Are Porn Websites Tracking You?

How Porn websites track you and compile online data!!!

Nearly 100 million people watch porn daily. Porn is one of the most searched keyword on Google, Bing and other search engines. While Google, Facebook and other ‘normal’ websites track you, it would be naive on your part to assume that the popular porn websites like Pornhub and  Xvideos don’t track you.

Yes, they track you and they meticulously compile that data to show you specific ads. It is also rumoured that some of them sell data to the highest bidder as dirty data is often the most coveted data.

Online tracking by Porn websites can be subverted with methods like private “Incognito” browsing, clearing out browser cookies, and installing anti-tracking extensions, but nowadays even these tactics may not be enough.

Super Cookies

It is a known fact that most porn surfers use a dummy identity under the impression that their dummy identities will stop the porn websites from tracking them. But most porn websites use a thing called ‘super cookie.’ A supercookie is a type of browser cookie that is designed to be permanently stored on a user’s computer. Supercookies are generally more difficult for users to detect and remove from their devices because they cannot be deleted in the same fashion as regular cookies. Supercookies are stored on the porn surfers computer and send the user’s data back to the websites even after the user has switched off the porn website. So using dummy profile for surfing porn is a bad idea.

Incognito Browser

Most porn surfers think that surfing porn in Incognito mode in Google’s Chrome, Firefox Mozilla or Microsoft Edge will hide their  porn surfing habits. Sadly they are mistaken.  We have already written a full report here about why surfing porn in browser Incognito mode is not safe, surely you must have read that. Google has been very up-front about its privacy policy for surfing in Chrome browser Incognito mode. “Going incognito doesn’t hide your browsing from your employer, your internet service provider or the websites that you visit.” Google has warned.

Facebook

Facebook is one of the biggest spying vector for porn websites. Most porn websites have Facebook ‘Like’ button installed on them. These are open invitations from you to allow porn websites to track your online activity. Incidentally, logging out of Facebook before surfing porn will help you lessen the tracking activity though not stop it completely.

Data Leaks

One visit to a bad adult website could result in you being blackmailed or extorted. 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. 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. We have already heard reports of tens of divorce cases filed after the AM data leak while there were also reports of sucides by affected Ashley Madison data breach victims.

 Scam

Except for the top quality porn websites like Pornhub, Xvideos etc., most of these NSFW websites are run of the mill scamming websites. 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.

Scammers operated by sending you titillating emails and images through social media websites and trick you into clicking that one link which can not only hurt you mentally but also financially through ransomware.

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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Such fly-by-night operators are ready to scam on your insatiable desire of finding that rare porn clip. 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 $1000 before you know it.

Malware

Ransomware is the most serious threat you may face when visiting dummy porn websites. However equally threatening are keyloggers and bank information stealing malware which you could download inadvertently and risk losing a whole gob of money. In fact malware through ads, online surveys are the most used vectors by cyber criminals to get to you as nothing sells like sex.

Top quality porn websites may not have such malware on them but the ads they serve may send tracking/keylogging malware to your PC/laptop.

Thanks to pervasive online tracking and browser fingerprinting, your porn surfing habits are a open invitation to track you. “If you are watching porn online in 2015, even in incognito mode, you should expect that at some point your porn viewing history will be publicly released and attached to your name,” Brett Thomas proclaimed in a blog post titled “Online Porn Could Be the Next Big Privacy Scandal,” shortly after.

Software engineer Brett Thomas says that no matter how you watch an adult movie, you are being tracked.  Brett says adult movie watchers world over everywhere are being tracked and with an extensive list of every clip they’ve viewed.

So, for example, when you click on “Leather Fetish #3” on XNXX, you’re not just sending a request to the porn site—a so-called first-party request. You’re sending third-party requests to Google, to the web-tracking company AddThis, and to a company called Pornvertising, too, even if you’re browsing in private mode. You’re also sending other data that can be used to identify your computer, like your IP address.

Considering the above facts, it would be well worth if you use a dummy profile and a dummy PC/laptop which can’t be tracked back to you. If you add Tor browser or VPN to your list of armaments, you could be safe but not totally protected.

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