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Surprise! Porn no longer biggest mobile security threat

Surprise! Porn no longer biggest mobile security threat

When you talk about parts of the Internet that can give you a virus, most people automatically think of adult sites. Visiting a porn site is supposed to be a fast way to clog up your computer, smartphone or tablet with digital danger.

Well, that's actually true. According to a new study from Blue Coat Security, adult sites make up only 1 percent of mobile Web traffic, but 16 percent of attacks. So you're most likely to get a virus or run into another threat if you're on an adult site.

However, there's something growing even more dangerous. For the first time, mobile Web ads have skyrocketed past adult sites in the total number of threats delivered, accounting for 20 percent of mobile infections.

And these don't even have to be ads on seedy websites. Legitimate sites can host malicious ads, as Yahoo found out earlier this year.

So, where does that leave you? Well, obviously you should stay off porn sites, but you can't avoid mobile ads.

You can, however, take a few simple precautions. If you click on an ad and it asks you to install an app, don't do it. Malicious apps are one of the biggest threats on smartphones and tablets. Only install apps from the Apple or Google app store.

Don't give out your information on a page you reached from clicking an ad. If you want to buy a product you found in an ad, go to the store site manually, find the product and buy it that way.

Click here for more essential steps to secure your smartphone or tablet. 

You can download the full security report from Blue Coat Security here. (Note: It's a PDF download)

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