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Recent Study Says Porn Sites are Safer than Normal Sites

Watching porn is good for your computer! That may not be entirely true, but a new study from anti-virus maker Avast claims that porn sites are far safer for your computer than conventional wisdom might expect, and far safer than websites from big businesses. By a lot.

“We are not recommending people to start searching for erotic content, not at all,” Avast CTO Ondrej Vlcek said, “but the statistics are clear – for every infected adult domain we identify there are 99 others with perfectly legitimate content that are also infected.”

Fantastic news! In terms of statistics, of course. A recent study by the group Optnet stated that up to 37 percent of the total content on the Internet is pornography.

Porn websites have long been pariahs on the Internet despite their contributions to the online world. Porn entrepreneurs have consistently been among the first to embrace new technologies that come along, including streaming video, online-subscription models, and Internet advertising. Whether you love them or hate them, the porn industry is a pioneer in digital technology, so it shouldn’t be a big surprise to find that, in general, the security is becoming top notch. After all, it wouldn’t be good business for the billion dollar industry if viewing the product consistently crashed the computers of its customers.

To be fair, porn sites were once a constant threat to pick up viruses (just like your Mom warned you!), if nothing else simply because of the high traffic. Increased security and smarter browser controls have forced hackers to look at other sites that might be slightly more vulnerable, sites where people do not expect viruses.

In the study, the worst infections were found on more popular sites with higher traffic, and the report states that there was a higher infection rate in websites with the word “London” in the title than “sex”. One of the most infected sites, Avast discovered, was Vodafone’s smartphone section.

So basically, it is better to watch porn online than it is to go to the website of the world’s second largest cell phone carrier. Statistically speaking.