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Browsing porn on your smartphone requires more than just anti-virus protection.

Most everyone watches porn at some point. Men do it, women do it, and we do it a lot. According to PornHub statistics in 2015, 4,392,486,580 hours of porn were watched on the site. That’s 2.5 times longer than humans have been on Earth, and that’s just one site. Of that traffic, 52.9 percent came from users on their phones.

With so many people watching porn stars on their phones, it’s important to consider ways to protect yourself, and we don’t just mean stocking up on cleaning wipes. Here are some tips to keep you safe.

How to watch porn safely on your smartphone

1) Get a private browser

According to PornHub’s 2015 survey, Chrome made up 48.9 percent of all of its mobile traffic. There’s a good reason: Chrome has incredible private browsing options. Unless you want someone using your phone to accidentally see a porn URL pop up in your address bar, consider using a private browser. The recently released Firefox Focus allows for fast private browsing within the app but also allows your iOS device to block sites in Safari from tracking you, giving you cookies, or otherwise sharing your business.

You can also download Adblock Plus for iOS for an extra layer of protection.

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2) Don’t download any apps that are just for porn

Porn apps won’t be a problem for iOS users because Steve Jobs hated smut, but Android users should be aware. If you see something in the Android store that looks like it wants to show you someone’s genitals for free, run in the opposite direction. These apps often contain malware and, worse, crappy low-quality content. You might be curious, but it’s best to steer clear.

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3) Use protection

We’ve all been there. You see a sexy site that doesn’t look verifiable, then wake up the next morning thinking “what did I do last night.” Apple users won’t face this issue as often thanks to its closed ecosystem, but Android users should be very careful about malware. 360 Security – Antivirus Boost is a free app that offers powerful antivirus and anti-malware protection for Android devices. It will scan your files, apps, games, and even give you real-time protection. There’s no reason not to use protection, especially when it’s free.

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4) Try Reddit

Yes, Reddit. For years Tumblr has been the go-to spot for getting a quick smut fix for many online users, but following its acquisition by Yahoo, searching for adult content became much harder. Thankfully, Reddit has more than picked up the slack. The company’s apps for both Android and iOS are deep and powerful, making searching for exactly what you want incredibly easy. Once you’ve found your ideal clip, GIF, or text you can view it right from within the app.

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Reddit’s adult community is one of the best curated in the world. Whether you’re looking for real or made-up stories, professional or amateur video, or simply GIFs of your favorite stars, Reddit will allow you to pinpoint your desires to sometimes frightening degrees. Do you want to look at 300 photos of chiseled men in socks? Reddit knows a few hundred people share your love. Take your time and play around in the search function, and you’ll find yourself in a treasure trove of carefully curated filth.

Also, Reddit’s app supports multiple accounts, so you can quickly jump back and forth between your normal Reddit account and the one you use for porn. Don’t get Ken Bone’d. When your viral day comes, make sure your porn paper trail is on a separate account.

5) Visit only the safest porn sites

There’s a staggering amount of pornography on the internet. In fact, a large chunk of the internet is made up solely of pornography. With so much content available, it’s hard to identify the safe sites from the ones that will hurt your device. Malware can damage your system if you end up in the wrong place with the right naked people. Accordingly, we suggest a little brand loyalty when it comes time to get busy.

Pornhub has built a safe site that won’t bog you down with viruses, features almost every performer and category of smut you can imagine, and, best of all, it’s fast. The company recently switched to HTML 5, meaning no matter what operating system you’re using you’ll be able to find the clip of your dreams without compatibility problems. You might lose out on the adventure of trying to find a secret saucy site, but you won’t have to replace your smartphone.

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6) Give erotica a spin

One of the safest ways to view porn on your smartphone is to avoid images. Sites like Literotica has been curating millions of people’s dirty thoughts for years, and the site has even produced a few highly successful erotica authors. Simply swoop in, look at the genres, and pick something that appeals to you.

Written pornography is just as hot, and sometimes more erotic, than traditional porn. Plus you don’t have to worry about someone looking over your shoulder.

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7) Get a VPN

You may not have ever thought about what online safety means, but it goes beyond malware and viruses and includes your privacy. From your banking information to your email to, yes, your porn habits, it’s important to use encryption if you value your privacy. When you log in to a public Wi-Fi, a virtual private network, or VPN, can help make sure your information is kept secure. You might not watch porn in a public place on a Wi-Fi connection, but you probably have logged into public Wi-Fi at a hotel for a little personal time. If you need a one-stop VPN solution, I recommend VPN Unlimited. For $39, you can get a lifetime license, which covers your personal computer and your smartphone, keeping you safe no matter where you travel. For more information about why VPN’s are so dramatically important read our handy rundown.

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8) Don’t download anything!

This step should be a no-brainer, but let’s spell out the most important part of safely watching porn on your phone. NEVER DOWNLOAD A FILE FROM A WEBSITE YOU VISIT TO MASTURBATE. You’re not going there for software or apps; you don’t need anything on your phone a site might want to put there. Depending on how deep down the rabbit hole of pornography you go, someday you might ignore our previous advice and hit up an unreputable site, one that promises you can download videos directly to your device for free. Do not do this. Do not install any apps or plugins a pornographic website suggests. It’s the digital equivalent of catching the clap.  Be smart—don’t take the bait. Always assume the downloads are poison if you aren’t paying for it.

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Editor’s note: This article is regularly updated for relevance. 

 

John-Michael Bond

John-Michael Bond

John-Michael Bond is a tech reporter and culture writer for Daily Dot. A longtime cord-cutter and early adapter, he's an expert on streaming services (Hulu with Live TV), devices (Roku, Amazon Fire), and anime. A former staff writer for TUAW, he's knowledgeable on all things Apple and Android. You can also also find him regularly performing standup comedy in Los Angeles.