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Porn sites are on the rise, with over 37 percent of the internet consisting of porn. The porn web's flexible economics could prove dangerous to users, though  (Source: 20th Century Fox)
People love to visit pornographic content, but dangers may await

It's no secret that internet users love pornography.  Porn is in fact one of the most searched topics on the internet.  Recent studies have shown that nearly all young men and a significant percentage of young women indulge in porn.  Porn has even invaded smartphones both via browser and apps.

Now a pair of new studies reveal some additional insight into the unique role of porn on the internet.   The first study is from Optenet, a SaaS provider which delivers "on-premise" security. Optenet claims that it found approximately 37 percent of the pages online to contain pornographic content.

The study looked at 4 million URLs.  Among the interesting things it discovered was that porn appears to be on the rise.  Between 2009 and 2010, pornographic sites increased by 17 percent.

The study also offers other interesting conclusions on other types of growing content.  Sites about online games (like
World of Warcraft or Final Fantasy XI) have grown 212 percent, sites containing violent content have grown 10.8 percent, terrorism sites have grown 8.5 percent, and illicit drug sites have grown 6.8 percent.

Ana Luisa Rotta, director of child protection projects at Optenet, states, "When you consider that more than one third of the Internet’s content is pornographic, combined with the overwhelming increase in young people now curiously visiting web sites with such ease of access, it is becoming increasingly imperative that adults take responsibility for the management of home PC security."

second study, led by Professor Gilbert Wondracek, a computer security expert from the International Secure System Lab, looked in to the dangers of pornographic sites.  Unsurprisingly, it found many of the sites harbored malware or engaged in other actions that endangered their users.  Professor Wondracek states, "They have almost inadvertently created a whole ecosystem that's easy to abuse for cyber crime on a large scale."

Researchers spent many long hours first examining the economics of porn.  It found that the majority of sites were free sites that paid sites gave content to, in order to drum up business.  In total, of the 35,000 pornographic domains examined, 90 percent were free.

And apparently some of the free sites weren't trying very hard on security.  Approximately 3.23 percent of them came loaded with adware, spyware, viruses and other software designed to exploit gaping holes on a system's various software programs.  One such hole that some sites are using involves Javascript catchers, which prevent the user from quickly leaving the site.

Other sites redirect users clicking on images that appears to be on the current site to other sites, a risky practice.  Traffic is so essential to the industry, so this business of trading clicks is particularly vital, according to Professor Wondracek.  He states, "Visitors are being abused as click bots.  It's cut-throat competition.  Everybody tries to get as much traffic as possible."

To test whether this could be abused, the researchers created two faux-adult sites, complete with pornographic content.  They then spent $160 USD to get other sites to redirect users to their site.  They then scanned the computers of the 49,000 visitors to the test sites and found that 20,000 were using a computer and browser combination that was vulnerable to at least one known exploit.

Professor Wondracek states, "As an attacker you want to make your life easier.  If you can have these 20,000 people come to a place instantly, why not?  For the average user it might be hard to tell an honest porn site from a dishonest porn site until you click on something"

The researchers suggest using safe browsing modes, found on many browsers.  They presented  the results at the Workshop on the Economics of Information Security held at Harvard earlier this month.



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Porns past
By Chaosforce on 6/17/2010 11:42:53 AM , Rating: 3
Porn is odd in our society. Just for the fact that its this kinda dirty secrete yet one everyone knows about it. And even though it is this dirty little secrete (atleast the way we treat it) it has a driving factor in so many things from VHS tapes(made it the standard media) to bluray(which i think had the opposite effect since porn support HDDVD if i remember right)

Honestly its just like southpark with the wizard alien.




RE: Porns past
By Motoman on 6/17/2010 12:12:19 PM , Rating: 3
No, it's more like porn killed the HD-DVD.

For a long time, Sony was being all high & mighty with the BD, and said they wouldn't license it to porn producers. Who said "OK" and started gearing up on HD-DVD.

