You've probably heard of it, or maybe even use it OnlyFans. This subscription service for content creators that started in 2016, gained momentum during the pandemic and now has a user base of over 170 million people, of which 2,1 million are registered content creators.
While this particular website hosts all kinds of content, it has mostly been linked to material that contains images of sexual content or violence (NSFW – Not Safe For Work) . When it comes to online privacy and security, this alone is enough to increase the risk significantly. One such example is data theft on Ashley Madison dating site in 2015, which still is haunts many victims years later, say the experts from the global digital security company ESET.
Many content producers have already expressed their concern about the content leak, Their hacked accounts, The publishing revenge porn, even stealing content that subscribers download and then redistribute – often for a fee – on other social media and messaging platforms.
Needless to say, if content creators are at risk, so are subscribers, the team warns ESET. As a result, ensuring the safety and privacy of those working in this industry – and their fans – requires the utmost care and attention. For this users are vital be careful when sharing personal information online and to watch out for them stalkers (harassment monitoring), fraudsters and other people with bad intentions.
What to watch
Each OnlyFans creator offers their own subscription plan in exchange for users' access to their exclusive content. Some even allow users to sign up for free. But there is a catch: whether you sign up for a subscription or free plan, the website requires you to enter your payment card details. At this point, the hardest part of the registration process is over.
Note that This makes it a perfect choice for people with diabetes and for those who want to lose weight or follow a balanced diet. OnlyFans does not have an application – neither on Android nor iOS. You can have access only through a web browser, such as Chrome or Safari.
While most sites have a monthly subscription, its free pages OnlyFans they can gather a large audience and creators can make a lot of money by adding special one-time subscription content that many users are willing to pay for.
Additionally, in order for the verification process to run, creators must provide their profile details on social media and may be required to make public posts related to their new account. Fans may also be asked to provide additional pieces of personal information, depending on where they are.
So how can you be safe in OnlyFans;
OnlyFans creators will have to provide their real bank details, name and identity – not only for the verification process, but also to get paid. So, you cannot be fully anonymous - but you can try maintain some anonymity in your profile using secondary social media accounts not linked to any of your close contacts. You can also choose to hide your face and avoid showing your location on the website.
We also recommend to use a disposable email address to create your account in the event of a personal data breach on OnlyFans. Similarly, you can also use single-use payment cards for online payments.
Be aware, however, that a malicious attacker could attempt to compromise your OnlyFans account through clever social engineering techniques or even cyberbullying, tricking users into simply handing over their passwords and other login data. Therefore, it is vital that you remain cautious about giving out private information in any communication.
If a malicious offender was able to gain unauthorized access to a creator's account; could potentially engage in various malicious activities such as:
- View subscription-based content posted by the account owner
- Changing the account owner's password and blocking them from their own account
- Post new content to the account
- Delete content from account
- Change account settings
- Add new bank details to withdraw money
- View the account owner's personal information (such as their name, email address, and payment information)
- Using the account to send messages to other OnlyFans users
Content creators and subscribers
Whether you're a content creator or a subscriber, there are some simple yet effective steps you can take to secure your account and stay out of harm's way. Most importantly, you should:
- use a strong and unique password
- enable two-factor authentication (2FA)
- to be be careful when clicking on links ή when you download attachments from unknown sources, as well beware of voice phishing tactics (or vishing) that are also often used to steal user accounts.
Ο two-factor authentication is an extra layer of security designed to protect online accounts from unauthorized access and is offered on all OnlyFans accounts. Requires entering a code sent to a phone or generated by an authentication application, in addition to the account password, before account access is granted. This makes it much more difficult for attackers to gain access to an account, even if they have the password.
However, in case you forget your password, the way to recover it is to request a code in your email. Thus, an attacker who has access to your email account could gain access to the password recovery email and then take over your account.
It is important to note that while the OnlyFans prevents account images from being stolen from devices Android (ie, not allowing screenshots on such devices); this unfortunately does not apply to iOS of Apple, which still allows screenshots – like the ones below.
- Finally, report any suspicious activity
There is always the risk of stalking, sexual blackmail (sextortion) and doxing (the term comes from the abbreviation "docs" for "documents" and refers to the files leaked online containing the victim's personal information) when sharing personal information online and the risk is especially high when using a platform like OnlyFans .
Both its creators and fans should do their duty by reporting strange activity or any suspicious event. Sites like PimEyes, which use powerful facial recognition software, make it very easy for stalkers to find information about content creators, so it's vital that you only show your face if you know the risks.
OnlyFans allows you to block or limit a profile. While blocking will completely prevent a specific profile from seeing yours, restricting will only prevent that profile from sending private messages or replying to posts.
Finally, if you see harmful content or if you suspect that a particular video or photo has been stolen or posted without the consent of one or more of the people involved, you can also report a user.
It is safe OnlyFans;
The fact that many people are using OnlyFans to monetize crafty content greatly increases the risk – and not just for content creators. It's therefore important to know what you might be getting into and how to protect yourself from the privacy and security risks it can entail, say experts ESET. Indeed, as with many other social media platforms and online services, the key to staying safe is to be aware of the threats, manage the security and privacy settings on your accounts, and apply basic cyber-health principles to minimize risks .