Mobile security firm Wandera has warned that people who visit X-rated websites using their smartphones are exposing themselves to greater security risks.
The London based firm says that 25% of all malware on mobile devices originates from porn sites, making it far riskier than watching it on a traditional PC setup.
People using an Android device are most from a variety of security threats, which include having viewing habits exposed.
This data can then by used by criminals to blackmail victims by demanding a ransom payment in order to prevent the embarrassing data being leaked to friends and family.
“Smartphone operating systems, especially Android, are not as secure as desktops, there are many vulnerabilities that can be easily exploited by hackers,” Wandera warns.
Wandera have said that 80% of the top 50 adult sites have been exposed for not protecting users’ personal data.
Writing on its official blog, Wandera Content Marketing lead Liarna La Porta said: “Pornography and other adult content categories are notorious for lax handling of PII [Personally Identifiable Information].
“In fact, 40 out of the top 50 adult sites were exposed at the time of research. In line with this trend, the personal data of more than 800,000 users of the adult site Brazzers was exposed in September 2016, followed by a successful attack on 400 million accounts on the AdultFriendFinder network in November.
“A year previously, the controversial extra-marital dating app Ashley Madison was hacked, revealing the PII of every single user in its database.”
Security experts say that if you do visit X-rated websites from your smartphone, you should avoid clicking on any adverts and be wary of suspicious emails which suddenly appear in your inbox.
Using the same username and password for all your information could cause even greater problems so this should be avoided at all costs.
You should make sure you have an upto date anti virus or anti malware app installed on your device and only ever download apps from the official app stores.
Also make sure you are running the most up to date version of your mobile operating system.