Eventually, Sony realized the epic mistake they were making, and relented on their "moral stand." They let porn producers publish on BD, so they abandoned HD-DVD - and that format promptly failed.


RE: Porns past
By GodisanAtheist on 6/17/2010 1:39:01 PM , Rating: 4
Seriously though who the hell still buys porn in a physical medium?


RE: Porns past
By Anoxanmore on 6/17/2010 2:14:24 PM , Rating: 2
I've bought a couple recently(Butterfly by Viv Thomas for example). It is nice to own a physical format, even if I promptly ripped it to the media server.


RE: Porns past
By therealnickdanger on 6/18/2010 2:11:57 PM , Rating: 2
But seriously... it's probably free online somewhere. I'm not talking about pirated copies either. There are tons of YouTube-knock-off (or beat-off) sites that offer up free 5-to-60 minute free content. I don't really understand paying for teh pr0n when there's so much quality and quantity available for nothing... Is it something like "supporting the artist"?

Hey, if I "just don't get it", I can live with that. I avoid the stuff anyway.


RE: Porns past
By rburnham on 6/19/2010 5:33:21 PM , Rating: 2
Maybe once or twice a year a movie stands out enough to make me buy it. Usually it's a collection of stuff based around a theme. But yeah, generally I just don't watch it enough to justify a purchase.


RE: Porns past
By Hiawa23 on 6/17/2010 1:06:01 PM , Rating: 2
I agree with the article about picking up malware, viruses & such which is why I don't use my PC, but do use my PS3. No issues with that.


Not Surprising
By metaltoiletry on 6/17/2010 9:25:06 AM , Rating: 5
Where can I sign up for this research group?




why is this news?
By inperfectdarkness on 6/17/2010 9:54:29 AM , Rating: 5
seriously, they needed a study to figure this out?

p.s.

+ points for the quagmire image. :)




50 percent
By ZachDontScare on 6/17/2010 2:19:20 PM , Rating: 5
c'mon people, we can hit 50% if we tried.




Somebody needs to tell Steve Jobs
By grandpope on 6/17/2010 2:44:58 PM , Rating: 5
quote:
"Folks that want porn can buy an Android phone." -- Steve Jobs


Wasn't there an ad campaign for the first iphone that promised "all of the Internet"?

Seems like they need a new campaign slogan: "2/3 of the Internet".




The original
By ForumMaster on 6/17/2010 9:28:18 AM , Rating: 3
The next thrid is....
By tlbj6142 on 6/17/2010 9:35:25 AM , Rating: 2
...consumed by users watching lame YouTube videos.




Only one third?
By mydogfarted on 6/17/2010 10:09:55 AM , Rating: 2
Seems like a terribly low number to me.




"The Internet Is For Porn"
By Avatar28 on 6/17/2010 10:34:41 AM , Rating: 2
Am I the only one who had the Avenue Q song The Internet Is For Porn come straight to mind when they read the headline?

The internet is for porn
The internet is for porn,
Why you think the net was born?
Porn porn porn




I challenge their assertion
By grandpope on 6/17/2010 2:37:53 PM , Rating: 2
Pix or it didn't happen!




Fixed that for you
By esandrs on 6/17/2010 3:41:27 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Researchers spent many long hours first examining ... porn.




By KrayLoN on 6/17/2010 3:44:28 PM , Rating: 2
then iphone users are only able to view two thirds of the internet on their smart phones. At the current rate of increase (17%). The iphone will have zero internet access and be completely useless in four years.




Article picture...
By Ushio01 on 6/17/2010 5:00:15 PM , Rating: 2
No love for tramp stamps here is there. :)




you think porn is bad?
By muhahaaha on 6/18/2010 5:22:52 AM , Rating: 2
hell, the internet would be a much better and safer place without the likes of Reader1 and Tony Swash, (and Steve Jobs for that matter).

I can only cringe to think about what these guys do to pleasure themselves. They certainly don't have girlfriends.




