Online Adult Games: How Safe?

Here’s how safe online adult games are:

If you come across a legitimate online adult game, then it is perfectly safe.

It’s like any other online game.

However, there are a lot of scams, fake games, malware sites, and other problematic things on the internet that pretend to be online games, and spotting them is not always easy.

So if you want to learn all about how to spot safe from unsafe online adult games, then this article is for you.

Let’s get right to it!

Online Adult Games: How Safe? (Everything to Know)

What Are Online Adult Games?

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It’s exactly what it sounds like.

First off, these are online games.

That means that you can find them on the internet.

You may play them on your web browser, or you may download them and play them as an app.

Either way, they are games, which means they should have fun and engaging elements.

But, there is a second component.

We’re talking about adult games, which means they are built around concepts of mature content.

In many cases, they might include nudity or pornographic elements.

They’re still games, but sex is a strong theme among them.

These games very much exist across the internet, so today, I’m going to talk about how safe such games are.

The one thing I won’t be doing is making any game recommendations.

Because of the nature of the topic, I don’t want to accidentally recommend adult content to younger readers. 

When it comes to finding games, you’re on your own.

But when you do find a game, you can use the advice below to try to screen it for safety.

How Safe Are Online Adult Games? (5 Dangers)

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So, how safe are these games?

It depends on the game.

There are more games on the internet than I can count that are fully legitimate, potentially fun to play, and adult in the content.

You can find real games.

But, there are even more scams, malware sites, and other dangers than there are real games.

And, it’s not always easy to spot which one you are dealing with.

So instead of asking how safe the games are in general, I think it’s better to look at specific dangers, how to spot them, and how to avoid them.

#1 Malware

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One of the chief concerns with online adult games is the propensity for malware.

You never really know at a glance if a game is going to include malware or not, and downloading viruses, keyloggers, or any other bad software is never a good time.

I’ll talk about how to identify safe games later, but in terms of malware, there are a couple of things to keep in mind.

If you don’t have to download anything to play the game, it makes it a lot harder for the game to hit you with malware.

In other words, games that play in your web browser are a little bit safer—specifically when it comes to malware.

It does mean that you need an active internet connection to play such games, but it’s a nice little safety net.

Keep in mind that it is still possible to download malware from a browser-based game, but in order to install malware on your device, you have to give the download permission to take place.

It’s easy enough to decline all downloads when you play a browser-based game.

If you’re installing the adult game on your device, you have to download software, and it’s a lot easier to accidentally install malware in the process.

It’s a simple safety tip.

#2 Scams

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Scams are another issue, and it’s a legitimate concern.

A lot of adult games charge you money for you to play them.

That’s not an insane concept as a lot of games charge money.

In theory, professional game developers make this stuff, and they need a revenue stream to make the whole business model work.

That’s not the problem.

The problem is that a lot of so-called adult games promise one thing and deliver another. In other words, they are scams.

There are a few common scam techniques that you can look out for.

These tips won’t protect you from all scams, but it’s a good place to start.

First, be wary of free trials.

There are games that are completely free to play with optional purchases (more on that later).

That model is fine.

There are also games that require you to pay to install them, or they might have a subscription service that you have to pay for in order to play.

If the pricing is upfront and transparent, then that’s still ok.

The big red flag is when a game promises a free trial but still asks for a credit card.

You can pretty much assume that they’re going to charge you, and they’re probably going to do so in a way that contradicts what you read. 

Similarly, if the game says it’s free to play, but you still have to put in a credit card to play, then you can assume it’s a scam.

Games with optional purchases won’t ask for a credit card until and unless you decide to make a purchase.

Another common scam is bait and switch pricing.

If you read one price but see a different charge on your card, it’s time to report the scam and cancel that card.

You can assume that more fraudulent charges are coming.

The last scam is not unique to adult games, but you’ll see it in this genre too.

This scam involves promising you that you can earn real money from playing the game.

You know the saying. It sounds too good to be true, and it is.

Never trust promises of free money.

#3 Theft

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You might consider theft and scams to be the same thing, but I’m going to make a quick distinction.

Sometimes, they’re just trying to steal your credit card information.

When this happens, they never charge your card.

By all means, they ask you for the card information so that you can “play the game.”

Then, you’ll see very different charges on your card because they just plain stole the card information.

This distinction matters because, in the case of outright theft, they’re not directly taking money from your card.

Instead, they’re using your card to buy things.

From your perspective, this might not matter, but when it comes to tracking and stopping this kind of illegal activity, the differences between scams and theft matter a lot.

#4 Data Protection

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So far, we’ve talked a lot about money and malware, but data is another issue.

Maybe the game isn’t a scam.

Maybe it’s even fun to play, and all of the pricing and transactions are above board.

There’s still a concern with data.

The game might require you to sign in with personal information, like your name, address, email, or other credentials.

Once you provide that information, the game might sell your information.

