How to Ensure OnlyFans Privacy – An In-depth Guide

Ruheni Mathenge  - Streaming Expert
Last updated: March 2, 2024
Read time: 30 minutes

This detailed guide reviews OnlyFans privacy and safety status for both the content creators and the regular subscribers.


OnlyFans is a unique platform for earning money online that continuously grabs content creators’ attraction. Here, celebrities and other influencers can openly share content with their fans, who mostly pay to unlock it. While most of the content on OnlyFans is adult, influencers can also share family-friendly content with their fans. Nonetheless, signing up on such a controversial platform may raise serious cybersecurity and anonymity concerns for fans and content creators. This guide covers some useful tips and workarounds that you can follow to ensure privacy on OnlyFans.

You might have read or heard of OnlyFans already, maybe for not-so-good reasons (sometimes). But despite its somewhat grey reputation, the platform has gained attention, as visible from its digital presence. For instance, it attracted three times more Twitter followers from April to September 2020. Besides, OnlyFans is currently among the top 430 most-visited websites globally (according to Alexa rankings).

So, it is evident that people worldwide are jumping on the bandwagon to spend time and make money. But, if you’re concerned about online privacy, you might be curious to know OnlyFans’ privacy status.

So, this guide presents a detailed OnlyFans security inspection for better awareness.

What is OnlyFans?

OnlyFans is a digital content platform launched in November 2016, where celebrities or influencers can share private content with a base of followers (paying followers in most cases). So, a “fan” can see the free content that those influencers release or “unlock” it by paying a fee for a subscription for a given item or post.

Pornography seems to be OnlyFans’ bread and butter. Porn stars, amateur porn personalities, and webcam models flocked to the website to set up accounts and share NSFW material with any fan willing to pay for it. As a result, most of the content in OnlyFans is porn, making it famous.

Some celebrities or influencers also use the platform to spread complete information and family-friendly content. So, it’s not very different from a Facebook page for these celebrities, except that the content is better curated for their fans. However, most of the content you can find in OnlyFans is sexual by far.

Since we’re concerned about privacy anywhere on the internet, we decided to look at OnlyFans seriously and how it operates. Our team reviewed the security, safety, and privacy implications for paying users and OnlyFans content producers. And we found some pretty fishy stuff right from the beginning.

Ownership and OnlyFans – A checkered past

OnlyFans’ owner is Leonid Radvinsky, a Ukrainian-American porn businessman whose professional history includes lawsuits and allegations of theft and fraud. He also owns many other platforms similar to OnlyFans, with a heavy focus on porn.

Most of the lawsuits involving Mr. Radvinsky happened in the early 2000s, hinting at his interests and reputation even before OnlyFans became a thing. Some of those lawsuits ended up with very “generous” out-of-court settlements. Mr. Radvinsky has not had any legal problems lately that we could confirm.

Regarding OnlyFan’s security, the platform includes many features to protect content producers and fans. So it’s unfair to call the website “bad” only because the owner has a history with the law.

However, calling OnlyFans a “squeaky clean” platform is tough. Forensic News has an investigative piece about the history of OnlyFans, documenting some of the most recent problems with the platform, which indicates that OnlyFans is not as completely safe as users would probably like.

How OnlyFans works

It is imperative to understand how Onlyfans works, its dangers, and how you can stay safe before you dive into it. This platform enables content creators to publish photos and videos and monetize them through subscriptions from willing fans

The account owners set a subscription fee between $4.99 and $49.99, billed monthly or annually. Fans can then subscribe to their favorite models/content creators’ accounts to gain exclusive access to their published content.

Some OnlyFans accounts are free, but you must provide your credit card information to access them. Most public content creators use pay-per-view monetization, charging $5 for watching each private video.

Besides adult and NSFW content, the platform hosts other topics, like fashion, sports, travel, photography, finance, art, and fitness.

Who has access to OnlyFans?

OnlyFans is accessible to both content creators and subscribers. Currently, OnlyFans services are only available in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. It allows users to monetize their brand by selling various content, including videos and photos, to their followers.

