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Old 04-11-2012, 15:44
Mark in Essex
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Hi there,

I have a friend and he said there is an app for a certain free porn site.

Would you install this on your phone, or could it be dodgy.

It's on an Android phone (same as mine).
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Old 04-11-2012, 15:52
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Look at the permissions it's asking for and make a decision from there.

How is it being distributed?
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Old 04-11-2012, 15:57
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Look at the permissions it's asking for and make a decision from there.

How is it being distributed?
It's when you go to their web site on your mobile it flashes up a window to say that there is an Android app available for that site.

Prob might not install it - I mean I will tell my friend not to install it and browse the site as normal.
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Old 04-11-2012, 15:59
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But doesn't it give you a link to the play store?
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Old 04-11-2012, 16:00
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What site is it for? A lot of porn sites are actually owned by quite big businesses (adult entertainment businesses, obviously).
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Old 04-11-2012, 16:01
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But doesn't it give you a link to the play store?
No - have not clicked the link, but guess it will install directly from the site.
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Old 04-11-2012, 16:01
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But doesn't it give you a link to the play store?
Porn isn't allowed on Google Play.
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Old 04-11-2012, 16:06
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What site is it for? A lot of porn sites are actually owned by quite big businesses (adult entertainment businesses, obviously).
It's for Pornhub.
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Old 04-11-2012, 16:40
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Probably fine then, most respectable porn sites are big businesses as somebody said above where a lot of money is made and if they serve malware then they lose reputation and money.

I read a study recently that suggested you were more likely to get malware from sites listed in the category religion, rather than porn as porn sites have a vested financial interest in keeping sites clean and securing against vulnerability, where as most church sites are run part time and by people with limited technical knowledge leading to them being much higher risk.
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Old 04-11-2012, 16:40
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Just took a look at it on my Nexus 7 and it doesn't seem nefarious in any way. It only allows 5 video views per day though (presumably unlimited if you have a subscription).
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Old 04-11-2012, 17:24
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if your friend's not desperate android 4.2 has additional security features used when installing apps outside of the Play store/
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Old 04-11-2012, 21:46
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I wouldn't install it personally . It's not really needed is it . The 5 free vids per day on You Porn fits my masturbation needs nicely
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Old 06-11-2012, 03:42
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It's hard to see why an adult site would require you to install an ap. My friend tells me the content uses standard video formats. At most you woulfd need a bog standard video player. Some porn sites are fronts for all sorts of activities, and many simply link to other sites, so in general a "player" ap could be a keylogger or something that allows your device to forward kiddie porn, denial of service attacks, etc without revealing the source. I don't know the provider you mention but as a general principle play safe.

If the ap is well known close the porn site connection, go direct to the reputable manufacturer - Google, Apple, Microsoft - and download from there. Never ever download software from a porn site.
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Old 06-11-2012, 05:33
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Porn on a mobile phone screen, "the friend" will be getting blind in two ways at the same time
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