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Pornhub and YouPorn move to adopt HTTPS protection as open season is declared on US browser data


By John McCarthy | Media editor

March 31, 2017 | 3 min read

Pornhub has stepped up its efforts to protect the intimate browsing habits of its many users by adopting HTTPS encryption with sister site YouPorn to also make the leap April 4.

The announcement comes days after Congress eroded the web privacy of US consumers, allowing web companies to buy the internet browsing histories of web users.

The adoption of HTTPS will not hide the fact the porn site has been visited but will obscure the particular section of the website that’s been tapped into, undoubtedly a minor victory for those keen to protect their right to peruse such material unabated, according to The Verge.

PornHub Lock

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Brad Burns, vice president of YouPorn said in a statement: “As one of the most viewed websites in the world, it is our duty to ensure the confidentially and safety of our users.

“The transition to HTTPS will go a long way in solidifying our users’ privacy and protecting them against various types of malware. The data on our webpages will now be encrypted, making it significantly harder for third parties to penetrate.”

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Both sites inhabit Google’s top 100 visited web pages so the adoption of greater security protocols is somewhat more serious than obstructing ISPs from discovering each web user’s particular sexual tastes – the move could influence some of the web’s busiest sites to follow suite.

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