Amy Schumer is famous for her many talents, starting out as a comedian, she also is into writing, acting and producing hilarious movies! But recently she was able to add one more title to her name, "Most Dangerous Celebrity". Recently McAfee released its 10th year, McAfee Most Dangerous Celebrities™ study and Amy Schumer was the top of the list for 2016. She is the first female comedian to take the Number One spot!

What does this mean? We do not think she is actually dangerous, just dangerous to search! Did you know that you can infect your network just by searching for Justin Bieber’s concert dates or Amy Schumer’s latest movie? Cybercriminals rely on the fact that consumers are fascinated by celebrity news and use “Clickbait” to draw you in. With enticing headlines, such as the one you clicked on to get here, consumers click on the infected site and usually are unaware the malicious site is stealing 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.”

The top 10 celebrities from this year’s study with the highest risk percentages include:

Position Celebrity Percentage
1 Amy Schumer 16.11%
2 Justin Bieber 15.00%
3 Carson Daly 13.44%
4 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 Kesha 11.11%

 

Now ask yourself, is the latest celebrity gossip really important? If you said yes, we can't judge you! So, here are a few ways to Safely Search the Internet:

  1. Think before you click. Don’t click third-party links, always go straight to the source to get more reliable information and reduce your risk. If Taylor Swift announced her new cd, then go to TaylorSwift.com or CMT.com.
  2. Have protective software such as OpenDNS which has an anti-malware feature. This can prevent malicious pages from opening, even if you are so excited to read about the Kardashians you accidentally click a bad site, it will not let you open it.
  3. Utilize Cross device protection. Have protective software on all your devices such as phones, tablets, and PCs. Consumers use all of these devices to enter personal information, shouldn't they all be protected?
  4. Keep your personal information personal. We all know, never enter your social security number but do we remember not to enter our name, number, email or even social media account information? Giveaways are fun and exciting but unless you know it is a reputable site, you could be entering to win identify theft instead of that free t-shirt.
  5. Disable or uninstall plug-ins you don’t use. Particularly Silverlight, Adobe Flash and Java. Most browsers no longer need third-party browsers, so check to see what you need. Just because you haven't used a plug-in does not mean it isn't vulnerable, especially if it is outdated.
  6. Keep Plug-ins, Browsers and Operating Systems Updated. Exploit kits can install malware on your computer through these outdated plug-ins.

 

Source: Intel Newsroom