Why Watching Porn On Your Mobile Is a REALLY Bad Idea

Watching adult content on a mobile phone, particularly on Android devices potentially leaves yourself at risk of having your viewing habits, history and “preferences” being exposed and also catching a nasty dose of malware.

The urge to have a cheeky peep at online porn from your ever handy smartphone might be hard to resist but is probably more dangerous than if did the same on your computer or laptop.

Most of the worlds smartphones run Android which is far less secure than desktop computers – there are many vulnerabilities on Android that can be easily exploited by hackers and are not stopped in the Play Store like they are on Apple devices. Also as a result of users not updating or in some cases, users cannot update the operating system means lots of security vulnerabilities remain open and waiting to be triggered.

Recent security research reports revealed that 40 of the 50 most visited adult websites were vulnerable to malware – malicious software that cyber criminals plant in links on websites that can trick users into installing it on their devices.

Malware can harvest information from users such as their personal data and viewing habits, which has often be used to blackmail individuals for money.

Smartphones and tablets have officially overtaken computers for malware activity and the Android operating software has been identified in the report as a particular target.

Android is also potentially more lucrative as it is installed on over 80% of smartphones around the world. Banking malware, personal information-gleaning apps, and ransomware has widely been reported in connection with Android OS flaws.

Online porn has been identified as one of the greatest threats to internet users with one study claiming it is responsible for 25% of all mobile infections as cybercriminals take advantage of users downloading images or clicking on pop-ups loaded with nefarious software.

Researchers in Germany recently revealed they were able to reveal the full browsing history of internet users including the porn habits of a judge by setting up a fake advertising company and obtaining the ‘clickstream’ data which tracked the path of individuals online.

But, if you MUST check out porn sites on your mobile, avoid clicking on adverts and pop-ups – most of which will be masked to trick you into pressing them. Also never sign-up or enter your email address on any of the sites (as if you needed to be told !); even if you don’t – beware of spam mails from sites after you have visited them. As a general rule – always make sure you have run the latest security updates before you start.

As always – Let’s be careful out there.

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About the Author: Klaus Behz