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Porn Sites Are Stepping Up Their Privacy Settings

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* Sites like Pornhub and YouPorn are now HTTPS encrypted
* HTTPS provides extra security and keeps your information more private
* Nearly half of all websites today are encrypted

We can all rest a little easier now thanks to sites like Pornhub. Yes, really. The world’s biggest porn site is turning to HTTPS encryption to help keep people’s browsing habits private.

The change comes at an auspicious time, as just a few weeks ago, the U.S. Senate passed a vote that allows ISPs to monitor and make money off their customer’s browsing data.

With more than 75 million visitors a day, Pornhub isn’t just the world’s biggest porn site, it’s one of the biggest sites on the web, period. Therefore, the switch to HTTPS is sure to send shockwaves to its competitors. In fact, sister site YouPorn has already followed suit and made the switch to HTTPS earlier this week.

While HTTPS adds an extra layer of encryption, it also provides extra security and keeps your password and sensitive information from being recorded. Your ISP can still see which sites you’re visiting, but they’re unable to see what links you click on, what videos you watch, etc.

As of 2017, nearly half of all websites have enabled HTTPS. You can tell if a site is encrypted by checking the little green lock on the left of the URL. If it says “Secure,” then you’re good. It’s a good rule of thumb to avoid sites that don’t offer encryption, as these are not only more vulnerable to hacks and malware, they’re also much easier to monitor. 

As most porn sites are notorious for having poor privacy settings, the change comes as a welcome surprise.