Comedian Kapil Sharma ranked No. 1 on 2017 McAfee Most Sensational Celebrities List

20th October 2017 | By Mouseworld Now Correspondent |

Comedian-Kapil-SharmaNew Delhi, India, Oct.20, 2017 –IT Security major McAfee has released its 2017 McAfee Most Sensational Celebrities List. This time comedian and actor Kapil Sharma has replaced Sonakshi Sinha as the most sensational celebrity to search for online in 2017. For the 11thyear in a row, McAfee researched famous individuals to reveal the riskiest celebrity to search for online. The research reveals which Bollywood icons generate the riskiest search results that could potentially expose their fans to malicious websites.

A prominent male comedian in both the television industry and Bollywood, Kapil Sharma has topped the McAfee Most Sensational Celebrities list 2017. Salman Khan comes in the second place followed closely by Aamir Khan(No. 3). Among the female celebrities, actor and singer Priyanka Choprastands4thin the list, who was No. 7 in 2016, followed by Anushka Sharma (No. 5), Sunny Leone (No. 6) andKanganaRanaut (No. 7). Ranveer Singh (No. 8), Shahid Kapoor (No. 9) andTiger Shroff (No. 10) round out the rest of the top 10 list.

Cybercriminals continue to use the fascination of consumers with celebrity culture to drive unsuspecting users to potentially malicious websites that can be used to install malware, steal personal information and even passwords. The study, conducted by McAfee and now in its 11th year, highlights the dangers of clicking on suspicious links when searching for celebrity-focused content.

“With today’s digital explosion, the gap between celebrities and their fans has diminished. There’s a looming interest among Indians to know more about their favorite icons, for which there’s a deluge of fresh and readily consumable content made available.” said Venkat Krishnapur, Head of R&D Operations, McAfee. “Cybercriminals are leveraging this interest and preying on consumer vulnerabilities when they compromise on security in favor of convenience. In today’s fast evolving cybersecurity environment, this haste for consumption can be used for malicious intent. Thinking before clicking is as imperative as adopting the right security solutions to stay safe online.”

Kapil Sharma, topping the list indicates the increasing popularity of the comedy space andTelevision industry among the Indian audience, making it as vulnerable as Bollywood cinema.

The top 10 celebrities from this year’s study with the highest risk percentage are: Kapil Sharma (9.58%), Salman Khan (9.03%), Aamir Khan (8.89% ), Priyanka Chopra (8.75%), Anushka Sharma (8.47%), Sunny Leone (8.33%), KanganaRanaut (8.19%), Ranveer Singh (8.06%), Shahid Kapoor (7.92%), and Tiger Shroff (7.78%).

McAfee conducted the study using McAfee WebAdvisor site ratings to determine the number of risky websites generated by searches on Google, Bing and Yahoo!, that included a celebrity name and search terms likely to yield potentially malicious websites in the results. An overall risk percentage was calculated for each celebrity using the total number of risky websites divided by the number of search results returned. “Most sensational” really means that these celebrities are likely popular search subjects.

McAfee Tips to Search Safely

Be careful what you click. Are you looking for the footage ofKapil Sharma’s comedy shows? It’s better to wait for the official airing and re-runs on television and the official websites than to visit a third-party website that could contain malware.

Searching for free MP4s? Watch out! Searching for “free MP4” returned the highest number of risky websites, so it’s important for consumers to be vigilant and ensure they are searching safely.

Browse with security protection like McAfee WebAdvisor. This McAfee tool can help keep you safe by identifying malicious websites and warning the user before they click.

Use cross-device protection. As our daily activities become more ingrained in our digital lives it’s important to keep everything protected. A comprehensive security solution, like McAfee Total Protection, can help ensure that your devices are protected against malware, phishing attacksand device-specific protection in the event of loss or theft.

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