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Pornography addiction is on the rise Pornography Addiction: The Hidden Struggle & How to Break Free [Feature] Pornography Addiction: The Hidden Struggle & How to Break Free [Feature] Anon22 discovered Internet porn when he was just 12 years old. For around 10 years, Anon22 has enjoyed pornography using his computer once or twice a day, a compulsion that he claims ruined his social... Read More 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 What Are Your Honest Views of Internet Porn? [We Ask You] What Are Your Honest Views of Internet Porn? [We Ask You] We all know the Internet is awash with porn. Those who aren't interested in it fool themselves into believing it's buried well away from prying eyes, while those who access it regularly know that it's... Read More , there’s a huge security-and-privacy angle that tends to get overlooked.

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.

1. User Tracking & Profiles

Did you know that agencies can track where you go on the Web? They can also track things like which actions you take 4 Seemingly Innocent Online Activities That Track Your Behavior 4 Seemingly Innocent Online Activities That Track Your Behavior Read More and which links interest you the most — and using this data, they can build profiles on you What's A Cookie & What Does It Have To Do With My Privacy? [MakeUseOf Explains] What's A Cookie & What Does It Have To Do With My Privacy? [MakeUseOf Explains] Most people know that there are cookies scattered all over the Internet, ready and willing to be eaten up by whoever can find them first. Wait, what? That can’t be right. Yes, there are cookies... Read More .

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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.

Online tracking can be subverted with methods like private “Incognito” browsing Not Just for Porn: Other Uses For Private Browsing Not Just for Porn: Other Uses For Private Browsing Private-browsing mode has many other names, including "incognito mode" in Chrome and "InPrivate Browsing" in Internet Explorer. Some people refer to private-browsing mode as "porn mode", but it isn't just for porn addicts. It can... Read More , clearing out browser cookies, and installing anti-tracking extensions, but nowadays even these tactics may not be enough Porn Viewing Habits Could Be the Next Big Leak: Here's What To Do Porn Viewing Habits Could Be the Next Big Leak: Here's What To Do A software engineer has recently warned that you should expect your Internet history, specifically any adult sites you've visited, to be leaked. What can you do about this? Read More .

2. 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 5 Life-Ruining Ways You Can Be Victimized Online 5 Life-Ruining Ways You Can Be Victimized Online The Internet is not as anonymous as you might think it is. If somebody wants to find out who you are and where you live, the tiniest bit of information can lead back to you... Read More . Whether it’s an actual porn site or something more innocent like an online dating site, your history could be used against you.

Just ask all of the users who trusted Ashley Madison Ashley Madison: What Happens Now We Know You're A Cheater Ashley Madison: What Happens Now We Know You're A Cheater The Ashley Madison dating site was recently hacked by hackers who threatened to leak the entire database unless the site closed. This week, the database has been leaked. Are your indiscretions about to become public? Read More . When this online cheating site had their database hacked and released to the public, millions of cases of infidelity came to light. Not only that, but the released information included things like sexual preferences and geographical data.

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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 Sextortion Has Evolved And It's Scarier Than Ever Sextortion Has Evolved And It's Scarier Than Ever Sextortion is an abhorrent, prevalent blackmailing technique targeting young and old, and is now even more intimidating thanks to social networks like Facebook. What can you do to protect yourself from these seedy cybercriminals? Read More , while some have even had their lives threatened Ashley Madison Leak No Big Deal? Think Again Ashley Madison Leak No Big Deal? Think Again Discreet online dating site Ashley Madison (targeted primarily at cheating spouses) has been hacked. However this is a far more serious issue than has been portrayed in the press, with considerable implications for user safety. Read More .

It gets worse. Earlier this year, AdultFriendFinder’s database was breached and nearly 4 million subscribers had their information leaked, leaving them susceptible to digital identity theft 3 Online Fraud Prevention Tips You Need To Know In 2014 3 Online Fraud Prevention Tips You Need To Know In 2014 Read More . It’s bad enough when your Target account gets hacked. This is a hundred times worse.

Note: Worried that your identity may have been stolen? Here are the most important warning signs of identity theft 6 Warning Signs Of Digital Identity Theft You Shouldn't Ignore 6 Warning Signs Of Digital Identity Theft You Shouldn't Ignore Identity theft isn't too rare of an occurrence these days, yet we often fall into the trap of thinking that it'll always happen to "someone else". Don't ignore the warning signs. Read More to be aware of. If something seems fishy, don’t hesitate!

3. Scammers & Fraudsters

Scams are another common sight when adult websites are concerned, and people who willingy 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.

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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. Suddenly, you’re blindsided with a $120 bill every month.

But ransomware is even scarier Avoid Falling Victim To These Three Ransomware Scams Avoid Falling Victim To These Three Ransomware Scams Several prominent ransomware scams are in circulation at the moment; let's go over three of the most devastating, so you can recognise them. Read More . While browing an adult site, you may become infected with malware that locks down your computer and threatens to do something you wouldn’t want (e.g. release your porn history to the public, report you to the FBI for child pornography, etc) unless you pay the fee of a few hundred dollars.

4. Malware

We already mentioned ransomware above, but 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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However, there’s something called malvertising, and this is the real issue Meet Kyle And Stan, A New Malvertising Nightmare Meet Kyle And Stan, A New Malvertising Nightmare Read More . In short, malware is more commonly distributed through advertising networks. One bad click here or there and you could end up downloading a virus, Trojan, worm, or whatever else Viruses, Spyware, Malware, etc. Explained: Understanding Online Threats Viruses, Spyware, Malware, etc. Explained: Understanding Online Threats When you start to think about all the things that could go wrong when browsing the Internet, the web starts to look like a pretty scary place. Read More is out there.