The platform is available on multiple devices, including Android and iOS. You can access the service through the official mobile app or a web browser as long as you’re of legal age. However, access to specific content is only granted to those who have subscribed to a particular creator’s account.

OnlyFans and Data Breaches (security and privacy)

In early 2020, 1.6TB of OnlyFans data appeared on a cloud storage platform to become public. Ideally, OnlyFans should have expressed regret over the incident, as any other firm practicing business ethics and caring about users’ data safety would do.

However, OnlyFans merely issued a statement denying the breach altogether. Specifically, the company’s leadership stated that the “leaked” content surfaced online because some paying users stole it from behind a paywall and released it to the public.

Perhaps this is a pretty awful statement that shows the firm’s arrogance toward the users and ignorance towards security. Even considering that the data theft behind a paywall indicates the platform’s vulnerability to such breaches. It also hints at the underlying non-exclusivity of this platform’s “exclusive” content that may appear on the internet by alternative means.

OnlyFans safety claims

The current new account verification process for content creators in OnlyFans came online in May 2019. The innovation in the process required a “selfie” with the creator in question visibly holding the ID. However, a BBC research team found that underage users managed to pass this step in the process using somebody else’s ID. It suggests that the age verification policy is far from perfect.

In response, OnlyFans stated to BBC,

We constantly review our systems to ensure they are as robust as possible, to ensure that OnlyFans operates in line with all legislation and guidance. If we are alerted to any underage individual who has gained or tried to gain illegitimate access to the platform we will always take immediate steps to investigate and suspend the account.

However, cases of young users cheating the system continue to surface.

What personal data does OnlyFans collect?

According to the platform’s privacy policy, it collects data from both content creators and subscribers. However, it appears to collect more data from creators than from subscribers. Here are the data OnlyFans collects from its subscribers:

  • Profile name
  • Telephone number
  • Email address
  • Chat messages
  • Comments
  • Subscriptions
  • Avatars & Headers
  • Password
  • Payments
  • Wallet funds
  • Billing address
  • Payment card details
  • Customer support queries
  • Data usage 
  • Browser info
  • ISP
  • IP address
  • Failed payments.

Here is the data that the platform collects from creators.

  • Profile name
  • Full name
  • Signature on release forms
  • Selfie with ID
  • Social media handles
  • Government copy of ID
  • Telephone number
  • Email address
  • Country of residence
  • Residential address
  • Alias where applicable
  • Password
  • Corporate or business entity info
  • Payout country
  • Bank account info
  • Wallet funds
  • Billing address
  • Payment card details
  • Customer support queries
  • Chat messages
  • Comments
  • Posts
  • Referrals, Subscribers, and Subscription
  • Avatars and headers
  • Data usage, including cookies
  • Browser details
  • Device info
  • ISP
  • IP address
  • Earnings
  • Social Security Number (US creator)

Is OnlyFans safe for creators?

OnlyFans creators are at risk of a variety of security and privacy problems. Having their content shared publicly, even beyond a paywall, is the most obvious one, of course, but hardly the worst one.

Let’s start with the most apparent privacy risks. If the content you’re offering your “fans” includes pictures, videos, and other digital content featuring yourself, then staying anonymous is nearly impossible. Even in a world utterly obsessed with sex, the taboos that surround sex and sex-related work are still standing and remain very powerful. In this context, being a known OnlyFans content producer is a privacy risk.

Besides, content creators do not get the liberty to express themselves on this platform. OnlyFans can ban a creator’s account at any time or “de-platform” the user upon spotting anything that goes against its value. It can even suspend any account or refuse to pay even when the creator abides by all the rules. (The following section explains this matter in detail.)

Account hacking

With online platforms, there is always a risk that your account will be hacked, regardless of whether you’re a creator or a subscriber. In addition, content creators share a massive amount of private data on OnlyFans, making them active targets for hackers.

Cybercriminals may target OnlyFans users to gain access to sensitive data such as credit card information, explicit videos and photos, and other personal information. Stolen data can be used in unauthorized purchases, changes to account information, and identity theft.

