Browsing of Adult Sites Among Riskiest of Online Habits

It’s no secret that the anonymous and far-reaching nature of the internet has led to widespread access to pornography or other adult content. And, though pornography is, in some circles, considered sexist, degrading to women, and immoral, many of the adult sites one finds on the internet are legal and relatively stereotypical. As long as there are no children involved, either in the featured online material or in the viewing audience, many people see nothing wrong with the occasional trip through the online word of adult websites. However, what many don’t realize is that visiting adult websites is one of the easiest ways to infect a computer–especially when using an unsecured browser.

Though it may not be an issue the average user would feel comfortable broaching in a public forum, there are browsers that are better suited to keeping a user’s computer free from infection, even when viewing high-risk adult sites. And, ironically, a user doesn’t have to be searching for an adult site to end up being infected by one – hijacking programs routinely redirect browsers to adult sites, where they are force-fed spyware, adware, and other malware. As a result, an unexpected (or intentional) visit to an adult site can result in everything from annoying popup ads to rootkit installation, to keylogger installation, to identity theft. Not to mention the unintentional exposure to pornography.

As with everything on the internet, there are browsers that claim to be better suited to protect against the threats of adult websites, including Heatseek, an adult-site specific browser that claims to be both secure and easy to use, and.the Mozilla Firefox browser. Mozilla Firefox – not to be confused with Browsezilla, a browser that claims to help visitors to adult websites hide their online activity, but which in June was discovered to be installing adware on the user’s computer – is considered to be a safe and convenient browser for all types of surfing (adult-oriented or not). The advantages of the Firefox browser include.

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