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Does your computer need to wrap it up when you visit Pornhub?

Pornhub occasionally seems like it’s too good to be true. The massively popular free porn site has an endless supply of NSFW videos and a trove of amateur porn, thanks to its thriving community. But is Pornhub safe, or does it have viruses? 

Those are questions you’re probably not thinking about in the heat of the moment, but they’re worth asking. After all, you don’t want to risk of catching a virus, having your information stolen, or, worse, your porn viewing habits leaked to the world. Here’s what you need to know about the safety of Pornhub.

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Is Pornhub safe?

First, the good news: Pornhub has a remarkable commitment to providing a safe viewing environment for its viewers. It takes the threat of malicious ads seriously, and it takes great pains to ensure the sorts of tricks used by malware attacks don’t impact its readership. 

Pornhub also offers a free VPN service

One of the ways Pornhub is working to help keep its users safe is by offering a free VPN service to anyone who uses the site. It’s called VPNhub, and it works on iOS, Android, Windows, and Macs. Whether you’re viewing online or on the go, VPNhub hides your IP address and browsing history, even when you’re using a public Wi-Fi hotspot, and its one-click sign in the process makes it one of the easiest mobile VPN services to use.

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Now the bad news: If you’re not paying for your porn, that means the site you’re visiting is supported by ads, and those ads are often being sold by third-party vendors to the highest bidder. Every once in a while, some nefarious ads are going to slip through.

In 2017, for example, Pornhub suffered a potential ad-based malware attack across the site, but thankfully, it was quickly thwarted when Pornhub and ad network Traffic Junky discovered it.

“We’re well aware that adult websites are especially attractive to malicious advertisers due to the nature of their content and the volume of the traffic they receive,” Pornhub VP Corey Price told the Daily Dot. “As one of the top websites on the Internet with 90M+ daily visitors, it’s our responsibility to be proactive about security and always remain one step ahead to ensure our users have the safest browsing experience possible.”

To do this, Price explains, required looking at the ways malware shows up in ad networks. “We have always had stringent systems in place to thwart any potential vulnerabilities, and this includes systems that deter pop up ads, attacks ads, etc. As we continue in 2018 and beyond, we continue to employ the latest security trends to keep our users safe. Their security remains paramount to us.”

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While Pornhub was able to catch the 2017 attack before any users were affected and the site remains vigilant in keeping jerks from attacking your computer, it’s important to use common sense. Simple best practices like not opening files that automatically download when you get a pop-up ad and using a VPN can go a long way towards helping keep you safe.

For what it’s worth, in our hours of viewing the site for work, and obviously only for work, we’ve never experienced a slowdown or so much as a pop-up ad.

Pornhub Premium

If you want to ensure you don’t catch a virus from Pornhub, your best safeguard is to upgrade to Pornhub Premium. The paid version of the site, which costs $9.99 per month, unlocks an ad-free experience, which means you won’t have to worry about any malicious malware sneaking onto you computer or smartphone via sneaky third-party ads. Premium also comes with exclusive content and HD-quality videos. 

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Alternatively, you can upgrade to the premium version of VPNhub, which costs $13 per month. VPNhub Premium not only removes ads but it also offers a faster connection and more countries to choose from than its free counterpart. You can also use your VPNhub Premium on up to three devices.

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When it comes to coming in a digital world, Pornhub is like actual sex with a trustworthy partner: Make sure you’re using protection just in case, but don’t let it worry you when you’re having fun.

Still not sure where to find exactly what you want? Here’s your guide to the best porn GIFs, high-quality VR porn, the best porn search engines, everything you need to know about BDSM, and the hottest porn stars you should follow on Instagram. Plus, everything you need to know about watching porn safely in your browser.

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 find him talking about religion each week on the Who’s Your God podcast and performing standup comedy in Los Angeles.

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