Why you definitely shouldn’t visit adult websites and how to protect yourself

In the mid-2000s there were viruses. There were so many that you needed a permanent antivirus to protect your PC. Visiting a site could result in malware, a burden on the system, and stolen data from accounts. Ten years later, that’s no longer a problem. But some cybersecurity is needed. Users need to know why they shouldn’t visit adult sites and how to protect themselves.

What viruses can be picked up on adult websites

Porn is a gray area of the Internet. It’s within the law and regulated by the state and all the authorities, but it’s not commonly talked about. Advertisers avoid cooperation, so they have to come up with something new.


Previously, this business existed through banners, malware, and squeezing money out of visitors. You could catch a virus that displayed a banner all over the screen, and in order to remove it, you had to send an SMS and pay the scammers.

There are many times fewer of these, but there are viruses. Let’s look at the malware that can be caught.


A hidden miner is a nasty program. It does not do anything illegal, but it loads the system and uses the resources of the video card or processor.


It’s hard to find, the latest versions are disguised as processes or disappear from Task Manager as soon as it opens. It is almost impossible to find and therefore cannot be removed through the registry. An untrained user certainly can’t do that.



Or Trojans. They steal passwords, card data and pass them to fraudsters. They can use them for their own purposes. Hack a page on social networks, log into a bank account, make a purchase on the Internet.


Trojans are less common and anti-viruses can see them. The probability of catching them is reduced – it is necessary to disable the means of protection and click on dubious banners, and then install the program. It’s hard to imagine a person who would do that.


Pop-up banners and similar programs are a nuisance that can be found on adult sites. And they are placed not by the administration, but by criminals who hack the portal. It is not profitable for the owners to remove any number of users because they put the malware dishonestly. The porn business makes money from advertising, and it has partners.

The saving grace is that only unofficial portals with pirated content will engage in viruses. Platforms are monetized through subscriptions or advertising.

Porn sites share data with third parties

93% of porn sites share the data of their visitors with third parties. And it’s not just the number of videos viewed and categories. It’s also geolocation, time of visit, advertising, behavioral factors, and so on.

cookie data

That sounds scary to the average user. Only if he has not thought before, who else transmits his data to third parties. And then it turns out that any site transmits information about those who visited it.

Even an Internet landing page gives data to Google and Yandex, which then make their own metrics. And Google and Yandex buy data from websites. And then there are the social networks, which can put everything from behavioral decisions to correspondence into the hands of third parties.

Users are being spied on. So it’s silly to talk about this only in the context of porn sites. When state banks have data leaked every quarter, there’s no need to worry about an 18+ site handing over information to third parties. There’s nothing out there that can be used.

How to protect yourself

You could say: don’t go to such sites. But that would be silly, because people want that kind of content. Cybersecurity problems are easier to solve than people used to think.


To keep yourself safe, all you need to do is:

  • Scan your PC, laptop or smartphone with an antivirus program;
  • Do not click on dubious banners;
  • Do not download anything from third-party portals;
  • Do not open suspicious .exe on your computer.

This is enough. A desktop version of antivirus is not always necessary. If a user understands that he shouldn’t install everything from the Internet, he’s already protected. And if the user will use AdBlock, which will block pop-ups, it will 99% remove unwanted content.

The danger of adult websites is exaggerated. This business is in a gray area, so many players used to not follow the rules. But things have changed. When advertisers came along, it didn’t make sense to monetize through something malicious. Unless it’s a no-name portal. But here’s one thing to advise: go to verified resources.

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