A FEMALE COMEDIAN and a Canadian bedroom door slammer are two of the biggest threats to online security.
So says Intel Security, which has revealed its 10th Most Dangerous Celebrities list. No, this isn't a list of shady celebs who you wouldn't want to meet in a dark alley, but a ranking of 'famous' faces that put your computer most at risk of a malicious infection.
The list is put together using WebAdvisor site ratings to determine the number of risky sites generated by searches on Google, Bing and Yahoo.
Intel Security said that searching for 'Amy Schumer torrent' results in a 33 per cent chance of connecting to a malicious website, while 16.11 per cent of websites promising Amy Schumer content pose a risk to a computer's safety.
Next on the list is brat-faced Bieber on 15 per cent, followed by Carson Daly and Will Smith tied on 13.44 per cent. Rihanna and Miley Cyrus follow on 13.33 per cent and 12.67 per cent, and Chris Hardwick, Daniel Tosh, Selena Gomez and Kesha round off the top 10.
"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 people search and click without considering the potential security risks. Cyber criminals know this and take advantage by attempting to lead them to unsafe sites loaded with malware.
"As a result, consumers need to understand what precautions to take to enable a safe online experiences."
If you just can't stop searching for Justin Bieber and co, Intel Security said to avoid using the word ‘torrent’ in searches, not give out personal information and use cross-device protection. Duh. µ
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