Kapil Sharma with Salman Khan in the Kapil Sharma Show Image: Fotocorp
Kapil Sharma is no stranger to breaking the Internet on his day, and now it seems like the comedian-turned-actor is also perfectly capable of breaking your Internet and browsing device on your bad days. A recent survey from cybersecurity firm McAfee revealed that searches related to Sharma are most likely to lead Internet users to malicious websites and increases the chances of being affected by harmful malware.
The study, conducted by antivirus giants McAfee, is now in its 11th year. The study highlights the dangers of clicking on suspicious links when searching for celebrity-focused content.
The survey revealed that Sharma, who has topped the "McAfee Most Sensational Celebrities" list 2017, has replaced actor Sonakshi Sinha, who headed the list last year.
Here's the Top 4 'riskiest' celebs of 2017:
1. Kapil Sharma
Searching for Sharma would result in a 9.58 per cent chance of landing on a malicious website, according to the study.
2. Salman Khan
Bollywood's very own danger-ranger Chulbul Pandey aka Salman Khan bagged the second spot in the list. The Sultan star would attract 9.03 per cent risk of landing on a malicious website.
3. Aamir Khan
Aamir Khan-related searches contain a risk of 8.89 per cent and Mr Perfectionist finished third this time round.
4. Priyanka Chopra
Actor Priyanka Chopra, who was at number seven in 2016, secured fourth place on the list and would increase the risk by 8.75 per cent.
Now that we've gone through the list, here's some words of advice from professionals.
"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 favourite icons for which there's a deluge of fresh and readily consumable content made available," said Venkat Krishnapur, Head of R&D Operations, McAfee, in a statement on Tuesday.
"It's important for consumers to be vigilant and ensure they are searching safely. Thinking before clicking is as imperative as adopting the right security solutions to stay safe online. If you are you looking for the footage of 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," Krishnapur added.
So, it's official. Kapil Sharma is the most 'viral' Indian celebrity on the Internet today, but just not in the way you might think.
(With inputs from IANS)