Let’s face it – viewing online pornography is one of the most commonly held secrets in today’s technological society. And anyone who is interested in maintaining their digital privacy needs to act accordingly.
Unless adequate precautions are taken to control the flow of data, the average person’s computer can become a minefield of sensitive information just waiting to be stumbled upon causing harm to them and their relationships.
Luckily, we are here to show you how to hide porn on your computer and prevent anyone from discovering the things you’d like to keep private.
This site is intended to provide a complete guide to hiding sensitive information on your computer, and although going through all this advice might seem to be a bit overwhelming at first, most of these suggested actions only need to be taken once in order to provide continued protection. And trust us – you’ll be relieved never having to worry about this stuff again.
- Once you have begun the process of hiding your previous online activities, the use of private internet browsing is the safest and easiest way to continue to hide porn on your computer with relatively little sustained effort.
- Using your favorite browser's private browsing option will prevent any new browsing history from being saved, thus eliminating the need to repeat any of the steps listed above.
- Although each web browsers' privacy mode may be a little bit different, all the major browsers perform the same basic functions to ensure your computer does not store local data regarding your internet activity when operating within that mode.
- Some browsers require you to start a new session, while others allow you do run private and normal browsing sessions simultaneously.
- You can usually access a browser's privacy option by right-clicking on the program icon you use to open a normal browsing session. Alternatively, you should be able to find it fairly easily within the browser's menu options.
Only Use One Porn Site
- Although it may sound restrictive, any truly high-quality porn site will contain more content than a single human being could watch in an entire lifetime. So find the very best porn site you can, and make it the only source of your content. Not only will this drastically cut down on search time, but it will also significantly reduce your risk of compromising your computer's privacy and security.
Beware of Leaving a Paper Trail
- Aside from failure to fully clear browsing history, unusual credit card charges are the #1 way men are exposed for viewing online porn. Unfortunately, the porn sites with the highest quality and quantity of content require paid memberships. If you are not at all worried about anyone seeing pornographic charges on your credit card statement, then you should visit Best Pay Porn Site for a comprehensive list of porn membership reviews so that you can quickly and easily determine exactly which one would be best for you.
If, however, you are uncomfortable charging porn to your credit card, there are two ways to overcome this obsticle:
Option 1 - Use a "Tube" Site
- There are a growing number of fairly reputable YouTube-style porn sites that feature tons of content. The good news is that most of them are free, but the bad news is that the video quality tends to be quite poor, and users are rarely able to watch full-length videos. Furthermore, several of these sites feature ads that can be deceptive, annoying, or even harmful to your computer and/or privacy.
Option 2 - Pay with Gift Cards
- Naughty America is one of the world's most popular and highly-rated porn networks of all time, and now they are the first one to enable payments using a huge variety of perfectly innocent and anonymous gift cards.
Paying with gift cards (that many people already have laying around the house) is easily the most discreet way to gain full access to over 30 different sites which account for thousands of 1080p HD videos with a great variety of content. To do so, simply click on the Naughty America link, select the type of gift card you have, enter the card number, and it will calculate how many membership days the balance on that particular card is worth. Then, you can decide whether to use it towards that purchase.
Clear Internet Search History
- The words and phrases you type into search engines can be tracked at least three different ways. In order to secure your privacy, it is necessary to address:
- Your web browser's search history
- Any toolbar(s) used to search
- Search history recorded by the search engine itself
- Luckily, Google provides this tutorial that explains how to delete search history created and kept by all three sources. You will probably want to follow their instructions on how to turn off search history personalization as well.
- Most other toolbars and search engines keep their own records as well, so you will also want to make sure to address those sources. For example, you may need to clear Bing search history and turn off history records for any Bing/Yahoo/MSN accounts as well as any other search toolbars you might use.
Delete Browser's Download History
- Many web browsers keep a record of the files you download. Obviously, this can be a problem if you ever download porn, so here is how you can delete these records in popular browsers such as Firefox, Google Chrome, and Internet Explorer.