Malware is still dangerous today The 6 Most Dangerous Security Threats of 2015 The 6 Most Dangerous Security Threats of 2015 Cyber-attacks continue to grow in 2015, with 425,000,000 malware attacks in circulation. Of this vast amount, some is more important than others. Here's our rundown of the five most significant so far this year…. Read More , which is why it’s important that you regularly scan for viruses and infections 10 Steps To Take When You Discover Malware On Your Computer 10 Steps To Take When You Discover Malware On Your Computer We would like to think that the Internet is a safe place to spend our time (cough), but we all know there are risks around every corner. Email, social media, malicious websites that have worked... Read More and install a trusted real-time security suite 5 Best Free Internet Security Suites for Windows 5 Best Free Internet Security Suites for Windows Which security suite do you trust the most? We look at five of the best free security suites for Windows, all of which offer anti-virus, anti-malware, and real-time protection features. Read More .

5. Legal Consequences

People who visit adult websites could find themselves in legal trouble if they aren’t careful. Child pornography is rampant Unfortunate Truths about Child Pornography and the Internet [Feature] Unfortunate Truths about Child Pornography and the Internet [Feature] A small blank square and a blinking cursor. A window through which the entire world exists. You only have to say the right word – any word – and your every desire will be delivered.... Read More 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 Unfortunate Truths about Child Pornography and the Internet [Feature] Unfortunate Truths about Child Pornography and the Internet [Feature] A small blank square and a blinking cursor. A window through which the entire world exists. You only have to say the right word – any word – and your every desire will be delivered.... Read More , 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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Back in 2010, criminals stored their child pornography on the computers of unsuspecting innocents through the use of a virus. If you were infected, your computer would have child porn on it without you even realizing it — and the scary thing is, the “I didn’t know” defense is what a real pedophile would say.

If you were to catch this kind of malware from an adult website today, you could lose years of your life to prison.

As for people who get their adult content through filesharing sites, you could end up being sued for copyright infringement 3 Software-Related Legal Issues You Might Face One Day 3 Software-Related Legal Issues You Might Face One Day Simple software-related mistakes could land you with fines, lawsuits, or even jail time. Are you aware of these potential legal issues? Read More . This is also a potential issue if you access adult content with a torrent-streaming method like Popcorn Time The Truth About Popcorn Time, And How To Torrent Safely The Truth About Popcorn Time, And How To Torrent Safely Read More .

Adult Websites Are Risky

The next time you’re thinking about visiting an adult website — or any website that deals with sketchy subjects — you may want to reconsider. At the very least, keep up to date with the latest scams and make sure you’re running anti-virus software Free Anti-Virus Comparison: 5 Popular Choices Go Toe-To-Toe Free Anti-Virus Comparison: 5 Popular Choices Go Toe-To-Toe What is the best free antivirus? This is among the most common questions we receive at MakeUseOf. People want to be protected, but they don’t want to have to pay a yearly fee or use... Read More .

Have you ever been tricked, spooked, or threatened after visiting an adult website? Tell us about it in the comments! We’d love to hear about your experiences.

Image Credits: Privacy Settings by David Molina G via Shutterstock, Hook Through Credit Cards by wk1003mike via Shutterstock, Man Behind Bars by BortN66 via Shutterstock

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  2. diane
    June 4, 2016 at 3:42 am

    I just like to watch, never downloaded anything. This world is a scary place

  3. A41202813GMAIL ..
    December 8, 2015 at 3:10 pm

    I Received Lots Of Spam Emails Trying To Blackmail Me For Using ASHLEY MADISON.

    Does That Count ?

    Cheers.

    • Joel Lee
      December 9, 2015 at 4:18 am

      Ha, yeah that would count. Sorry that you have to deal with that. Must be a nuisance.

      • A41202813GMAIL ..
        December 9, 2015 at 10:47 am

        Not Really, Look At My UserName.

        Including Newsletters And Spam, I Receive Thousands Of Emails Every Single Week.

        Thank You For Responding.

  4. yq
    December 8, 2015 at 8:24 am

    usually I use incognito mode in addition to VPN and mcafee site advisor, it is slow because am using free VPN but I had no problems since I started doing that.

  5. DannyG
    December 8, 2015 at 12:45 am

    I was watching a web site from russia streaming pirated playboy channel . The quality was great, but one day I surfed in and it tried to take over my computer. Good thing I was using Chrome. The web site crashed it, but wasn't able to penetrate the rest of the computer. I just unplugged the computer and restarted and everything is fine.

  6. fcd76218
    December 8, 2015 at 12:15 am

    "If you were to catch this kind of malware from an adult website today, you could lose years of your life to prison."
    Child pornography can be downloaded to your PC from any site used by criminals, not just adult sites. I'm surprised that there hasn't been a spate of malware installing child pornography. Or maybe there has been but it has not been widely publicized.

    • Joel Lee
      December 9, 2015 at 4:17 am

      "Child pornography can be downloaded to your PC from any site used by criminals, not just adult sites."
      Yup, true! I'm also surprised that CP viruses aren't rampant across the web, but I'm also glad that they aren't. Let's hope it stays that way.

  7. Anon
    December 7, 2015 at 6:37 pm

    Will anyone admit here to using these sites or being caught out by any of the issues you mention here? I wonder..,

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