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Porn remains the best way of contracting malware

Internet insecurity outfit BitDefender has said that pornography remains the best way of compromising your computer.

The firm studied the data security risks and implications when accessing 'adult' web sites and found that 63 per cent of users attempting to persuse a bit of porn on their PCs compromised their security on multiple occasions.

The firm's survey looked at porn surfers' habits to determine their ensuing malware and privacy-related problems.

“This BitDefender survey confirms that users should think twice when accessing pornographic sites since this is an area that cyber criminals continue to exploit,” said author of the survey Sabina Datcu.

"Over 60 per cent of respondents admitted that they have had malware-related issues more than once as a direct consequence of accessing adult content. The findings of this study should make users consider whether accessing these sites is worth compromising their systems, data and work.”

More than 72 per cent of the 2,017 respondents interviewed study admitted that they had searched for and accessed adult content sites (78 per cent of men and 22 per cent women).

The study a found that of the most accessed pornographic materials, 91 per cent were videos including those from torrents, websites and hubs. Real-time adult content sites, such as video-chats and adult dating, ranked second in respondents’ preferences with 72 per cent.

Some 69 per cent of thse interviewed said that they usually access adult content web sites from home, while 25 per cent access them from work. Only six per cent are brave enough to surf for porn in internet cafés and othe public places.

The main motivations for accessing adult sites were given as 'the need to relax' (54 per cent) and 'curiosity' (38 per cent).

'Knocking one out' doesn't seem to have been an option.

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