By HalJordan on 6/18/2010 10:52:00 AM , Rating: 2
I don't want to meet the person that needs a porn app on his phone, and I most certainly don't want to be riding on a bus next to that guy...Everything in moderation.




Quag discovers Internet Porn
By delphinus100 on 6/18/2010 9:51:52 PM , Rating: 2
I remember that episode. My first thought: "Damn, Quagmire must be left-handed..."




And the rest...
By masamasa on 6/23/2010 2:33:19 PM , Rating: 2
1/3 porn, 2/3 junk sites with Google adwords.




Holy grasp of the obvious!
By Motoman on 6/17/2010 10:47:34 AM , Rating: 1
Porn made the internet what it is today.

Everyone wants to look at other people naked and/or having sex. EVERYONE. Show me someone who says they don't, and I'll show you a liar.




there is nothing worng.
By denwuld on 6/18/2010 1:32:22 AM , Rating: 1
I don't think that its wrong.there are so many legal pron sites on internet.who gave that kind of services to their customer.i read some articles on internet about pornography who said that its a good option to keep our mind fresh.i don't know how it right but some time pornography is ok.
http://twitter.com/denwuld




The Web will be dead by 2025.
By reader1 on 6/17/10, Rating: -1
RE: The Web will be dead by 2025.
By cochy on 6/17/2010 9:54:42 AM , Rating: 2
Actually. You fail.


RE: The Web will be dead by 2025.
By Redwin on 6/17/2010 10:15:48 AM , Rating: 5
uh.. yea.. this web thing, its just a passing fad. Totally gunna fail.

Now where did I store my damn typewriter??

</sarcasm>


RE: The Web will be dead by 2025.
By reader1 on 6/17/10, Rating: -1
RE: The Web will be dead by 2025.
By StevoLincolnite on 6/17/2010 10:46:03 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
It's not a fad, it's just typical first-generation technology. It's mankind's first primitive attempt to distribute data. We're basically beating rocks together.


"Distributing Data" was around long before the Internet came to be.

Heck I remember when you used to get a "Free Program" in a magazine which consisted of code which you had to program yourself, compile it and try it. - That is still distributing "Data".

Can't forget that people were passing along floppy disks full of data, serial connections etc' long before the internet came to be.

Plus computerized electronics were distributing data between components as well long before the Internet was even thought of.

Reader1, out of all the people on Dailytech, why do you have such a warped and silly way to look at stuff like this? You actually come across as an insane clown who is drinking to much coffee through his nose.


RE: The Web will be dead by 2025.
By Iaiken on 6/17/2010 1:06:24 PM , Rating: 2
Don't forget to take a step back to the printing press and scribes before that and cave drawings and speech.

People have been finding more new ways to distribute data since we learned that communicating ideas and information was valuable.

The internet simply opened up unprecedented access to information... and porn.

What's more, the internet is constantly evolving and the internet we know and love today is vastly different from the internet before IPV6, or before broadband, or before dialup.

The web could very well still be around in 2025, but I bet none of us today would recognize it if we saw it.


By marvdmartian on 6/17/2010 10:16:15 AM , Rating: 2
LOL Porn is probably half of what's keeping the web alive right now! ;)

Oh, and only 1/3 of it is porn? Me thinks the researchers weren't looking in the right places!!


RE: The Web will be dead by 2025.
By CU on 6/17/2010 10:33:28 AM , Rating: 2
Porn was one of the main things to start the push to streaming videos. I think it will push other internet technologies as times goes on.

Cyber crime will die down as people become more aware of how to use the web safely. When it started out it was like giving everyone a gun and not telling them that it would kill, and some found out the hard way.

I think Comcast and AT&T and everyone else are doing pretty good profit wise.

Poor quality of what the content or connection? Connection is OK could be better, but content is great much better than what can be found in apps.

The speed will be fast or slow depending on what you are doing. Streaming videos at 320x180 easy streaming 1920x1080 not so easy.

