YouPorn is a pornography website which, although not malicious by its nature, has been known for using cookies in order to track your browsing routine. Specialists, therefore, advise users to be careful with this website, check their system for YouPorn cookies and delete them if present.
Why Should You Be Cautious When Using YouPorn?
How Does YouPorn Cookie Affect You?
YouPorn is a legitimate adult-video website which benefits mainly from its simplicity, user-friendliness and free videos. What’s more, it has managed to maintain a clean reputation despite its content and thanks to lacking malicious components.
At some point, however, its popularity grew, and its owners decided to take advantage of the visitors by monitoring their browsing activities. That was made possible by implementing a tracking cookie which enters your system unnoticeably, takes almost no space, and records your activities online such as the websites you visit, the searches you initiate and more.
What Is a Tracking Cookie?
As a matter of fact, not all cookies are bad for you. Standard cookies are mainly used to ease your browsing process as they “remember” certain login information and preferences so you don’t have to re-enter them every time you visit the same websites.
Tracking cookies, however, are a bit more disturbing. They are not harmful like malware or viruses, but they may put your privacy at risk as they track and record your personal data and browsing habits, and share them back with third parties (usually advertising agencies). There is nothing malicious about this activity; however, the advertising company that has your information now knows the websites you like to visit and the searches you perform. Therefore, removing them is only at your benefit – to keep your data private and to ensure your peace of mind.
Porn Tracking in 2018
Statistics reveal that at least 88 percent of the most popular 500 porn websites have some kind of tracking elements, exactly like the YouPorn cookie described in this article. As explained by privacy researcher Tim Libert, the URL is one of the basic pieces of information in HTTP requests, and even though numerical strings don’t really reveal a user’s porn preferences, they reveal he is looking at a porn site.
What is worse is that descriptive URLs can reveal what a user is actually looking at, even if it is porn. This revelation simply means that no one is safe from eavesdropping while watching porn. As Motherboard put it in an article from a couple of years ago, “your porn is watching you”.
Even the incognito mode of the browser doesn’t help the user’s privacy.
As explained by the researcher, “at best your address bar won’t auto-complete to something embarrassing, but advertisers and data brokers still get the information. I have no idea what, if anything, they do with it—but it’s all sitting in a database somewhere.”
Update February 2018. Did you know that Mindgeek – the company, owner of popular online adult websites Pornhub, RedTube, YouPorn and Brazzers – will be collecting names, mobile phone numbers, addresses, dates and place of birth before users log in? The new change is expected to happen in April, 2018. In addition, as reported by Wired, age verification of all such content will be mandatory from April 2018, at least in the UK. While these changes are about to be implemented, critics have said that the changes will be dangerous to internet freedoms in the UK, the media reported.
How to Remove YouPorn Cookie?
YouPorn may have stopped using tracking cookies already thanks to a 2010 lawsuit. If you have used it in the past, however, you may still have that cookie in your system regardless of whether you visit YouPorn now or not. You must, therefore, check your computer and make sure you delete that cookie. If not, it will continue tracking your activities and share this information with third parties.
As mentioned earlier, YouPorn and its cookie are not malicious so you should not stress out into removing it right away. Simply consider deleting it whenever you get a chance to. You can remove that tracking component manually, by following the instructions below, or by using a trustworthy anti-malware tool.