Disable Browser's Download History
- Unfortunately, simply clearing your list of recently downloaded files will not prevent it from coming back. So to ensure your future privacy, it is recommended to also disable this feature in Firefox, Google Chrome, and Internet Explorer.
Delete / Re-direct Downloads
- Often, files will be saved into a dedicated "Downloads" folder within the user's profile. Sometimes they are saved there automatically, and sometimes people just don't bother to save the files somewhere else. But either way, it means that there may be forgotten porn just sitting in there waiting to be discovered.
- So take a look in the "Downloads" folder located within your user profile, figure out what (if anything) has made it into there and how, and then delete or relocate whatever shouldn't be there.
- Finally, go about re-routing the default paths of any programs that have been saving files into that folder. Web browsers are the most frequently responsible for misdirected porn, so you should verify and/or change where your browser saves files.
- The desktop is often a good alternative to the "Downloads" folder, since you are likely to see whatever has been saved there almost immediately.
Delete Website Data with CCleaner
Delete / Disable Cookies
- Cookies are small pieces of data that sites frequently store in web browsers to provide information when a user returns to that site in the future. Some cookies can be useful, while others can be a major privacy concern. Since computers can't really tell which is which, you are best off taking matters into your own hands.
- If you want to guarantee your privacy treat your computer as though it belonged to somebody else, you can simply delete all your cookies and then entirely disable cookies from being stored in the future.
- If you don't mind having certain data stored in exchange for a more convenient experience surfing the web, you can choose to keep cookies from select websites using CCleaner. This can be especially useful if you are the primary user of your computer, and you would like to avoid having to log in every time you want to access a web-based email account or sign into various accounts or forums that require membership.
Modify "Most Visited" Site Thumbnails
- By default, new tabs opened in many of the newer browsers will display a list of thumbnails corresponding to the websites you most frequently visit. Of course, not everybody wants to make their browsing habits quite so obvious.
- There are three primary ways to address this problem:
- Change the New Tab page to something else (such as a blank page or a convenient website).
- This will generally just change it to something else that may or may not be a site you wish to hide as well. Also note that this list of sites will continue to evolve as your browsing habits change.
- Some browsers also allow you to "pin" the thumbnails you want to keep on the New Tab page so that they're not replaced later.
- Hover over the thumbnail of the website you wish to change, and click the button to hide/remove it from the list.
- Manually change the most visited sites in Google Chrome, newer versions of Internet Explorer, and/or any other browsers that might use this.
- If you are following the advice of limiting your browsing to just a couple porn sites, you shouldn't have much need for any bookmarks that could potentially get you in trouble. So unless you're really worried about forgetting a specific website, it's preferable just to delete any bookmarks you want to keep hidden.
- Note that each browser uses its own list of bookmarks, so make sure you don't forget about any.
- If you are determined to keep these bookmarks, there are a couple ways to make them much more private.
- Password-protect your bookmarks using an appropriate add-on or extension for your web browser.
- Enter the URLs into a Notepad file, so you can paste them into a private browsing session when needed. Then, refer to our site's "Hiding Saved Files" section to keep the document from being found.
Delete Unwanted Emails
- Sometimes, porn websites will require email verification to buy, download, or use their products or services. Considering most people don't keep very tidy inboxes, there is a good chance you have at least a few messages scattered within your email account that are a threat to your privacy and/or online security.
- Note that even if an email does not show up in your inbox, it could still exist in another folder, as an archived message, as spam, etc.
- If you have an excessive number of emails (as most people do), it may not be feasible to sort through messages individually. In this scenario, it may be advisable to use your email's search function. But before you start searching for words like "porn," "sex," or "xxx," you will want to make sure your email service doesn't keep easily visible records of the terms you use to search it.
- Regardless of whether they have anything to do with porn, it is generally a good idea to get rid of any emails that include the word "password" as well.