To minimize this risk, content creators and subscribers should embrace online privacy and security measures to avoid being victims.

Stolen content

As OnlyFans allows users to view and share personal information and explicit content, this can leave individuals vulnerable to privacy breaches. The platform prohibits taking screenshots of other users’ content. However, some individuals bypass this restriction by taking photos of their PC screens using smartphones.

Once personal information is shared across online platforms, restricting access or deleting all traces of it becomes quite challenging. Therefore, there is a significant risk of privacy loss and potential harm to personal reputation.

To mitigate the risk, you should be mindful of what you share on the platform, including videos and pictures of yourself.


Harassment is another risk that users may face on OnlyFans. As with any online platform, other subscribers or creators can target users for harassment, which can lead to a negative experience and a violation of the platform’s policies.

OnlyFans has a policy against harassment; however, it may not prevent it from happening. To minimize this risk, individuals are encouraged to report harassment cases to OnlyFans, block or mute other users, and take steps to protect themselves. The platform also bans repeat offenders from accessing the service completely.

Users ought to understand that OnlyFans operates in a legal grey area. In particular, there are few legal protections for users in case of disputes, especially regarding issues related to adult content or revenge porn. This is because there are insufficient legalities surrounding this type of social media platform.

The lack of adequate clear-cut legal policies makes it difficult for users to seek recourse if they encounter any issues on the platform.

Can I make money on OnlyFans?

After posting your content, the next step is to follow up on your earnings and transfer them to your bank. Below are tips you can use to earn money with OnlyFans.

Set up your account

Provide the necessary information to create a bank account and wait for approval from the team. Follow the steps below to do it.

  1. Go to the OnlyFans website and click the “Sign Up” button.
  2. Enter your email address and create a unique password.
  3. Provide your personal information, including your first and last name, date of birth, address, city and postcode, and billing information.
  4. Create a profile by adding a bio and a profile picture. You can also customize adding links to your social media accounts, e.g., Twitter and Instagram.
  5. Choose a subscription price for your account. You can change this at any time.
  6. Provide OnlyFans with a photo of a valid ID (5MB to 6MB) as proof of age.
  7. If you wish to upload explicit content, select the option
  8. Send your account for approval, which takes about 48 hours.

Add your billing information 

Following these steps to add bank details to your OnlyFans account:

  1. Log in to your OnlyFans account.
  2. Go to the “Earnings section.
  3. Click on the “Withdraw” button.
  4. Select Add Payment Method
  5. Choose your preferred payment method, e.g., Direct Transfer, Original Credit Transfer, SWIFT/International Bank Transfer. 
  6. Enter your payment details, including your bank name, account number, routing number, and your name as it appears on the account.
  7. Click the “Add” button to save the details.
  8. Verify the bank account with a small deposit made by OnlyFans
  9. After verification, you can withdraw your earnings to the bank account.

Tips on making money on OnlyFans without showing your face?

Most persons prefer to remain anonymous on such a platform. However, some individuals may wish to experiment with OnlyFans without revealing their identity. For example, you can start off by posting pictures of your hands or feet. There is a large market demand for such type of content on OnlyFans.

You can also use a mask or blur your face to hide your identity. Also, creating animated or illustrated content that does not depict your face works perfectly. Creators have become highly creative. Some create custom content for subscribers, such as personalized videos and photos that do not reveal their faces. The whole idea of OnlyFans is to promote content creators.

Unfortunately, there is a widespread notion that OnlyFans only promotes explicit content, which is not the case. You can opt to stand out from the rest by posting unique content.

Payment freezing and de-platforming on OnlyFans

The other primary OnlyFans safety concern for content creators is de-platforming, a genuine risk that includes financial damage. Perhaps, MyFreeCams, another website owned by the same Mr. Radvinsky, better demonstrates what de-platforming means.

That’s because MyFreeCams is known among its models to silence anybody who takes a stance against the company. It will even refuse to pay its debts and ghost any unhappy content provider if it sees her as a rebellious element.

