Yikes! Your Porn Habits Are Being Watched by Big Brother

I’ll start this post off with a little little lesson in IT. We all know how to visit a website. You type in “www” and you know the rest. Well have you ever noticed that some websites begin with “http” while other sites begin with “https?”

HTTP: Hypertext Transfer Protocol. Used for web traffic on the Internet and in intranets.

HTTPS: Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure. Encrypts HTTP traffic with SSL or TLS.

The key word that you should be tuned into here is SECURE. HTTPS is secure and encrypted while HTTP is not!

Not long ago I was scrolling through the discussion board of my newly found favorite gay oriented website, cypheravenue.com, and came across an article that was reposted by one of its users. The entry is called “Who’s Watching You When You’re Watching Porn?” and was featured on the Huffington Post. The article was written by Alex Hawkins who is the Chief Marketing Officer at the popular porn site, xHamster. I must say, he laid out some very important information. Information that could potentially save someone’s life!

As we all know, some countries are more rigid than others when it comes to sexuality. For example, the sexual misconduct of women, the act of watching porn, and being same gender loving are three examples of what is illegal in different regions throughout the world.

According to Hawkins, one reason why their website is extremely popular throughout the world is because it’s secure. It uses https.

WAKE UP CALL…Most FREE porn sites don’t!

Check out this excerpt from HuffingtonPost.com:

“In the past few years, billions of internet users have gotten their sexual information and sexual entertainment from free tube sites. But what seems free really isn’t. A recent report by the Center for Democracy and Technology revealed that many free porn sites are unwittingly broadcasting your personal information, including which videos you watch, and which terms you search for, to hackers, neighbors, spouses and family.

That’s because most tube sites don’t use HTTPS, the security protocol (the little “lock” symbol you might recognize before a web address), which means the information being shared is being encrypted. As a result, anyone using a shared wifi network, like in a college dorm, a hotel, or on a home network, is broadcasting any usernames and passwords associated with the account, and the specific pages you’re looking at, to anyone with the tools to listen.”

All in all, when visiting your favorite porn sites, you may want to be sure that you’re visiting a website that keeps your information secure.

Thoughts?

SOURCE: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/whos-watching-you-when-youre-watching-porn_us_58903804e4b02c397c178bc5?section=us_queer-voices

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