The 12 Ways to Avoid Malware While Streaming Videos Online

Jorge Felix  - Cybersecurity Expert
Last updated: November 7, 2023
Read time: 20 minutes

Free video streaming websites pose various security, privacy, and anonymity threats for unsuspecting users. Staying safe requires awareness and the adoption of a few prudential measures. This article explains it all.


Video streaming services and websites have revolutionized how we watch audiovisual content, similar to how mp3 files changed music forever. However, some security risks are associated with video streams, mainly from accessible and illegal sources. Join us as we explain all the risks and how to neutralize them.

The internet became a mainstream tool in the 90s. Since then, it’s disrupted many global industries introducing new possibilities for doing old things. For example, email was the internet’s first killer app, thus removing much friction and costs from worldwide communications.

Since then, the internet has kept evolving and moving forward. Today it’s available on every mobile device in the market at high speeds that were impossible only a few years ago. As a result, more and more activities have been affected by the internet’s evolution.

That brings us to entertainment.

Commercial internet speeds kept increasing, so they became suitable for high-definition video streams. Thus, it became unavoidable that the film and TV industries would have to find ways to accommodate the demand for their product through the internet.

And then, the Covid-19 global pandemic came to the world. As people all over the planet found themselves locked at home, the demand for internet video exploded. If the online video streaming industry was in the making, the pandemic gave it steroids. 

Some estimations put at six out of every ten the number of users in the younger demographic whose main internet activity is streaming movies and TV shows. It’s a global trend, and it’s easy to understand. In many cases, watching films and TV shows on your tablet, phone, or computer is convenient, easy, and free of charge.

And convenience is the game’s name in many of the new relative ways of doing old things the internet has given us. Unfortunately, however, convenience comes at a price. More often than not, convenience and security conflict with each other, and you cannot have much of both at the same time, unfortunately. Video streaming is no exception to this, especially when it comes to free video websites and apps.