She’s funny, she’s outrageous, she’s multi-talented – and according to Intel Security, she’s extremely dangerous.
Actress and comedian Amy Schumer topped the 10th annual list of the most dangerous celebrities to search for online. Intel (which sells McAfee antivirus software) ranks how likely you are to encounter malware or a computer virus when searching for the names of different celebrities.
Schumer, the popular star of “Trainwreck” and “Inside Amy Schumer,” was the riskiest search on the 2016 list. Intel estimates a search for her name carries over a 16 percent chance of connecting with a site that carries viruses or malware.
Singer Justin Bieber, seen here at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles, came in second on Intel’s list. Search for his name online, and there’s a 15 percent chance you’ll encounter sites that harbor viruses or malware.
Tied for #3: late night host Carson Daly.
Will Smith is tied on the list with Carson Daly. Searching for their names online carries about a 13 percent risk of encountering malware.
At #5 on the list, Rihanna is a popular celeb for hackers to hide behind.
“Consumers today remain fascinated with celebrity culture and go online to find the latest pop culture news,” said Intel consumer security chief Gary Davis. “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.”
“Party in the U.S.A.” - Miley Cyrus clocks in at #6.
Intel warns fans to surf safely – don’t click on unfamiliar third-party links that could expose you to computer viruses, ransomware or other online threats.
Comedian, actor and TV host Chris Hardwick is #7 on the Intel list.
Daniel Tosh, host of Comedy Central’s “Tosh.0,” is #8.
Rounding out the top 10 are two hugely popular music stars, including Selena Gomez, seen here performing at the 2015 American Music Awards in Los Angeles.
Kesha tied with Selena Gomez to round out the list of the top 10 most dangerous celebs to search for online.
Intel warns that searching for “torrent” file-sharing is especially risky – stick to streaming video from known, legitimate sources.
See Intel’s website for the complete list and more cybersecurity advice.