It’s possible that they sell your information on the black market, but if the rest of the game is above board, then it’s more likely that they are just selling your information to marketers.

This can be more annoying than dangerous, and it’s also easy to spot.

A legitimate game will have a data policy.

You can actually read it (it’s a pain, I know).

If a legitimate company is selling your data, then they will say so in the data policy.

They might use vague language, but more or less, they’ll say that they have the right to share your data however they please.

#5 Privacy

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Lastly is the issue of privacy.

This idea does intersect with data protection, but it’s not exactly the same concept.

When it comes to privacy, you want to know how your name is attached to the game, and since we’re talking about adult games, discretion might be a little more important than usual.

What names show up on the credit card statements?

Do you have to put your real name in your game account anywhere?

Can other people see what you’re doing?

Once again, legitimate companies will have clear policies regarding these kinds of things, and you can read them on the website.

If you can’t find a clear privacy policy, you can assume that the game is not safe.

How Do You Identify Safe or Unsafe Online Adult Games? (5 Red Flags)

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So far, I’ve talked to you about specific concerns and how to address them.

But, that doesn’t exactly help you find legitimate games.

For that, we can take a different approach.

Finding online adult games is easy.

Discerning when they are or are not legitimate is harder.

To help with that, I’m going to show you some things you can check and some common red flags to help you separate the real games from the dangerous corners of the internet.

#1 Payment Policy

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The easiest way to avoid theft and scams is to not provide credit card information to the game.

I mentioned this before, but there are plenty of adult games that are entirely free to play.

They have optional purchases, but you never have to spend money to play the game.

The safest way to approach adult games is to stick to this model.

Granted, it will prevent you from playing a wide range of legitimate games that are not free to play, but the safety is pretty simple. 

It’s basically an abstinence approach to online spending.

If you never give them financial information, it’s basically impossible for them to steal that information (identity theft is an exception that will come up later).

It’s pretty easy, right?

#2 Signing Up

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Virtually every game will require you to make an account in order to play.

Especially if the game is capable of saving your progress, the game needs a way to match your progress to you.

It’s game design 101.

So, legitimate games really are going to ask for some information so that you can sign up.

But, you can practice the same “abstinence” approach to sign-up sheets as you do to credit cards.

Don’t tell the game anything that could be used against you.

There are plenty of free games that do not require personal information.

You simply need to pick a username and provide an email address.

You can create a unique email address just for adult games, and that means there is no risk to using it.

I mentioned identity theft briefly before, but now is a good time to go a little deeper.

Identity theft is more or less the art of getting financial information from indirect sources.

A good identity thief can use your name and an email address to try to gain access to accounts that have more important bits of data.

Through a process, they can steal your identity, even though you never gave them the key pieces of information.

It’s hard to stop.

But, they do need at least something to work with.

If all they have is a username and an email address that aren’t attached to anything with your name or personal information, then they can’t steal your identity. 

To summarize, the safest practice is to only play games that allow you to stay anonymous.

If you have to put in your real name or other real information, there is a risk of identity theft.

#3 Redirected Websites

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This is a completely different topic, but it matters.

If you Google “adult games,” you’ll get a nice long list of options.

The games have names, and you can click on the Google links.

If you do that, then it should take you to a page to either play or download the game.

Here’s the trick that matters.

The website where the game is actually hosted should match what you saw on Google.

If it doesn’t, then you have been redirected.

That isn’t always a problem, but it is a red flag.

Redirects like this are designed to mask a website’s true name or destination, and they’re often used to trick users.

You think you’re installing a game, but you’re really about to download some nasty malware.

Always double-check that the web address you see matches your expectations.

If the game is called “Fun Beach Party” (or whatever), then you probably shouldn’t end up on a website that says “stealyourcreditcard.com.”

Naturally, the real redirects won’t use such obvious names, but you get the idea.

Things should match.

#4 Business Credentials

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The most important line of defense, and the most reliable way to check on a game, is to look up the business credentials.

Legitimate games are made by companies, and you can find the company name somewhere within the game or on the game’s website.

That’s normal.

So, look up the company.

Find their business license. See where they’re registered.

It’s as easy as Googling “[business name] business license.”

If the paperwork checks out, then that’s a good thing.

You’re dealing with a real company, and if anything ends up wrong, then you can trace things back to the company and send the authorities in the right direction.

If you can’t find a license—or if the business is conspicuously registered in a non-extradition country—then you can consider that a red flag.

Skip that game and try something else.

#5 Gameplay

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This is the last test.

Real games are in fact games.

There are things for you to do.

You can play.

If you try a game and it’s really clunky, you’re not sure what to do, and there are no real interactions, then you’re not playing a game.

You’re very likely interacting with a scam.

Especially if you get a free trial, a real game will explain itself, and you’ll be able to get at least an idea of what it feels like to play. 

It’s a very simple test.

If what you’re doing doesn’t actually feel like a game, then that alone is suspect, and you should walk away.