Pssst – Let’s Talk About, Uh…. Porn

imageI’ll talk to you about porn. Your friends probably won’t – other than to deny that they watch it – or, perhaps to decry its prevalence on the Internet. If you want to see your friends scramble for cover -  if you want to see some terrific open field running  – ask them specifically, if they watch porn on the Internet.

Yes, I know, they don’t. But, someone’s watching. Run a Google search for “porn” and you might be surprised to see that there are considerably more than One Billion search results.

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Despite its popularity and huge profitability – the pornography industry has revenues larger than the revenues of the top technology companies combined – that’s right, the combined revenues of Microsoft, Google, Amazon, eBay, Yahoo!, Apple, Netflix …. – it’s still seen, by many (at least publicly), as a back room activity.

Although porn has almost reached a level of respectability (I’ll focus on the almost), or perhaps because of it - there are those who would rather see porn back in the gutter, and dark alleys, where they think it belongs.

But not Kyle Richards. Richards is a 21 year old Michigan jail inmate who believes he’s being subjected to cruel and unusual punishment because he can’t access pornography. Alleging that denying his request for erotic material subjects him to a “poor standard of living” and “sexual and sensory deprivation”, he’s suing.

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Macomb County Jail; Getty

Rather than referring to Kyle as an idiot, which he undoubtedly is – I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt (at least I’ll pretend I am). Could it be that he’s a porn expert – that he knows pornography has always been a force to be reckoned with. From prehistoric rock paintings depicting sex, through to the Greeks, Romans, the Renaissance period ( in which it flourished), and on to the mass production of pornography in the early 20th century. Yeah, sure!

Purveyors of pornography have always been quick to adapt to new technologies – especially mass production opportunities. No surprise then, to see the distributers of sexually explicit material almost immediately adopted the Internet as the preferred method of  mass distribution -  a technology which allows uncontrolled (by moralists, governments, and others), and anonymous access to explicit sexual content. Not a bad business model!

As an Internet security blogger, I have a certain level of concern with respect to pornographic Websites. Just to be clear – I’m not a member of the Morality Police, and I hold no religious, or political views, on the availability of pornography on the Internet; except of course, pornography which is clearly illegal, or morally reprehensible.

Instead, my main concern is focused on the primary/secondary use, that many of these sites are designed for – as a vehicle for the distribution of potentially harmful malware applications that can be surreptitiously dropped onto unwitting visitors computers.

With that in mind, over the years I’ve written a number of articles dealing with this issue  including – Dangerous Porn Sites – Tips on How to Avoid Them, Porn Surfing – Put a Software Condom on Your Computer!, Kate Middleton Nude – As If!, and Nude Pics Of Your Wife/Girlfriend Attached – Click Here.

I’ve no idea why precisely, but lately (the last 2/3 months), these articles have been getting an unusually high number of hits – generally from search engine referrals. Whatever the reason, it’s a good thing. Hopefully, it’s an indication that surfers are beginning to recognize at least one of the many potentially unsafe activities on the Internet. Hopefully!

A selection of  those search engine referrals  – most are multiples of 30/40 or more (sex, porn, nude, dangerous, safe ….), to this site on a typical day. Some of them are just a little strange – I think. But then, who am I to judge what’s strange?  

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I’ll admit that this post rambles a bit – but, I just had to reference the Kyle Richards (I need my porn) story, somehow. More and more often, I find myself shaking my head at just how eerily crazy this world really is.  Smile

This article was originally posted July 5, 2011.

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8 responses to “Pssst – Let’s Talk About, Uh…. Porn

  1. Mal

    Hey Bill,
    Lol. I remember this article from last year. Poor old Kyle. Jail isn’t supposed to be a nice place, where you can leisurely look at smut.
    But seriously, these sites are probably in the worst category for malware distribution. I tell this to my friends who “don’t” look at porn lol. I guess the best bet is, if someone really wants to look at this stuff, go virtualization, backed up by top notch security apps.
    Cheers

    • Hey Mal,

      “Jail isn’t supposed to be a nice place, where you can leisurely look at smut.” Ah, yeah. lol

      “if someone really wants to look at this stuff, go virtualization, backed up by top notch security apps.” Well, I never!! But, I will! lol

      All kidding aside, as usual you’re dead on – virtualize, virtualize, virtualize!!!

      Best,

      Bill

  2. Mark

    Hi Bill,
    I’m outraged by this cruel and unusual punishment this poor guy is being subjected too. BTW have you seen the new Paris Hilton “comeback” photo’s yet, I’m sure they’re on the Internets!
    Have fun
    Mark

  3. delenn13

    We, each, have our PC here and we ONLY share ONE folder and our printers because the only virus I have ever gotten was from the hubby. I know, for a fact, the hubby and his brother exchange “special” links at times. I am not the jealous type(I tell him..”You can look at the menu as long as you eat at home.”) and as long as he keeps the PC up to date and watches what he does.. I am OK with it.

    But I have to admit, I have (RickRolled) him a few times to make sure he watches his links…

    • Hey Delenn13,

      LOL! Too funny – “special links” huh? Yeah – RickRolling seems appropriate. :)

      See, here’s the thing (I suppose I should talk about this aspect of porn surfing, more) – many/most/if not all, porn sites have been accused at some point, of capturing a visitors full “All History”. True? You bet. NOT harmless!

      Advice for hubby and Bro – Best to run incognito (private browsing mode), or better yet – through a proxy – when surfing for the “dirty” stuff.

      Have a cool weekend – in Montreal that’s a for sure, huh? :)

      Best,

      Bill

  4. delenn13

    Yea, we both use UltraSurf or Private browsing for certain things. But, then, we both keep our histories cleaned up for the most part.

    Don’t know about Montreal but we been getting some wet and windy stuff here, in the Niagara region. A few flurries but they don’t stick. Unusual for this time of year.

    • Hey Delenn13,

      Now where in the Wide World of Sports (always wanted to say that), did I get the idea you were down Montreal way. Musta been blowing some Northern Lights, that day. :) You’re just down the road – neat!

      Not surprised to hear you strip out History – very good move. But then, you’re a pro.

      Great weather tomorrow, I hear – + 5C or better. Shorts time! :)

      Best,

      Bill