Her steely glare across the X Factor judging panel. Her quick tongue. Her mean left hook in a Surrey nightclub bathroom circa 2003.
There are many reasons why the name ‘Cheryl Cole’ strikes fear into the hearts of the general public. Now, the internet is afraid of her, too.
The singer, known as Cheryl Fernandez-Versini after getting married earlier this year, has just been named the “most dangerous celebrity” to look up online in the UK by web security providers McAfee.
According to the firm, 15 per cent of search results related to her former name contained links to high risk content such as spyware, viruses, spam, phishing, adware and other malware. Attach to the term 'Cheryl Cole' the words 'video' or 'picture' and the risk is further increased – the terms are utilised by hackers to lure in users, as are searches like 'Cheryl Cole downloads' and 'Cheryl Cole mp4s'.
Meanwhile, all five members of One Direction appear in the Top 20 most dangerous, with searches for Harry Styles the most risky at eighth most dangerous.
Samantha Humphries-Swift, McAfee Labs product manager, said: "The desire for consumers to have access to the latest celebrity information can often make them vulnerable to cybercrime.
Cheryl Fernandez-Versini best quotes
Cheryl Fernandez-Versini best quotes
1/15 On relating to Prince Harry:
"I love Prince Harry. Good looking and a bit of a rebel. Me and his dad are as thick as thieves and I knew Harry before I knew his dad so we've met a few times. I think he's amazing. And I think you can relate to him because he's made mistakes. He's cool."
2/15 On her allegedly unattractive feet:
"Don't show my feet, Don't put the camera on my feet. A lot of people have foot fetishes, but they wouldn't have them over mine. They're dainty, they're a size 3, but there's nothing pretty about them."
3/15 On gender:
"I am a woman and I like sex."
Sport Relief/Gary Moyes
4/15 On Simon Cowell:
"Simon is the most charismatic man I've ever met -- it's like he's trancing you or something. It's actually quite scary."
5/15 On being 'urban':
"I still am very street - I just have nicer clothes. I'm not ashamed of that."
6/15 On her foes:
"If I could be good at any sport, it'd be javelin. I know a few people I would love to throw a spear at."
7/15 On her famous up-dos:
"I love that style. I felt really glamorous with it. The bigger the better I always say, the higher the hair, the closer to heaven."
8/15 On fighting:
"If someone attacked a Tweedy, we were taught to defend ourselves."
9/15 On her infamous bottom tattoo:
"It was in the thousands, probably the cost of a small car. He's an exceptional artist and he was worth it."
10/15 On what men want (apparently):
“As long as your hair's looking good and you've got a nice amount of make-up on. [In the bedroom] you've just got to throw your man on the bed and hop on! I think most men prefer to hear little breaths rather than big screams.”
11/15 On breast enhancement speculation:
“It's not my fault they're pert.”
12/15 On her X Factor sacking:
“Now I can say that Simon was right to get rid of me. “I wasn't well in the head when that was going on, so it wasn't going to work. But he wasn't right not to tell me to my face.”
13/15 On former husband Ashley Cole's culinary skills:
“He couldn't even cook toast.”
14/15 On her style:
'I don't think I'm a style icon, not at all. Sometimes I just want to rock out in me scruffs and me Uggs. You know, a really comfy old tracksuit with maybe a dollop of ketchup down the front.'
15/15 On, um, water:
"You can't hold on to water. It fills you up but never stays. It's only good to wash away, today."
"Most consumers do not realise the security risks they are exposing themselves to when searching for celebrity videos and images online. But cybercriminals can exploit this desire for breaking celebrity news, leading consumers to sites that download harmful malware on to their devices and compromise personal data."
In terms of dangerous world searches, US chat show host Jimmy Kimmel is the worst name you could type into Google. His moniker carries a 19.38 per cent risk of entering a site with malicious content.Reuse content