Pornography addiction is on the rise and there are no signs that this trend will end any time soon. But here’s the thing: while pornography is often discussed in the context of morality, there’s a huge security-and-privacy angle that tends to get overlooked. Internet safety is something that everyone needs to be aware of. Part of the attraction of cybersex, or online sex, is that it can feel safe and anonymous to the user. In reality your activity on the internet is very accessible to others, many of whom do not have your best interests at heart.

And if you think that these issues won’t ever affect you, you may want to reconsider. Even the most vigilant security experts can make mistakes, and one mistake could be all it takes to ruin your life. That might sound alarmist, but it’s unfortunately true. The important thing is awareness and humility. If you know what to look out for, and if you aren’t so confident as to think these things could never happen to you, the safer you’ll be. So, in this article we will discuss about the top risks while we visit the adult sites.

Tracking User Activity

Did you know that agencies can track where you go on the Web? They can also track things like which actions you take and which links interest you the most — and using this data, they can build profiles on you. These profiles are usually innocent and marketing-related (e.g. to only show advertisements that you’ll find relevant to your interests), but the scary thing is that these profiles can be used to compile your browsing history. In the context of adult sites, this may make you uneasy.

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Data Leaks & Breaches

One visit to a bad adult website could result in you being blackmailed or extorted — and I’m not just talking about victimization by revenge porn. Whether it’s an actual porn site or something more innocent like an online dating site, your history could be used against you. Due to all of this, some people have faced so much humiliation that they’ve been driven to the brink of suicide. Others have had to deal with blackmail and sextortion, while some have even had their lives threatened.

Scammers & Fraudsters

Scams are another common sight when adult websites are concerned, and people who willingly pay for porn are especially susceptible to the trickery that awaits behind every link.With so much porn freely available on the Web, you might be wondering why anyone would ever pay for it. The truth is that most porn buyers are those who seek very specific, very niche categories — and these are so rare that they’re worth paying for.This also means that there are plenty of scammers who will gladly capitalize on these insatiable desires. Once you’re lured in by cheap or free trials, these scam subscriptions will automatically renew at exorbitant rates.

Malware

Malware as a whole is one of the more serious issues you could encounter when browsing adult websites. (It’s also a risk when you visit any website that deals in illegal activity, like warez and pirating.) The thing about malware is that the adult websites themselves aren’t distributing said malware. They want users to return and keep using their websites, so it doesn’t really make sense to put their reputations on the line for a quick buck. Legitimate adult websites aren’t out to get you.

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Legal Trouble

People who visit adult websites could find themselves in legal trouble if they aren’t careful. Child pornography is rampant and the problem is only getting worse. But even as someone who has absolutely no intention of participating, child porn could affect you. On the one hand, it seems that browser cache files don’t count as possession, so viewing something illegal online won’t also count as possession of that media even though a copy of that file does reside on your computer. However, illegal files can still find their way onto your system by other means.

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