Difficulty of what? Getting online is easy.


RE: The Web will be dead by 2025.
By guacamojo on 6/17/2010 12:04:56 PM , Rating: 2
Porn's been a major driver of technology for a long time.

In the early 90's, porn pushed CD-ROM drive adoption. Anyone else remember the dozens of ads in Computer Shopper and the like with CD's full of porn? Really, 650 MB for software? Please. Bring on the nudity! Who was really the largest user of jpeg encoding?

Porn pushed newsgroups, too. Alt.binaries.x.x lived on porn. I'm sure there were a more than a few people who only used uuencode for porn. And maybe some game demos.

In the late 90's, porn pushed DVD-ROM adoption. It drove the technology too. Gigabytes of dirty videos... finally enough storage to get multimedia porn instead of just still pics. When was the last time you saw something other than porn use the "multi-angle" feature on a DVD? Be honest.

And in the 2000's, porn continued to push bandwidth. Video over dial-up? Hardly, you have to wait more than a minute for a quality still pic. Bring on the DSL! Now we can look at pics in real-time! And really grainy videos... time for an upgrade. HD porn is driving bandwidth today.

That brings up a question: these researchers only looked at website count. I wonder what percentage of internet bandwidth is consumed with porn?


By delphinus100 on 6/18/2010 10:00:47 PM , Rating: 2
Arguably, digital photography/video have had their effect. (especially on do-it-yourselfers) No developers, but better than Polaroids...

'Sexting,' however, was an unintended consequence of giving camera-equipped, file shareable cellphones to young people.


RE: The Web will be dead by 2025.
By Helbore on 6/17/2010 6:50:02 PM , Rating: 1
I can never work out if you are the world's biggest idiot or the the world's greatest master of sarcasm.


By Captain Orgazmo on 6/18/2010 4:57:45 AM , Rating: 2
Neither, just DailyTech's greatest troll :)


Article picture...
By MrBlastman on 6/17/10, Rating: -1
RE: Article picture...
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 6/17/10, Rating: -1
RE: Article picture...
By Shatbot on 6/17/2010 10:09:51 AM , Rating: 2
I was talking to a ditsy blond girl in a group conversation at a work party, and the subject of tattoos came up. Being pretty drunk I rather stupidly attempted to guess her 3 tattoos. (hint NEVER do this)
This was only my third day on the job, so I didn't know her at all, but I correctly guessed 2 out of 3. A silly Chinese symbol meaning "courage or something" and a "tramp stamp".

That got awkward pretty quickly, but somehow I still managed to get an excellent view of the tramp stamp later that evening. As advertised.


RE: Article picture...
By TheDoc9 on 6/17/2010 10:40:31 AM , Rating: 4
Sounds like the guesses paid off to me.


RE: Article picture...
By quiksilvr on 6/17/2010 11:38:26 AM , Rating: 3
Avenue Q knows what they're talking about:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-TA57L0kuc


RE: Article picture...
By Hiawa23 on 6/17/2010 12:53:21 PM , Rating: 5
from someone who loves watching free porn on the internet, what's wrong with that. 1/3 seems kind of low, I bet it's higher...


RE: Article picture...
By LukFilm on 6/17/2010 8:27:45 PM , Rating: 2
What exactly is a tramp stamp? Is it any tatoo or one type of tatoo in particular?


RE: Article picture...
By YashBudini on 6/17/2010 11:27:00 PM , Rating: 2
The big one on the lower back.

Human graffiti.


RE: Article picture...
By MrBlastman on 6/17/10, Rating: -1
RE: Article picture...
By Mitch101 on 6/17/2010 11:11:46 AM , Rating: 5
What's with all the negativity toward the tramp stamp? Is everyone on here looking for a wife?

See the tramp stamp add tequila and get busy. Its wonderful that easy and sometimes quite freaky has a label. I wish more of them were around when I was in my 20's.