- As you find compromising emails, be sure to completely delete them from your account. Often, users will mistakenly send discarded messages to the archives or trash bin without entirely removing them.
Empty the Recycle Bin
- A lot of people forget to empty their computer's Recycle Bin on a regular basis, and it can easily become a place where files hide long after people intended to get rid of them. If you want to make sure this doesn't become a problem, you have a few options:
- Manually Delete Files - Regularly deleting files by right-clicking on the Recycle Bin and selecting "Empty Recycle Bin" is the most common way to clean out the files you don't necessarily want or need anymore. But if you want to double-check that there's nothing important hiding in there, you should look in your Recycle Bin prior to permanently deleting anything in it.
- Bypass the Recycle Bin - If you are confident you'll never need to retrieve any files you choose to delete, you can simply keep them from ever going into your Recycle Bin in the first place. Although each version of Windows varies slightly, the easiest way to achieve this result usually involves right-clicking on the Recycle Bin, selecting the "Properties" option, highlighting the C-drive, and selecting the "Do Not Move Files to the Recycle Bin" option.
- Automate Permanent Deletion - If you are a bit more tech-savvy, you can setup your computer to automatically empty the Recycle Bin on startup or to utilize RecycleBinEx along with a simple script to automatically delete files in the Recycle Bin at user-specified intervals.
Disable Recent Documents / Items
- By default, Windows keeps track of your most recently used files and displays them in places as obvious as your Start Menu. Microsoft typically makes it pretty easy to clear this list, however it will just keep filling up again but unless you completely disable it. So in order to keep the problem from reappearing every time you open a file, be sure to disable Recent Items in Windows 7, Windows Vista, or edit the registry to disable Recent Documents in Windows XP (although this is a bit trickier).
Adjust Media Player Options
- By default, many of the programs commonly used to play video files keep a record of the files most recently viewed using that media player. This obviously provides a privacy issue, so you will need to delete the recent playlist from Windows Media Player and/or whichever other program(s) you may use to view videos.
- After deleting these records, also be sure to disable the program from keeping a list in the future, so you don't have to do this every time you open a porn video. If the link above won't fix this problem for you, this is a more thorough (although somewhat more complicated) way to disable the recent playlist in Windows Media Player.
- You will also want to make sure no sensitive files are displayed or easily accessed through your media player's library. Remove folders from your library in Windows Media Player to prevent it from displaying videos files contained in the folders you don't want to show up.
Unless you have an especially bad internet connection or strong desire to permanently store porn on your computer, it is generally best to avoid saving files to your hard drive. But if (and when) you do, make sure to do it cautiously by following this advice.
Suspiciously Large Folders
Creating Zip Files
- Although zipped files can be considerably less secure and more difficult to edit than the method above, some people prefer the ease of creating password-protected zip files. And since most people already have WinZip, WinRAR, or some comparable sort of compression software installed on their computer, this can be a quick and easy way to protect porn files.
Using Invisible Folders
- For an extra layer of security, you can place files inside of "invisible" (rather than "hidden") folders. When this method is executed successfully, neither the folder's icon or its name will be at all visible unless it is highlighted or clicked directly. Invisible folders can be extremely useful as long as the files you put in them are password-protected, and the folders are not placed somewhere that they might be clicked upon or selected accidentally.
Hide Data Inside of Pictures
- Another clever way to hide porn on your computer is to actually hide files inside pictures. This method allows you to disguise various files so that they appear to be no more than a simple jpeg file. But if you know how to open it just right, you'll be able to see whatever is actually being covered up by that picture. Doing this can be a bit more complicated and difficult to remember than using an invisible folder, but it is certainly a sneaky way to hide files.
- Setting a Windows login password for your profile can offer reasonable protection against the casual user from seeing any of your files. If you are not the only one who uses your computer on a regular basis, it is a very good idea to create a unique profile for each person to use. Creating user accounts is simple but varies a little bit between Windows 7, Vista, and XP.
