Computer viruses, adult content is to blame

Kaspersky research reveals that one in two Italians has been infected with a virus by viewing adult content. Here are the most dangerous ones

Pornographic content transmits "digital sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)." Kaspersky, one of the leading companies in the field of computer security, has involved 1,000 adults in Italy and has analyzed how much Italians are at risk of contracting "digital sexually transmitted diseases". As happens in "real life", if you access websites dedicated to adult content, you are very likely to catch an infection. Even if in these cases it's computer viruses. But they are equally dangerous and difficult to eliminate from your devices. What Italians lack is a culture of "digital protected sex": it's not enough to access pornographic content in incognito mode to protect one's device.

What Kaspersky's research says

In addition to the data on the number of Italians who have been infected by surfing on an adult site, the Kaspersky study reveals other equally valuable information. Nearly one in three Italians are ashamed of being infected while watching hot movies and try to shift the blame onto their friends or relatives. Adults who access this kind of sites at least five times a week are 55% of the population and spend an average of 23 minutes.

The most worrying data concerns the number of people who surf the Net without using any protection: eight out of ten Italians say they do not use any antivirus. The same percentage thinks that it is enough to use a tablet or a smartphone to stay safe. 39% believe that it's enough to surf incognito to stay safe and 40% delete the browser history to avoid viruses.

The most common viruses on adult sites

Kaspersky has also compiled a list of the ten "digital sexually transmitted diseases" that you can catch when you surf on these types of sites. In first place are Trojans, followed by drive-by downloads; click-jacking; Tinder bots that pretend to be real people but try to steal the user's personal information; car-phishing; ransomware; worms; pornware; spyware and fake antivirus.