation
6.      The Vampire Diaries Ex Machina
7.      Dynasty A Star Is Born
8.      Lost Fyre
9.      Brooklyn Nine-Nine Lady Macbeth
10.  Stranger Things Bird Box

 Stay Protected While Streaming

While consumers search for new content from home, criminals are clearly searching for ways to trick eager TV and movie fans. However, there’s still a way users can stay both entertained and secure during this time. Follow these tips to help ensure that your online entertainment experience is safe:

 Watch what you click

Users looking to catch up on Season 2 of “You” or watch the “The Incredibles” on repeat should be cautious and only access entertainment content directly from a reliable source. The safest thing to do is to subscribe to a streaming site that offers the content or download the movie from credible websites, instead of downloading a “free” version from a website that could contain malware.

 Refrain from using illegal streaming sites

Many illegal streaming sites are riddled with malware or adware disguised as pirated video files. Do your device a favor and stream the show from a reputable source.

Use a comprehensive security Solution

Use a solution like McAfee Total Protection. This can help protect your devices from malware, phishing attacks, and other threats. It also includes McAfee WebAdvisor, which helps alert users of malicious websites. Additionally, McAfee WebAdvisor can be accessed as a free download.

Use parental control software

Kids are tech-savvy and may search for movies by themselves. Ensure that limits are set on your child’s device and use software that can help minimize exposure to potentially malicious or inappropriate websites.

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*Methodology: McAfee pulled the most popular TV and movie titles available on Australian streaming sites according to “best of” articles by a range of Australian publications. The web results for the searches of the entertainment titles with modifying terms, such as “TV show” and “torrent,” were then analyzed. Other popular modifying search terms include “free download,” “free login,” “free,” and “pirated download.” From there, the resulting URLs and domains were measured using McAfee WebAdvisor data and assigned a score of high, medium, or unverified risk. The results identified the top 10 TV shows and movie titles with the highest risk of being used by criminals to spread malware and phishing threats.

 

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Baker Nanduru

Baker Nanduru currently serves as VP of Endpoint Segment at McAfee. He is a seasoned product leader and entrepreneur with extensive experience in consumer and small business market-leading companies like Symantec, GoDaddy, and several startups. A proud Cal-Berkeley alum, he is passionate about enriching consumer lives with product and business model innovation. He is an ...

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