ARE PORN WEBSITES SAFE?

Addiction to porn is nowadays quite common. It usually thrives behind closed doors and might not seem harmful but in reality it may have serious consequences not only on morality, partnership or having a satisfactory sex life. 

Websites for adults are full of malware and computer viruses. Such sites may gather information on your web activity, abuse privacy or even steal your credentials.

1. User tracking

When you enter any website there is information on using cookies. They store data on what activities you do on a given page, what you watch, what product you are interested in, or what stores you visit. This information is converted in sort of a profile on your preferences that contains all mentioned above details on your web activity. They are used for displaying harmless advertisements which you all must have noticed. They are there on your Facebook wall and contain products that you have previously searched for e.g. in Google. If you do not visit porn sites, this should not be a problem but it is worth knowing that such profiles have insight in your browser history. If there are porn sites on the list, your browser may display not only ordinary adverts of smartphones or fancy shoes but of more naughty content.

To prevent user tracking use the incognito mode in your browser. You can also install various plug-ins safeguarding against such practices. Nevertheless, it is almost impossible to be a hundred percent free of being tracked on the Web.

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2. Data leakage

Visiting porn websites may result in abundance of indecent spam in your mailbox. Your cookies may also be used against your will, what was mentioned in the previous paragraph. Are there any dangers of using online dating portals? Dating online seems much more decent than the online porn. Nevertheless many people do not admit that they have accounts there and are actively looking for partners for various purposes. Great Britain offers many dating portals and they all claim to protect users‘ data but you cannot be sure whether your personal data will not go public one day. Users of the Ashley Madison portal were shocked when information on their sexual preferences and geographical location was made public. It is not just about losing an account or even money but also feeling ashamed or humiliated, some users of the portal even had suicidal thoughts. What can you do to prevent yourself from such situations? Not much if you are required to give personal info to set up an account. The only piece of advice is to enter basic compulsory data without giving out juicy details.

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3. Money swindle

Paying for porn may seem pretty foolish as there are tons of free videos on the web, but some users do it. They are usually people who have taste in specific sexual preferences, niche ones which are hard to obtain for free. But giving data on credit cards or bank account numbers on such sites is highly irresponsible. Even if the site is popular and may seem trustworthy, you should carefully read each acceptance or rules and regulations on payments. First payment may be 10 pounds but its automatic prolongation may charge you with a multiple of this amount. It is similar with PlayStation Plus. If you do not uncheck the automatic renewal, Sony charges you. But here you can be sure that the amount stays the same. Another danger of paying for adult websites is the fact that your browser automatically opens additional windows encouraging to buy a subscription. If many similar windows are displayed you may easily get distracted and click one of them thereby losing considerable amount of money.

4. Malware

Although popular porn websites care about their reputation and users and do not send spam nor attack computers with viruses, visiting them may have serious consequences. After a few accidental clicks you may have Trojans, bugs, viruses and other malicious software installed on your computer and they can really damage the system. Additionally your mailbox may be flooded with tons of suspicious messages.

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5. Legal consequences

Browsing the Internet in search of adult videos may turn out disastrous. The issue of child pornography is broadly discussed in the media but, even if it does not concern you, you may accidentally get to such obscene content. Viewing such websites is not as punishable as owing them, but you cannot be sure if a given child pornography video will not be downloaded to your hard drive at some point. In 2010 in the US they caught a person that had child pornography on his computer but it was downloaded by a virus! It proves that some stuff may be downloaded to any computer without its owner‘s consent or even knowledge.

Visiting porn websites is really risky. In order to protect yourself from the threats listed above you may scan your computer with antivirus programs, do not give away your personal data or browse the Internet in the incognito mode. But the best method is just not to visit this kind of websites.

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