Porn Website Debuts New Privacy-Protecting Feature

by Meera Pattni 

Adult entertainment website PornHub launched its own virtual private network (VPN) called VPNhub on May 24, 2018.

The VPN is said to have free and unlimited bandwidth and is expected to help its users avoid ISP tracking and geographic limitations, as well as allowing its users to anonymously transfer data without the website saving or collecting it.

The main aim of the VPN is to make the viewing of porn more private for users, but some wonder if it will even have a significant impact on the accessibility of porn.

Twitter user Robert Mariani believes that the release of the VPN is not going to increase accessibility. He said:

“I think it’s mostly a publicity stunt. It doesn’t seem to be any different from VPNs that are already easily accessible by anyone.”

Others are worried that PornHub’s private VPN could negatively impact children’s safety on the web.

But according to Jess Fleig from the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF), an organisation dedicated to protecting the safety of children online, VPNhub poses no threat to child internet safety.

“From the IWF’s perspective, we don’t see any increased risk to children, it’s not thought to do anything more than using a privacy browser like Incognito would, which stops sites showing up in your web history,” said Fleig.

The VPN service will be available free to those using iOS and Android. Desktop users will have to buy the premium version.

The service will be blocked in countries that are currently not doing business with the United States.

Featured Image by Andrew Neel on Unsplash

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