Using Porn Online Isn’t Just a Sin–It’s Highly Risky for Your Wallet and Identity Too

We are told in the Word of God that the devil comes to kill, steal, and destroy (John 10:10), and one very good example of this is pornography. Simply viewing porn can open you up to a world of sin. Lust. Temptation. Filthy thoughts. Adultery of the heart. Deceit. Deception. Addiction. Depravity.

Porn addiction is a devastating problem in our modern world, and while many assume it ends once your browser closes and you walk away from your computer, it doesn’t. The demand for porn is fueling an entire industry that feeds on young women and, in some cases, is even contributing to human trafficking.

While using porn can certainly destroy your soul and even your marriage, a new report has revealed the destruction it can cause doesn’t end there. Apparently, hackers are now using porn to lure lust-filled men to turn over their credit cards or using other means to steal their identity.

Fox News reports:

Cybersecurity experts say that criminals are “using porn as a lure” to get viruses onto people’s computers, or to trick them into handing over cash.

Internet security giant Kaspersky has published a detailed report that found more than 300,000 instances of porn-themed attacks in 2017.

These scams tried to attack more than 50,000 computers around the world, often in an attempt to hack premium accounts for porn websites to sell on the dark web.

According to Kaspersky, the fact that porn is “turning into mainstream entertainment” is fuelling a sharp rise in the number of saucy scams online.

 

They describe a number of scams in which porn users are either forced or tricked into turning over their credit card or personal information. In one phishing scam, users are told they’ve been infected with a virus and are instructed to call a phony Microsoft technical support number, which then uses social programming to extract vital information from them.

Other scams pose as sex dating services, where credit cards are stolen when men try to sign up for the service their credit card info is stolen.

Another sickening scam that Fox describes involves “scareware”, “where a device’s screen is locked with a message stating that “illegal content (usually child porn) has been detected”. Users are then prompted to pay up for a ransom.”

The author of the study, internet giant Kaspersky, says that these are often perfect crimes, as porn users are unlikely to report what’s happened to them, as “they would have to admit they were looking for or watching porn.”

This is how sin works–it destroys you, one way or another. Hackers are just opportunists, praying on people who are already doing what they know they shouldn’t be doing. Sure, bad things can happen to you when you are walking righteously. But when you willingly subject yourself to smut and filth, it has a way of attracting more destruction into your life and leaves you with no means of defending yourself because you were already in the wrong in the first place.

The temptation to view porn is very dangerous, but temptation happens and it is no secret that Christians are vulnerable to this as well. If you or someone you know is struggling with this temptation or full-blown addiction to porn, there is help. We are all here to support one another, and do not be afraid to seek council for your struggles from the Body of Christ.

A wonderful resource that everyone should know about is Covenant Eyes, an internet accountability and filtering service that helps to monitor your internet use and send reports to trusted friends and accountability partners to give you the power to resist temptation and overcome your sin.

Remember, there is no condemnation in Christ, He understands our temptation (1 Corinthians 10:13), but He also won victory over sin for us on the Cross, and in Him, we can defeat the demonic forces of pornography.