Note: This content was originally written by Titimowse ("The Professor") and published on the old Cozyacademy.com over 10 years ago, a site that is no longer live and, as a result, the great wealth of knowledge it provides for the adult webmasters community was nearly lost. I recovered this article from an old archive and no part of this work belongs to me. I republished it here for the benefit of the adult community.
The Internet may be a virtual environment but it poses as many dangers as any public one. With viruses, worms, identity theft and spam prevalent on the net, surfers and site owners alike have a lot to fear from unscrupulous types.
Not only should you protect others from hacking into your adult site or servers; you need to protect yourself from complaints and litigation by your surfers. Whether you know it or not, you are probably downloading things to your visitor’s computers. If you use a site counter service or fly a sponsor banner on your page, you are in fact assisting in putting cookies on a viewer’s machine. If you have a newsletter that you send to subscribers, you are entrusted to inform them of what you’re going to do with that database of addresses. If you plan to share those email addresses with another website for the purposes of traffic trading, you need to know what they will do with the information you give or sell to them. Your surfers should be informed of your privacy policies not because it’s a good idea but because informing them protects you.