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Pornhub launches VPNhub, its own virtual private network

Adult video website Pornhub has just launched its own private network called VPNhub.

Having already recently started accepting cryptocurrencies as payments, the adult video sharing giant has now unveiled its own VPN in an attempt to keep users’ browsing activity safe from the growing list of Internet censors across the globe.

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According to Pornhub vice president Corey Price: ‘With 90 million visitors a day, the vast majority of whom are using devices on the go, it’s especially important that we continue to ensure the privacy of our users.’

Pornhub’s new virtual private network will not track users’ data or Internet browsing history

VPNhub has just gone live on May 24, 2018, offering ‘free and unlimited bandwidth’ for platforms such as Android, Windows, Mac OS and iOS.

According to the company, VPNbub will boast around 1,000 servers in over 15 countries. Although the new private network will not track user browsing activity or data, the ad-supported network will require users to pay for its VPNhub Premium version to both remove the advertisements and be utilized on desktop computers.

In the UK, the new private network will be made available, though it would likely be used to evade the country’s upcoming age-verification laws that would force Internet users to confirm they’re 18 or older in order to access adult content online. Mindgeek, the parent company of Pornhub, has recently unveiled its new AgeID age verification tools to help users.

Per Price: ‘VPNhub is a separate service and not related to AgeID.’

The new private network and age verification software comes as Mindgeek has faced accusations of failing to protect its users’ identities and privacy in recent years. 

In 2012, a data breach of its sites Digital Playground and YouPorn resulted in the exposure of more than 1.1 million users’ sensitive private data. 

A 2016 hack of Brazzer’s forum led to the outing of 800,000 of its members, while in 2017 it was revealed that Pornhub accidentally hosted malicious advertising software for more than a whole year.

VPNhub will be available globally, though it will be restricted in countries with U.S. Federal business cooperation bans such as North Korea, Iran, Syria, Sudan, Cuba and Burma. The network is also reportedly banned in countries with tough Internet restrictions such as China, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the UAE.

What is a VPN?

VPN stands for virtual private network. They extend private Internet networks across publicly-accessible networks, allowing users to receive and send data across public networks just as if their computers were directly connected to a private network.

VPNs allow company employees to access private corporate networks outside of their offices and can securely connect users regardless of geographic location. They also enable individual users to circumvent Internet restrictions and censors, though some websites block this technology.

In recent years, they’ve become common on mobile networks and have increasingly been employed by Internet users to securely and privately browse sensitive information without fear of censorship or having their data and browsing history tracked.


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