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Watching Porn is Bad For Mobile Devices

halls-of-valhalla (2811997) writes | about a year and a half ago

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halls-of-valhalla writes "A web security firm called Blue Coat has discovered that nearly one-quarter of malware on mobile devices comes from porn websites. They found that less than 1% of mobile traffic is porn-related, however when users do visit porn sites their risk of downloading malware triples.

Part of the problem, Blue Coat said, is that the nature of mobile devices makes differentiating legitimate sites from malicious ones a tricky task. There is no way to hover over shortened URLs to reveal their true destination, for example.

Security experts predict that broader-based cybercrime schemes are likely to appear on smartphones and tablets soon. For now though, mobile attacks appear to be mirroring techniques used on traditional computers. In addition, major security firms have widely predicted that this will be the year mobile devices will finally emerge as a major target for cybercriminals."

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