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This Website Wants To Pay You To Watch Porn (But There’s A Catch)

With the Bitcoin now a greatly coveted currency (but looking dangerously closer to popping its economic bubble), many people are trying to create a new electronic currency to match it. Stuart Duncan is one of those people.

Stuart Duncan is the CEO of a new tech company called Vice Industry Token. They are presenting the Vice Token as a new electronic currency, and they are trying it out with porn viewers.

The idea is that people will go to their new porn site, and will get paid Vice Tokens to watch porn on the site. Then, they will be able to use the currency to get discounts (or to pay fully if they have enough coins) on sex toys, magazines, and other sites's porn.

On top of that, Duncan hopes that the coin will eventually be used by enough people to be acknowledged by banks and such. If that happens, people with Vice Tokens will then be able to trade the VITs for physical cash.

Duncan spoke to GayStarNews to discuss the system for the currency (which starts tomorrow, February 20) and its possible future.

“Using blockchain technology, our new model ensures content producers get a reward for creating content. Then curators get a reward for identifying relevant content. But most significantly, viewers get a reward for watching porn.”

“You earn VIT tokens through the act of liking content. But eventually, you’ll be able to buy and sell VIT from and to each other.”

Again, this currency is brand new, so there’s no guarantees it’ll work out. Plus, the company is still trying to raise itself up on little funds.

It looks like Vice Token will get paid by having porn companies become partners. Then, their porn will legally show up on the site and not be illegally uploaded like on Pornhub or XHamster.

That said, Vice Token only has one partner at the moment creating gay porn (Playmen). While Duncan is sure the site will eventually have “all kinds of porn,” this doesn’t bode well for them developing a gay audience.

But, Duncan remains hopeful.

“People are always going to watch porn – it’s a booming global business. The current advertising-driven model is hugely flawed. In contrast, the Attention Economy model lifts the bar for everyone involved.”

He even goes further to say Vice Industry Token will make porn better:

“It rewards viewers for authentic attention, and incentivizes producers and curators to develop high quality, engaging content for which viewers will be willing to pay real attention.”

The site officially releases info on how the system will start tomorrow, but we still have our doubts.

With where the site and company are now, people will be paid an unestablished electronic currency, and there’s only one type of gay porn available.

Ultimately, Vice Industry Token is a time/financial risk whose worth will have to be decided on by porn producers and viewers. Then, time will tell if they were right.

Researchers Claim That Watching Porn on Your Phone Is Riskier Than On Your Computer

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Freshman year of college was an interesting time for me, there were a lot of new and exciting things around me and very little privacy when it came to those experiences. That is especially true when it came to my college roommates.

Through circumstances that I no longer remember, one of my roommates once told me that he only watched porn on his phone because it was easier and kept his phone safe from any viruses meant for desktop/laptop computers.

But a recent study tries to claim that my roommate was wrong.

Mobile tech and security firm Wandera did a little investigation into the security of risky sites (porn sites, gambling sites, and pirating sites) as well as mobile phones and states that there is barely any security at all.

Their results found that malware can be found on any kind of site, but at least a quarter of malware targeted towards phones are found on porn sites.

Turns out that watching porn on smartphone systems, and Wandera specifically pointed out Android systems, is much more dangerous than watching on desktop computers.

Top 50 Porn Sites / via Wandera

In addition, it seems that most porn sites are susceptible to data leaks. During their research, Wandera found that 40 out of the 50 biggest porn sites, like Pornhub, XVideos, and Xhamster, are all showing signs of data leaks and potentially leaking out your personal information.

Keep in mind however that you should have some suspicion about this research. After all, it was conducted by a mobile security firm that seeks to benefit from scaring consumers into buying their services. (In fact, the end of the article about their research was a plug for their services).

And folks, I was just going to end this article after stating that, but my own suspicisons keep bothering me. 

You see, Wandera's claims that only a quarter of malware makes "watching mobile porn on your smartphone a much higher risk than watching it on your PC" just seemed off to me. So, I did a little more digging. And it seems, my suspicions were right.

Earlier research, like the one conducted by Security expert Conrad Longmore, has stated that there is about a 50% chance of getting in contact with malware while surfing porn sites on PC.

He found that PC visitors to Pornhub and Xhamster have a 53 and 42 percent chance respectively of contacting malware.

In addition, a 2010 study done by a research team bought 47,000 clicks to a test porn site. By the end of the study, they estimated that around 20,000 clicks might have created contact with malware. That's about 43%.

So, it seems that my college roommate was right when he said that watching porn on cell phones is safer than watching on a computer.

If Wandera's research is right that there's a 25% chance of contracting some sort of malware, that is still lower than the 40-50% chance other researchers have found.

It also seems that Wandera needs to be more honest and just say they conducted research to get attention for their services, and did a very bad job of doing it.

Update (9/12/2017): An earlier version of this post agreed with the research done by Wandera saying that phone use was risker. But, after further thought and research, the article has been updated to refute that claim.