`Watching porn on smartphone easiest way to catch virus`

Last Updated: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 - 13:01

London: Watching pornography on a smartphone or tablet is a potentially risky thrill as it is the easiest way to catch a virus on your device, a new study has revealed.

According to a report by Blue Coat, compared to a PC, a user is three times more likely to accidentally download malware when using a mobile device to look up x-rated material.

The web security and optimization company also said that nearly one-quarter of malware on phones and tablets comes from visits to porn sites.
This study, claimed that prurient browsing on phones is not that common, adding that less than one percent of all mobile traffic is to pornographic destinations.

Yet the report also states that porn has led to more malware on smartphone s and tablets than e-mail spam, malicious websites, and fake apps put together.

According to the paper, Blue Coat claimed that a major part of the problem is the way URLs are displayed on a phone browser, which makes it more difficult for users to tell if the site is legitimate or malicious.

Unlike on a PC or a desktop computer, for example, there is no way to hover over and preview a link for warning signs, it added.

ANI



First Published: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 - 13:01

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