Amy Schumer Fans Most At-Risk for a Computer Virus
According to a recent study, Amy Schumer is the most dangerous celebrity to search for online. She is the first female comedian to take the top spot.
The McAfee Most Dangerous Celebrities study, which is now in its 10th year, researches a broad list of celebrities, including actors, comedians, musicians, TV hosts and athletes, to determine which celebrity generates the most search results that could expose users to viruses or malware.
Other celebrities in the top 10 list include Justin Bieber, Carson Daly, Will Smith, Rihanna, Miley Cyrus, Chris Hardwick, Daniel Tosh, Selena Gomez and Kesha.
According to McAfee, cybercriminals have been able to leverage consumers’ obsession with celebrity news to trick fans into visiting sites loaded with malware that can steal their passwords and personal information.
“Consumers today remain fascinated with celebrity culture and go online to find the latest pop culture news,” said Gary Davis, chief consumer security evangelist at Intel Security. “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. As a result, consumers need to understand what precautions to take to enable safe online experiences.”
McAfee offers the following tips for safe surfing:
- Access content through trusted providers. For example, if you want to watch Inside Amy Schumer, go to comedycentral.com instead of clicking on a third-party link.
- Avoid “torrent” searches. This is the riskiest search term, as criminals use torrents to embed malware within authentic files.
- Do not enter personal information, such as credit card details, email or home addresses, or social media logins, without first ensuring the site is legitimate.