- Note that whenever you are about to leave your computer unattended, you can simply hold down the "Windows" key and hit "L" to lock your computer so that it requires your password to re-open your session.
- Be warned that although user passwords offer modest protection, someone with administrator access, intrusive software, or the determination to physically remove your hard drive for use on another machine can usually get around this barrier.
Saved Online Passwords
- Saving website passwords can be helpful or hurtful depending upon how they are used. Like cookies, some people may prefer the convenience and time saved by having their computer automatically remember their login information for certain sites they frequently visit such as Facebook, email, etc.
- Of course, saving all your passwords could also be a huge privacy concern. Not only can anyone logged in under your profile easily access your password-protected information on those sites, but they can even see all your saved passwords if they know where to look.
- If you just want to play it safe and delete all of your saved passwords, you can simply add it to your list of checked boxes for each browser in CCleaner (refer to the "Delete Website Data with CCleaner" section above).
- If, however, you still wish to keep one or more passwords saved in your browser's memory, Firefox and Chrome actually allow you to delete individual passwords while keeping others saved for future use.
- Note that these browsers easily allow you (or anybody else) to display the username AND password for each site with saved login credentials.
- That being said, there are also quite a few third-party programs that can pull up passwords saved in just about every browser, so it's a pretty bad idea to save any sensitive passwords regardless of whether or not they have anything to do with porn.
- Folders and files can be protected with passwords (refer to the sections above regarding "Encrypting Files" and "Creating Zip Files").
- Creating and using a variety of strong passwords is a great way to protect your privacy and security. Below are some tips to help make them as effective as possible.
- You should absolutely not use the same password for everything you hope to keep private. Obviously, doing so would mean that somebody who knew one of your passwords could easily use it on all your other accounts.
- At the very least, you should have separate passwords to access your computer, porn files, email, banking, sites that store payment information (such as PayPal, Amazon, eBay) and any lower-security online accounts. And although it may be a bit of a hassle to create even more, you'll be extremely grateful you did if your email ever gets hacked.
- The more passwords you create, the more likely you are to forget some. So if you are especially worried you are going to forget any passwords that can't be retrieved with proof of your identity, you may wish to consider keeping a list.
- Of course, you won't want to leave a hand-written Post-it note sitting next to your computer, but keeping a list isn't quite so risky if you hide it in a secure place such as a:
- Password-Encrypted File - As long as you can remember the password necessary to access one securely encrypted folder of your making, you can just type all your passwords into a simple Notepad document or a similar file that can be placed inside the encrypted folder.
- For more information, see the "Encrypting Files" section above.
- Password Manager - There are several companies that actually sell password managers to people who would like to use a program specifically designed to handle a multitude of usernames and passwords.
- Safe - If you prefer to keep a physical record of your passwords in case your hard drive fails or something, you might consider locking up the list in a home security safe.
- If you plan to hide usernames and passwords for bank accounts or anything else that could potentially cause you significant distress if it fell into the wrong hands, you'll probably want to make sure to do enough research to make sure someone can't easily crack your safe or simply walk away with it.
Use Lots of Characters
- Don't get lazy and use short passwords. The longer they are, the more difficult they are to guess.
- Avoid repetition and simple sequences as well as easily discoverable personal information such as names, dates, addresses, etc.
- Rather than using one or more words that can be found in a dictionary, it's better to use a seemingly random string of characters. But in the interest of actually remembering your passwords, sometimes it can be helpful to think of a phrase and then combine the first letters of each word in it.
- For example, the phrase "I really hate to come up with long passwords" would simply become "IRHTCUWLP"
- Strong passwords use numbers, special characters, upper-case AND lower-case letters. The more you can incorporate, the better.
- For example, the word "Invasive" might become "!n<@$1V3"
- When you put all these suggestions together, you should get some pretty solid passwords.
- For example, the phrase "How To Hide Porn Dot Com Could Easily Save A Lot Of Relationships" might translate into "H2hpd(C3$@L0r"