You may want to think twice before searching for the recent Mets kiss cam video starring comedian Amy Schumer. No, it isn’t something that’s NSFW — you never know with Schumer — but it turns out she is the most dangerous celebrity on the internet. At least that’s what the 10th annual McAfee Most Dangerous Celebrities report says.
How is this comedian so dangerous, you ask?
“Consumers today remain fascinated with celebrity culture and go online to find the latest pop culture news,” Gary Davis, chief consumer security evangelist at Intel Security, said in a press release. “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.”
Schumer is topping all kinds of charts this week, also making the fourth spot on the Forbes’ list of highest-paid comedians, earning an estimated $17 million last year — making her the first woman to ever crack the list. Because she was so professionally active, there’s a lot involving her you may want to see. So, whether you’re searching for a review of her new book, “The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo,” (which is really good, by the way) or a place to download her hit movie, Trainwreck, it’s a good idea to do so with caution (always be careful what links you’re clicking on and only download materials from sites you know are legitimate and trustworthy.)
Schumer and her representatives did not immediately respond to Credit.com’s request for comment.
Who Else is a Little Risky?
Aside from Schumer, Chris Hardwick and Daniel Tosh — who also made the top 10 — there were some other comedians who made the list of the most dangerous celebrities online, including Nikki Glaser (15th), Kevin Hart (25th), Mindy Kaling (30th), Kristen Wiig (52nd), Chelsea Handler (54th) and Ellen DeGeneres (57th).
Stars from the music industry made up half of the top 10 list, but also took up a lot of real estate in the top 30, with stars like Drake (13th), Katy Perry (14th), Jason Aldean (16th), Justin Timberlake (17th), Jennifer Lopez (18th), Lady Gaga (19th), Nicki Minaj (20th), Iggy Azalea (27th), Beyoncé (28th) and Usher (29th).
Here are the top 10 celebrities considered to be the highest-risk to search for online.
- Amy Schumer
- Justin Bieber
- Carson Daly
- Will Smith
- Miley Cyrus
- Chris Hardwick
- Daniel Tosh
- Selena Gomez
To compile this list, Intel Security used ratings from its McAfee WebAdvisor product to determine the number of risky sites created by online searches (on Google, Bing and Yahoo) of celebrity names paired with commonly search terms, like torrent, free MP4 and HD download that were likely to generate malware. From there, Intel established a risk percentage for each celebrity, deeming the most dangerous as ones that are “likely popular search subjects,” according to the press release.
Last Call With Online Security
If you couldn’t resist clicking on a Carson Daly link because you wanted that Total Request Live nostalgia only to discover it was a scam, it may be a good idea to check your credit for any signs that your identity was compromised. Some tell-all signs of this include opened accounts you don’t recognize and a sudden drop in your scores. You can get annual copies of your credit reports for free from the three major credit bureaus — TransUnion, Experian and Equifax — by visiting AnnualCreditReport.com. And you can keep an eye on your credit on a more frequent basis by viewing two of your free credit scores, updated every 14 days, on Credit.com.