The investigative piece by Forensic News includes the testimonial of a former MyFreeCams model. After having had her share of terrible customer support, she persuaded her fans on the website not to spend any money there for a full day. She even gathered support from many other models. However, in response, MyFreeCams banned her account within minutes and froze payments without any clarification.

It clearly is a case of restricting freedom of expression, which also happens at OnlyFans.

For instance, a former OnlyFans creator known as “goddessmeagan1” told Forensic News that she faced an account ban in July 2020 for no apparent reason. Also, the company never liquidated a pending payment of 3300 USD.

“AlexissTaylorr,” another OnlyFans content provider, also experienced the same. But, she at least had an answer from the company, explaining that it had frozen the 3,000 USD payment and deleted her account because a customer issued a chargeback with their bank. However, she claims to have received no such warnings before losing her account and money into the OnlyFans digital limbo.

Indeed, this radical strategy for facing conflict from the company repels anyone from joining the platform as a creator.

Is OnlyFans anonymous for subscribers?

So the risk for a rebellious OF content creator can be as high as losing their living –or the income they get from the platform. Those are pretty high stakes, but consumers are not that safe either.

Creating an OnlyFans account comes with risks, even if you just browse around other people’s content. And you should be aware.

Anonymity and OnlyFans

OnlyFans is something of a taboo website. That’s because it mainly deals with monetized sex services, which are among the most long-lasting taboos known.

Therefore, having an OnlyFans account is a countercultural thing. Precisely, being affiliated with OnlyFans suffices to damage your reputation regardless of how carefully you use it. That is why many OnlyFans users are not eager to publicize their site use.

Also, the site’s content can be sensitive, so it needs the correct security levels to manage it.

Of course, remaining completely anonymous while being an OnlyFans content creator is nearly impossible for obvious reasons. But it’s equally difficult for users and consumers, too.

As a regular user, you remain vulnerable to a hack or a data breach. But, more importantly, any bit of personal data included in your account can be turned against you — a picture of your face, your name, your location. Likewise, those friendly chats with the other members of your sub-site or with the model could become public. As dishonorable and outrageous as that could seem, it’s the bread and butter of digital conflicts.

Moreover, your bank statements or internet browsing history can also let others know of your OnlyFans hobby. A damaged reputation is the least you can expect from your chats leaking or your bank statements giving the game away. But depending on your situation, it could also become a bonafide disaster with more severe consequences.

Frequent account hacking

Paying OnlyFans customers complaining about hacked accounts is neither new nor rare. Many Reddit threads are devoted to that exclusively.

This trend could have nothing to do with the site’s security practices. But the fact that it’s such a common occurrence proves it’s a real risk. Let’s not forget that we’re not talking about a simple social media platform. It’s a paid membership platform, meaning hacked accounts could lead to money losses.

If you absolutely must have your OnlyFans account, you can protect yourself from the site’s flawed security systems by adopting two simple measures. First, you pick a strong password. Second, enable two-factor authentication 2FA. These two simple things will give you a lot of advantages over prospective hackers, and we will explain how to secure your account in a minute.

Security measures to adopt as an OnlyFans “Fan”

The encryption technology and general security practices in OnlyFans are a mystery.

The website uses HTTPS protocols, which are generally deemed enough for general-purpose encryption. Still, it’s the minimum we could expect from any respectable website, so nobody gets extra points for that.

But besides HTTPS, which is evident from the URL, the company is unclear about what it does to protect its user base. However, they try to persuade the content creators and users about its safety.

Here is what OnlyFans assures users on both sides:

  • Privately shared content includes a watermark, and it’s immune from screenshots.
  • Blocking users by country or IP is possible. Thus, content creators can choose to have no visitors from their country of residence or block annoying users.
  • The information in every public profile can be edited.
  • You can have additional help in protecting your account’s privacy through the company’s customer support system. They can help you set up 2FA or cancel a payment if you lose your payment card.

Also, the provider has published numerous articles sharing tips and tricks with the users on how to stay private on OnlyFans.

