With online video consumption on the rise, given the nation-wide stay-at-home orders, McAfee researched the risks Indian consumers could potentially be exposed to when browsing the web for popular online entertainment content. As subscription-based models and content behind paywalls continue to trend, users who do not want to pay for premium content will continue searching for free content online, exposing themselves to a host of vulnerabilities.
“The lockdown induced surge in online entertainment traffic has brewed the perfect storm for cybercriminals. They are following and targeting consumers’ obsession with accessing content - particularly for free. They entice users to visit potentially malicious websites, designed to install malware or steal passwords and personal information,” said Venkat Krishnapur, vice-president of engineering and managing director, McA fee India. “In these uncertain times, it is crucial that consumers stay vigilant, invest in responsible online behaviour and recognize that if something is too good to be true, it probably isn’t true.”
From an analysis of more than one hundred most talked about entertainment titles available across today’s leading streaming providers, McAfee identified a “top 10 web risk list” for both television and movies. Ranked in order of web search risk (from highest to lowest) as identified by McAfee’s Web Advisor platform, Delhi Crime and Mardaani 2 took the top place in their respective categories.
Top 10 Web Risk List: Television – India
Top 10 Web Risk List: Movies – India
Here’s McAfee’s Top Tips to Stay Safe Online this Watching Season: