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Oct 14th


The Most Dangerous Celebrities of 2016

Everybody loves some celebrity gossip once in a while. Whether you sift through tabloids in the checkout aisle, or bookmark fan sites on your browser, we're all suckers for a good Hollywood story. But did you know that your love for red carpet stars can be dangerous?

This year marks the 10th annual McAfee Most Dangerous Celebrities™ study published by Intel® Security, revealing the stars who are most likely to infect your device through a simple online search. Turns out, Hollywood isn't always as glamorous as it appears on the front page of People.

So, who took this year's coveted top spot? Everyone's favorite funny gal, Amy Schumer. Our annual study revealed that 16.11% of searches for the star's name lead users to malicious websites. Talk about a Trainwreck. YouTube star turned teen heartthrob Justin Bieber ranked second, followed by Carson Daly and Will Smith.

Online Safety Tips

Think before you click! Are you looking for the latest episode of Amy Schumer's T.V. show, Inside Amy Schumer? Don't click on that third-party link. Get your content directly from the original source to ensure you aren't clicking on anything that could be malicious.

Use caution when searching for "torrent." This term is by far the riskiest search term. Consumers searching for torrents or files to download should be careful as not to unleash unsafe content such as malware onto their computers

Keep your personal information personal. Cyber criminals are always looking for ways to steal your information. If you receive an unexpected request to enter information like your credit card, email, home address, or social media login don't just give it out. Do your research and ensure it's not a phishing attempt that could lead to identity theft.

Use cross device protection. Consumers need to protect their digital lives regardless of where they are, what device they use or where they store their personal data. All your internet connected devices need security protection: laptops, PCs, tablets, and smartphones. Use solutions like McAfee that deliver protection against threats including malware, hacking and phishing attacks, and device-specific protection in case of loss or theft, which will also help to secure their identity across the devices they use.