Intel today revealed the 2016 McAfee most dangerous celebrities list showing popular comedian and actress Amy Schumer on top.
Celebrities in the top 10 include Justin Bieber, Carson Daly, Will Smith, Rihanna, Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez and more.
This research reveals names of celebrities who generate the most dangerous search results that could expose fans to viruses and malware while searching for the latest information on today’s pop culture icons.
Cybercriminals leverage consumers’ ongoing fascination with celebrity news – such as award and TV shows as well as movie premieres, album releases, celebrity breakups and more – to attract fans to visit sites loaded with malware that can steal passwords and personal information.
The Intel Security study highlights the various ways hackers can take advantage of consumers’ interest around pop culture news, the risks of their online behavior and how to best protect themselves from potential threats.
Intel said a search for Amy Schumer Torrent results in a 33 percent chance of connecting to a malicious website.
The top 10 celebrities from this year’s study with the highest risk percentages include:
|1||Amy Schumer||16.11 percent|
|2||Justin Bieber||15.00 percent|
|3||Carson Daly||13.44 percent|
|4||Will Smith||13.44 percent|
|6||Miley Cyrus||12.67 percent|
|7||Chris Hardwick||12.56 percent|
|8||Daniel Tosh||11.56 percent|
|9||Selena Gomez||11.11 percent|
How to Search Safely
If you are looking for the latest episode of Amy Schumer’s TV show, Inside Amy Schumer? Don’t click on that third-party link. You can get your content directly from the original source at comedycentral.com to ensure you aren’t clicking on anything that could be malicious.
Torrent is a risky search term. Cybercriminals can use torrents to embed malware within authentic files making it difficult to determine if a file is safe. Intel suggests that it’s best to avoid using torrents especially when there are so many legitimate streaming options available.
Cybercriminals are looking for ways to steal your personal information. If you receive a request to enter information like your credit card, email, home address or social media login don’t give it out thoughtlessly. Do your research and ensure it’s not a phishing or scam attempt that could lead to identity theft
You can browse safely by using protection like McAfee WebAdvisor software. WebAdvisor will help keep you safe from malicious websites by helping to identify potentially risky sites. A complimentary version of the software can be downloaded at McAfee WebAdvisor software.
Intel says consumers need to protect all facets of their digital lives regardless of where they are, what device they use or where they store their personal data. Use solutions that work across all your devices to deliver protection against threats, such as malware, hacking and phishing attacks.