Why You Should Be Cautious About Porn Apps

It’s pretty safe to say that most of us love porn. We would quite happily spend hours looking at the various porn sites online to get our porn fix without having to pay for it, but if we can get porn for free and without the pop-ups it is even better.

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However, our search for the best porn often leads up to some questionable places. Some websites might claim to be free, but you have to sign up to a subscription with your credit card and if you don’t cancel in time, they’ll take your money quite happily. There are also some apps out there that you can get on your phone specifically for those wanting to take their hot and steamy porn with them wherever they go.

Well surprise, because no porn is ever going to be 100% fee free, as the latest app has shown. The ‘adult player’ might have no advertisements or pop-ups for you to contend with, but it will then take pictures of you using the phone and then lock it while demanding a ransom. Yes, really.

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The app in question never made it onto the Android Google Play store, but it could be found on unofficial sources for download. Despite the fact it wasn’t official on the store, people decided to go and download it anyway, specifically because the app promised that you could have access to free porn.

In a way, they weren’t lying. The users could open the app to try and access some free porn, but they wouldn’t get very far. The app checks if users have a front facing camera and, if they do, it will start to take pictures of the user as they look at the hot and sexy pictures on the app. No noise will come from the camera, making this a terrifying thought.

If that wasn’t terrifying enough, the app would then lock your device completely, leaving you unable to do anything except look at the lock screen. The lock screen told users that the device had been locked “for safety reasons”, and that the warning was actually coming from the FBI, as they were viewing “forbidden pornographic sites”.

You might think that this would all be bad enough, but the app takes it one huge step further. It isn’t enough to take pictures of you using the app and lock your device, but they would also send information about you, such as the location, operator, and version of Android that you were running, to a remote location.

To top it all off, the app was far from free, as the message would say that users had received a fine for 500 dollars, before linking to a Paypal page where you could conveniently pay the fine to continue watching porn or just remove the app forever and never let it darken your phone screen ever again.

Not a first

The problem is that this isn’t the first time something like this has happened and it certainly won’t be the last. When the phenomenally popular game Flappy Bird was taken down from the app stores by the creator, plenty of fraudulent versions popped up that would send messages to premium rate numbers, ultimately costing you a lot of money.

The reason that it happens so much is that people simply aren’t content with some of the content they find on the official phone stores. The phone app stores check the apps on there to make sure they aren’t fraudulent or suspicious, meaning you can be happy with the fact that you have an app that isn’t going to completely ruin your phone, like this one does.

This is why checking the permissions of any apps that you install is a good idea, as you can see clearly what the app will want to see. If you are simply wanting to look at a video player app and it wants access to your camera, address book, and things like that, it is probably a good idea to not install it.

Third party websites where you can install “unofficial” versions of apps are also a bad idea, as anyone can put them up there and they will have, more likely than not, not have been checked to see if they are authentic and not going to cause any damage or problems with your phone.

If you are one of the unlucky people who has had this happen to them, it is suggested that you boot your device in safe mode, and then uninstall the ransomware app from the device completely. This will hopefully get rid of it, without you having to pay a huge amount of money for this scam.

No such thing as free porn

Of course, this might not happen if we were aware that there is no such thing as free porn. Okay, there are plenty of websites that boast free porn out there, but there is always a catch. Some will have random pop-ups for casinos and webcam sites popping up while you are casually browsing, while others might have adverts for other (paid) sites for you to look at as you scroll. They intend to entice you in, as each click will generate money for the website, as will each view.

So when it comes to porn, you either have the choice to put up with the adverts and pop-ups, as well as the shortened content, or you could pay for one of the websites that gives you “unlimited access” to the “best content on the internet”. It is completely your choice.

What do you think? Is there such a thing as free porn, and are there some porn apps out there that are totally safe? You can let us know how you feel about this topic either by joining in the discussion on the Escort Norway forum or by leaving a comment in the box below.

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Lara Mills is a writer who has four years of sex industry expertise behind her. Since she entered the adult industry, she has worked on the Escort Advertising forums, before moving into her current role three years ago.

Since then she has gained a fine reputation with her blogs on sex advice, sexual health and amusing news stories from around the globe. She is also a campaigner for the rights of sex workers from all over the world.

In her spare time, Lara keeps herself active by going running, and is something of a film buff. She also loves to go travelling.
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One thought on “Why You Should Be Cautious About Porn Apps”

  1. Jeg har ikke en har smarttelefon, men hvis jeg gjorde det, ville jeg aldri laste ned porno app fordi folk ville se app hvis de bruker telefonen min.
    Jeg bare se porno på datamaskinen min.

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