Its like why they put warning labels on items to alert you to what your getting yourself into. Go with it.


RE: Article picture...
By MrBlastman on 6/17/10, Rating: -1
RE: Article picture...
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 6/17/10, Rating: -1
RE: Article picture...
By Anoxanmore on 6/17/2010 12:01:31 PM , Rating: 1
I'm sorry Brandon but you are wrong on this one. Tramp stamp sure, but sometimes the tattoo can enhance the beauty. :)


RE: Article picture...
By Spuke on 6/17/2010 1:21:09 PM , Rating: 3
I could really care less about womens tattoo's. If a woman is not desirable, move on to the next. Out 6 billion people on the planet, SOMEONE will meet your needs.


RE: Article picture...
By HalJordan on 6/18/2010 10:30:13 AM , Rating: 2
True, however, let me attempt an analogy. Let's say you have a beautiful home, and someone tells you that you can make it even better by giving it a custom paint job. So you go out and get yourself some lime green paint, and hire a Japanese artists to throw up some Kanji all over it. Sure, people love lime green, and people love the beauty of Kanji, but it doesn't work with the house. Sure some houses look great in lime...but not yours, you had no idea that you were supposed to balance the color with the architecture of the house.

People and tattoos are the same way. Some people have an eye to what looks good, and a knowledge of what that can pull off; most other people just end up with a McTattoo that proves how much of an MTV wannabe they are. Best way to stand out of a crowd these days is to not get inked, and watch old reruns of The Andy Griffith show.


RE: Article picture...
By kake on 6/17/2010 5:44:48 PM , Rating: 2
I hate tattoos and piercings. My wife has three of each.

*sigh*


RE: Article picture...
By Helbore on 6/17/2010 5:59:53 PM , Rating: 2
Who cares. If you don't like the look of them, turn the lights out. Problem solved.


RE: Article picture...
By VitalyTheUnknown on 6/17/2010 4:09:56 PM , Rating: 4
"You'd think the women getting them would know what they represent-> being a total whore."

Where did you pick that up, at your local church?

I just want to say if there is any woman on this forum please do not listen to these old farts. Truly unique, substantial and artistic tattoos can only elevate women's natural beauty, and thank you for not being lifeless.


RE: Article picture...
By LRonaldHubbs on 6/20/2010 12:18:04 AM , Rating: 2
The complete quote was:

quote:
Yeah, the lower back ones are horrendous. You'd think the women getting them would know what they represent-> being a total whore.


And he's right -- general consensus is that lower back tattoo -> whore. It has nothing to do with church or conservative values, it's just a stereotype which seems to be pretty widely accepted. I've heard it numerous times, both in real life and in movies/TV. Have you seen Wedding Crashers? I believe the line was "might as well be a bullseye."


RE: Article picture...
By Spivonious on 6/17/2010 10:44:22 AM , Rating: 2
That was good. SNL still comes up with something funny every once in a while. Nothing like the 70s cast though.


RE: Article picture...
By theapparition on 6/17/2010 10:47:29 AM , Rating: 2
I like the tramp stamp myself. Easy targets. At least back when I wasn't married.


RE: Article picture...
By MrBlastman on 6/17/2010 11:02:40 AM , Rating: 2
Easy targets if you're looking for your caulk to fall off. ;)


RE: Article picture...
By Dean364 on 6/17/2010 11:58:18 AM , Rating: 2
What's wrong with a tramp stamp? It's the best way to gauge if you're going to get laid or not.


RE: Article picture...
By Lazarus Dark on 6/17/2010 11:55:46 AM , Rating: 2
The sexiest woman I ever saw: a hot tattoo artist... with NO tattoos. LOL. She said she didn't want to ruin her natural hotness. She was a really good artist, so it was kinda weird and kinda awesome at the same time.


RE: Article picture...
By Freezebyte on 6/17/2010 3:22:15 PM , Rating: 1
I agree, butt tattoo's are the worst but I hate tattoo's in general, just looks ugly.


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