When you click a link on a website, besides the first-party request (to get a webpage you want to see), you also send a third-party request.This one is directed at the numerous advertising trackers linked to the site, so they can prepare “accurate” links exactly for you.Our online lives are constantly at risk of cyber attacks.Our personal data, including geographical location, emails, user names, and even medical records are highly sought-after.In summer 2015, an unknown band of hackers hacked this service.They threatened its owners to leak the entire database unless the website was shut down. They badly want users to return and keep using their websites.After a refusal, 9GB of data from the site was released to the Darknet website. Not just usernames and emails, but also corporate documents, sexual preferences, biographical data, and even GPS locations. It doesn’t make sense to put their reputations at risk.
One inconsiderate click and you could end up downloading a virus, Trojan, worm, or whatever else is out there that can lock down your computer.
When you use your real IP address while web surfing, hackers can steal your sensitive information, linking pornographic search data to your IP. As another scenario, a porn company the website of which you view can be hacked, and the personal data of all visitors can be available to adversaries.
This is possible even when browsing in incognito mode.
So, the next time you’re thinking about visiting an adult website, or any website that deals with sketchy subjects, make sure you’re using a virtual private network will encrypt all your activities, delivering any shared information through a secure tunnel between two interfaces.
Your IP address will be also hidden, so it will be a great challenge to hackers to link that data to your identity.