If you’re planning to search Luke Bryan on the web you might want to think again….
Intel Security announced on Tuesday its ninth annual list of the most dangerous celebrities online. Searches for those famous names are most likely to land users on websites that carry viruses or malware. The company used its own site ratings to compile the list.
Searches for Dutch trance DJ Van Buuren carry the most risk: users have an almost 18% chance of landing on a web page with potential for online threats. Luke Bryan is #2 on the list with Usher, Britney Spears and Jay Z rounding out the top five.
Celebrities are a threat to online security because cybercriminals seek to take advantage of public interest in pop culture events, setting up pages that will enable them to steal private data. Awards shows, TV programmes, movie and album launches and celebrity breakups are often the pegs for fake pages.
Other musicians featuring on the list include: Justin Bieber (No 11), Rihanna (No 12), Jennifer Lopez and Kenny Chesney (joint No 13), Selena Gomez (No 14), Zendaya (No 15), Kanye West (No 16), Afrojack and Miley Cyrus (joint No 19) and Nick Jonas (No 20).
The full top 10 is below, along with each celebrity’s threat percentage:
1. Armin van Buuren (17.92%)
2. Luke Bryan (17.64)%
3. Usher (16.67%)
4. Britney Spears (16.39%)
5. Jay Z (15.83%)
6. Katy Perry (14.86%)
7. Amy Schumer (14.72%)
8. Betty White (14.03%)
9. Lorde (13.61%)
10. Nina Dobrev (13.19%)