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Amy Schumer named most dangerous celebrity online

LOS ANGELES Actress and comedian Amy Schumer is the most dangerous celebrity on the internet – and not just because of her no-holds-barred personality.

Intel Security announced Wednesday that Schumer topped its 10th annual list of the most dangerous celebrities online.

A search for the “Trainwreck” and “Inside Amy Schumer” star carries over a 16 percent chance of connecting with a site that carries viruses or malware.

Following close behind, Justin Bieber was number two on the list, with a 15 percent chance of linking to malware. 

“Consumers today remain fascinated with celebrity culture and go online to find the latest pop culture news,” Gary Davis, chief consumer security evangelist at Intel Security, said in a statement on the company’s website. “With this craving for real-time information, many search and click without considering potential security risks. Cybercriminals know this and take advantage of this behavior by attempting to lead them to unsafe sites loaded with malware.”

Here’s Intel’s list of the top ten most dangerous celebs to search for online, based on its own security data:

  1. Amy Schumer​ - 16.11% risk
  2. Justin Bieber - 15% 
  3. Carson Daly - 13.44% 
  4. (tie) Will Smith - 13.44% 
  5. Rihanna​ - 13.33%
  6. Miley Cyrus​ - 12.67%
  7. Chris Hardwick - 12.56%
  8. Daniel Tosh - 11.56%
  9. Selena Gomez​​ - 11.11%
  10. (tie) Kesha​ - 11.11%

Intel, whose products include McAfee security software, urged consumers to take precautions when they surf the web. In addition to recommending antivirus software, the company’s safety tips include:

  • Think before you click! Beware of third-party links that may not be what they seem. If you’re searching for the latest episode of “Inside Amy Schumer,” go directly to the original source at comedycentral.com, not some video clip uploaded by a random user who may have ill intent.
  • “Torrent” searches are especially risky. These file-sharing tools are often used by cybercriminals who embed malware. It’s safer to limit your video viewing to legitimate streaming options​.
  • Protect your personal info. Think twice before you enter personal information like your credit card, email, home address or social media login. Online phishing scams​ can lead to identity theft.