Porn Websites Are Far More Safer Than Usual Websites Claims Malwarebytes Researcher

A new research suggests that porn sites are far safer for your computer than other conventional websites.

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If you’ve ever had a virus or a malware on your computer, the first question that pops in your friend’s head is, ‘Oh what have you been looking at?’

Well, if you are familiar with this question, then you’ll be shocked to know that porn sites are making serious efforts to clean up their act and trying hard to refute the myth that adult sites put you at risk.

According to a report from a renowned porn site, 78.9 billion adult videos were watched last year. This equals an astonishing eleven videos for every person on the planet. So, in order to keep this number going, porn sites have a responsibility to keep their sites clean from malicious content. And they have.

According to a 2014 report, porn sites are safer than a lot of non-porn websites. Marcin Kleczynski, CEO of Malwarebytes in a report said, “They (porn sites) do take security seriously, their response times (to an attack) have been significantly better than other publishers.”

Besides keeping their sites safe there are other steps the adult entertainment industry is implementing.

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Malvertising:

Malicious advertising or malvertising refers to the use of online adverts to spread malware and infect consumers' computers. Malvertising is one of the most common sources of computer viruses.

These online advertising networks use cookies and other user data to create extremely targeted advertisements that users see on the web pages. However, according to Malwarebytes’ senior security researcher, Jerome Segura, not all of the ad networks apply the same guidelines.

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This means that for every advertiser obeying the rules, there are third-party peeps looking for a good time with your computer. “Because they are all tied in together sometimes an (ad) impression will go through multiple parties. A particular ad impression can go through five, ten, fifteen, twenty different parties before it gets back into your browser”, Segura said.

Last year, adult porn site PornHub was affected by a malware attack, posing a great threat to the site’s 800 million a month users. The adult site was infected with malicious adverts which directed the viewers to deceitful web pages. These fraudulent web pages would then automatically download a ransomware onto a victim’s device. The ransomware then either threatens to leak embarrassing data or locking a user’s machine until the ransom is paid in full.

In order to tackle complications like this, companies are taking extra precautions to protect site users. “Pornography publishers are about half the publishers we work with,” says Marcin Kleczynski.

Even some normal searches such as iPhone 7 and key events like the Super Bowl are more likely to redirect you to a potentially harmful site full of malvertising such as cheap ad platforms to make it easy for malicious content to infect countless computers in the blink of an eye.

With porn becoming more mainstream, it’s no longer a wonder and hence, not as lucrative to target a simple porn site.

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The HTTPS Roll Call:

HTTPS stands for Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure, an internet communication protocol that protects the integrity and confidentiality of the viewers' data.

For instance, suppose a user enters data into a form of a website, to purchase a product or to subscribe to updates, the HTTPS safeguards that user’s personal information between the user and the site.The data sent using HTTPS is secured via encryption, data integrity and authentication.

xHamster, one of the world’s most popular adult site, recently made the move to HTTPS themselves. Major tech firms, such as google, in full sync with this move, have begun domain-shaming some of the most popular websites that either aren’t encrypted or don’t use modern cryptography.

Xhamster spokesperson Alex Hawkins says, “There’s no excuse for anyone to be using HTTP without the proper protection upgrades necessary for full HTTPS compliance.”

Putting ‘Tracking’ Out Of Action:

Princeton University earlier this year investigated the top one million websites to detect which type of site is most likely to track your online viewing. And guess who turned out to be in front? Adult sites? No.

If you’re looking for an answer, news sites, followed by arts and sports were among the top.

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In fact, Princeton found that advertising was one of the chief contributors to trackers, with trackers from Google’s DoubleClick and others living behind the curtain on news sites.

When it comes to tracking, adult sites, though, turn out to be far less strenuous. In fact, an average porn site has fewer than 10 tracker and non-tracker items on their sites, whereas a normal site has approximately 25 tracking and non-tracking third-party items installed.

So if you’re bothered about being tracked online, then porn sites should be the least of your concerns.

To summarise, there are a lot of dubious people online waiting to take advantage of your iniquities. But, thanks to a safer protocol and anti-malware companies, porn sites are no longer an issue.

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An ardent music enthusiast, a true idealist and an INFP. Loves to play football and volleyball. Enjoys watching TV series and movies, irrespective of their genre. Obsessed with role-playing games. Believes in ‘live-and-let live’. Fascinated by the mysteries of the unknown. More of a ‘try me’ than a ‘why me’ kind.

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