5 Things You Should Know About Internet Security and Privacy
Everything you do online is being tracked… whether you use incognito mode or not
Our online lives are always at risk of cyber attacks. Our personal data, including geographical location, emails, usernames, and financial details are greatly sought-after. Relying on the experts’ caution, the issue becomes even worse, as you should expect your internet history, specifically adult sites you visit, to be leaked.
Millions of men [and a large number of women] regularly search for and visit adult content sites, most likely using incognito mode to keep their search history clear. Using incognito may mean your family won’t find out that you’re visiting adult sites, as your session history is not stored locally. But it will be unquestionably stored somewhere!
This is a massive security-and-privacy issue that tends to get ignored. And if you think that it won’t ever affect you, think again. Even experts make mistakes, and just one mistake can be enough to ruin your life. If this sounds too dramatic for you, go ahead and skip the following tips altogether. If you don’t feel like an expert in the case, below are some tips for your deliberation.
Let’s take a look at where and why visiting adult websites might cause trouble for you.
5 Things you should know about Internet security and privacy
- Your sensitive data may be hacked
When you use your real IP address while web surfing, hackers can steal your sensitive information, linking your search data to your IP address. It is their first lead. As another scenario, adult websites can and are the subject of hacker attacks, and the personal data of all visitors can be snatched. E.g. nearly 800,000 accounts of visitors to the Brazzers adult content site were leaked. This is possible even when you are browsing in incognito mode. We won’t go into the technical reasons why in this article, but trust us, it’s true. Basically, incognito browsing can be seen as a dangerous thing to do, as it could mislead you into thinking what you are viewing is completely anonymous. But this is absolutely not the case.
- Be mindful of third-party trackers
Your web browser leaves a unique ‘footprint’ every time you visit a web page. This means that you give a website a lot of information about your computer and your identity from the moment you do anything online.
Each time you click on a link, as well as the first-party request (to get a webpage you want to see), you also send a third-party request which is automatically directed at the numerous advertising trackers linked to the site, without your knowledge, so the third-party can effectively “push” other adult content at you exactly.
Now your IP address is exposed to third parties, as is your geo-location, your system hardware, information about the browser, and even whether your device is handheld or not. The result of all this is that adult advertisers can now build detailed profiles that they can share with other adult businesses – all without your consent or knowledge.
- Leaks and breaches
Your viewing habits are certainly not something you want to be made publicly available. And that’s the right attitude. Whether porn, adult movies, cam sites or online dating services, your internet history can affect your reputation and can be used against you. Just one visit to the “wrong” site can result in you being blackmailed, or your IP address being blacklisted by mainstream online services, such as banking.
The Ashley Madison case is proof of the dangers of visiting adult sites. Ashley Madison is a dating website focused on facilitating extra-marital affairs. In summer 2015, an unidentified group of hackers stole the personal details of the site’s members; they then threatened the site’s owners that they would leak the entire database unless the website was shut down. Ashley Madison refused, and 9GB of personal data was released to the Darknet website. It contained everything, including members’ usernames and email addresses, sexual preferences, biographical data, and even their GPS locations.
Of course, adult content websites are not distributing malware themselves. They want people to return and keep using their websites. It simply doesn’t make any sense for adult content sites to put their reputations on the line. However, there’s something called malvertising, and this is the real issue. Malware is more commonly distributed through advertising networks. In truth, just one wrong click and you could end up downloading a virus, Trojan, worm, or whatever else is out there that can lock down your computer. Such malware can release your browsing history to the public, including any pornography sites you have searched for and visited, etc., unless you pay the hackers.
Effortlessly cloned, effortlessly adapted, and seemingly incredible easy to bypass even the most up to date security checks, malicious malware can be cloaked as duplicate apps just waiting to infect your device.
- Legal consequences
If you are not careful when visiting adult websites you can find yourself in all kinds of trouble. Even if you have no intention of joining, just visiting these sites can affect you. Illegal files can find their way onto your system without your knowledge.
In 2010, criminals stored child pornography on the computers of innocent victims through the use of a virus. If you were infected, your computer would have child porn on it without you even realising it. The scary thing is that the “I didn’t know” defence is not a weighty argument in the court to believe you are innocent and just became a victim of cybercriminals.
You can still stay safe
Unless you take reasonable steps to protect yourself online, your activities will be tracked.
The best advice we could possibly offer you is this; the next time you search for or visit an adult content website be sure to use a virtual private network – XxxSexContacts.com is the only [adult] sex contacts service [site] we can recommend because no personal information is required from you to use the service.
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