How to use OnlyFans securely?

OnlyFans privacy

It’s a crucial question. Although, the platform has several security measures online to protect both users and content creators. But unfortunately, it also has a history of security breaches, lawsuits, and questionable ownership.

There is insufficient factual evidence to assure that OnlyFans is inherently a risky platform to join. However, you should never join any platform unless you know exactly what you’re doing and whether you can do that with OnlyFans because the administration is not transparent.

Fortunately, you can do plenty to protect your privacy as an OnlyFans “fan.”

1. Use an anonymous email address

If keeping anonymity is on your mind, start with an anonymous email account. Once you’ve got one, you can join OnlyFans anonymously and ensure you configure your user settings properly.

Ideally, this journey into the OnlyFans world starts at something like ProtonMail.

ProtonMail is a highly secure email service that encrypts everything you send and receive. Also, it won’t ask you for any personal information upon signing up. So, if a breach occurs, your identity remains safe.

While it is an outstanding email service overall, it’s perfect for privacy and anonymity, thus becoming particularly helpful with Onlyfans.

Of course, online anonymity needs a bit of common sense. If you choose your full name as your ProtonMail username, don’t blame the system for your choices. So do not use any personally identifiable information anywhere in ProtonMail or OnlyFans. It’s not paranoia if somebody’s out to get you.

2. Create your anonymous OnlyFans account

Now that you have your anonymous ProtonMail account, you can go ahead and join OnlyFans. This step is somewhat different for content creators and regular users. So, let’s follow both paths in detail.

Joining OnlyFans as a content provider

If you join OnlyFans as a content provider, you probably want to make a buck from your work. But, of course, that in itself precludes keeping a high degree of anonymity since you’ll need to provide a legal name and bank account details. You must also send your government-issued ID and a selfie of yourself holding that card or document.

It’s a legal requirement that OnlyFans must meet to pay you legally. You can’t help it, and neither can they. So you need to come to terms with this simple fact: if you’re going to make any money from OnlyFans, then the platform will always know who you are, where you live, and other vital information.

But that applies to the company only; your public profile is yours to fill up, and you can make it anonymous.

If you sign up with Twiter, you’ll have to grant OnlyFans the following privileges over your account:

  • See the tweets from your timeline (including protected ones). Your lists and collections, too.
  • See your Twitter profile information and your account settings.
  • Update your profile and account settings.
  • See others’ accounts that you follow, mute, and block.
  • Follow or unfollow other accounts in your stead.
  • Post and delete Tweets for you, and engage in Tweets posted by others (replying, retweeting, liking, or unliking).
  • Create, delete, and manage lists and collections in your stead.
  • Mute, report, and block accounts for you.
  • See your email address.

We can’t understand why OF could need so many permissions over a creator’s Twitter account. You’re almost giving up your whole Twitter experience to OnlyFans.

Fortunately, there are other ways to join. So, if you want to keep your ownership over your Twitter account, don’t use it to enter OnlyFans.

Sign up for regular users

As a regular paying “fan” or customer, your ProtonMail account will suffice to protect your anonymity from other users. However, you can’t see much of the site’s content before providing it with a credit card.

Specifically, OnlyFans has Stripe as a third-party payment processor. So, while you can remain anonymous from other OnlyFans users, OnlyFans and its commercial partners (like Stripe) will know who you are through your payment details.

Also, set up your login credentials creatively as a creator or user. First, pick a username that can’t be traced back to your fine self. Then, develop a throwaway login identity that includes nothing personal about you (such as birthday numbers or names).

In addition, a strong password is vital whenever you join any website for the first time. You can also use our password generator tool to get a solid password. Besides, a good password manager can help you with the password.

3. Set up two-factor authentication

So now that you have an OnlyFans account, you will surely prefer to make it as safe as possible. Whatever kind of user you are, make sure you’re using two-factor authentication. Here’s how you go about that:

  1. Log into your OnlyFans account and go to Settings.
  2. Choose Account and then click Two-Step Verification.
  3. Set up your two-factor options by connecting through your authenticator app or SMS.

