Each year, computer security company, McAfee releases a list of the most dangerous celebrities on the Internet. These are people whose popularity is exploited by identity thieves and hackers who lure unsuspecting people through links in emails, social media and text messages relating to these celebrities to malware filled websites where they unknowingly download ransomware or keystroke logging malware that enables the identity thieves to steal all of the personal information from the victim’s computer, laptop, smartphone or other electronic device and use that information to make the person a victim of identity theft. This year comedian Amy Schumer tops the list followed by Justin Bieber, Carson Daly, Will Smith, Rihanna, Miley Cyrus, Chris Hardwick, Daniel Tosh, Selena Gomez and Kesha.
It is important to remember that merely because a website turns up high on a Google search does not mean that it is legitimate. Google doesn’t check out websites for legitimacy in ranking sites. The ranking is done by secret algorithms that some identity thieves are adept at manipulating. Also, as I constantly warn you, never click on links or download attachments unless you are absolutely sure that they are legitimate. Merely because it appears that a friend is passing them on to you does not make them legitimate. As for celebrity videos and photos, you should have a healthy mistrust of websites with which you are not entirely familiar. For gossip, www.tmz.com is a good place to go. They always have the latest gossip and they are legitimate. Finally make sure that you keep all of your electronic devices secure with anti-malware and anti-virus software and keep your security software current with the latest security patches.