Porn on free websites: A malware magnet

I was recently shocked to find out that there was lots of pornographic content on the internet; okay for those who know me personally must know that I was just trying to be sarcastic. But hey, that’s the initial shock you get when you first discover that there in unlimited supply of porn online. It comes in all anatomies from pictures to videos, live chats to mention but a few, though I know I am already preaching to the converted.

But as you browse through those X-rated free sites just keep it at the back of your heads that there is some kind of malware waiting to infiltrate your computer system. One researcher found that among some of world’s most highly trafficked free pornography sites, the probability of coming into contact with malware can exceed 50 percent in some cases.

Earlier this month a famous blogger and security expert Conrad Longmore  probed into the preponderance of malware on some top pornographic sites. Utilizing data from Google’s Safe Browsing diagnostic tool, he calculated porn devotees’ risk of becoming infected with malware. According to his calculations, visitors to Pornhub.com, the 63rd most popular website in the world (and 41st in the US) have a 53% chance of coming into contact with malware.

14,263 pages tested on the site over the previous 90 days, 1,777 resulted in malicious software being downloaded and installed without user consent according to Pornhub’s Safe Browsing report

Xhamster.com—the 46th most popular website in the world, and which Longmore found offered visitors a 42% chance of coming into contact with malware, Its evident that much of the malware problem is the result of lax security from third party advertisers.

According to Google Safe Browsing, of its 21,253 pages sampled over the past 90 days, Xhamster was found to have 1,067 pages with malicious softwaremalware out of 818,788 sampled pages; YouTube, the net’s third most popular site, had 348 incidences out of 16,004,642 pages sampled; and CNN had zero incidences our of 41,628 pages sampled. And techjaja (techjaja.com) had 0 out of 200 pages tested, YES you are welcome.

“Malware Orgy”

 

With all the stats out of the way, it’s true that porn content has been on the increase year after year and so the willingness to
spend a penny to consume it as reduced tremendously. So the people who cook the malwares will always target high traffic sites with free content whose major source of financing is ads. So that way it’s easy to inject a malware orgy to high
number of unsuspecting porn consumers.

There appears to be less prevalence of malware among subscription-based porn sites. A friend who—wisely—wishes to remain anonymous referred me to some popular for-pay porn sites, where I found no occurrences of malware. At least within the past 30 days, the pay-based sites burningangel.com, brazzers.com, and suicidegirls.com all were found to have zero malware in their Safe Browsing reports.

Being omnipresent and ulterior bring about a unique equilibrium providing a bridge between society’s seedy underside and a large cross-section of the unsuspecting populace since porn has been there since the advent of the internet.

So its up to you to protect yourself as you watch by either desisting from potentially risky activities altogehter or learning to use the proper protection. (smiley face) gat you…..

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