Activating two-step verification requires a phone number, a Microsoft account, or a Google account. So, there is a trade-off. Increasing your security within the website means giving up some of your privacy. So, while you will have 2FA and its security advantages, you’ll have to provide some personally identifiable data, which could even be your mobile number.

Of course, you can go further than the average in protecting your privacy. You can buy a prepaid SIM card to use as a throwaway mobile number reserved for this kind of task exclusively. Then, you can use that number to get a fake Google or Microsoft account. And then you’re all safe in this regard. But don’t forget that you’ll have to give up your payment card data at some point.

4. Manage your other privacy settings

If you are a creator, you can remain private by taking some additional steps:

  • Keep your active status hidden.
  • Don’t show your tips sum.
  • Make your friends list confidential.
  • Hide your media count unless it gives you a competitive edge that you care about thoroughly.

5. Choose carefully the things you post

If you’re on OnlyFans to provide content, you’ll probably post plenty of pictures and videos featuring your fine self. And there’s no reason you lose your anonymity because of that. You need to be careful about the multimedia you’re offering your fans. Consider the following policies to protect your anonymity:

  1. If your identity must remain private, ensure that your face is not on display in any of the pictures or videos, you post.
  2. Mind the background in your photographs. Identifiable landscapes, road signs, and skyscrapers can give your location up.
  3. Use filters and make-up on your face if you’re going to show it. Alter the way you would look in real life.

Those three measures could seem a little too basic for your taste. But the fact is, you can’t do much to protect your identity.

6. Use a VPN

Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) are internet services that tunnel your internet traffic through a server within that network. In doing so, the VPN encrypts your incoming and outgoing traffic and spoofs your IP address. As a result, the sites you reach can’t see the address your ISP assigned to you. It means that people can’t tell your location.

Considering OnlyFans’ checkered history regarding data and security breaches, using the platform through a VPN is wise. Of course, you can’t predict a new breach to happen at a particular time, but you should expect it to happen sooner or later. And it could compromise any personal information you provide to the website.

Therefore, use the best privacy VPNs to accompany your OnlyFans subscriptions. 

While some decent free VPNs are out there, they are very few and far between. Moreover, most of them have limited performance and bandwidth, so they’re not the best choice when you aim to acquire multimedia material.

But the worst problem with many free VPNs is their conflict of interest regarding privacy. Often, free VPNs collect their users’ histories and sell them to third parties to make money. So, using a free VPN to remain private as an OnlyFans “fan” is just transferring your privacy problem to a different place, making it much worse.

The cruel truth about VPNs is that if you want one that will help you stay safer and more anonymous online, you must pay for it. However, a good VPN will give you plenty of value for your money. For instance, you can have high connection speeds, increased security features, numerous servers, and many other features that will help your digital life in several ways.

NordVPN: The best OnlyFans VPN


NordVPN is a modern VPN with top-tier security and privacy features. It has applications for all major operating systems and devices, including Windows, Android, MacOS, Linux, Routers, Smart TVs, and gaming consoles.

The VPN will help you unblock Onlyfans if you live in a country where it is banned. NordVPN has premium features for bypassing censorships and geo-restrictions virtually anywhere worldwide. 

It does not store user data and uses RAM-only servers, ensuring that any stored data is completely wiped out with each session. If you want additional privacy, you can use its Double VPN feature, which gives you two layers of privacy without compromising speed.

The VPN has competitive prices, with longer plans being more affordable. This price gives you value for money, and you can use one account to protect up to six devices simultaneously.

Set up anonymous usernames and strong passwords

In the age of oversharing, it is important to be cautious of what you avail to the public. To remain anonymous on OnlyFans, use a nickname or pseudonym instead of your real name. This will ensure that your login information cannot be traced back to you. Ensure that you create a strong and unique password. When creating a password, use at least 12 characters long and include a combination of upper and lower case letters, special characters, and numbers. Also, you should avoid using information such as your name or birthdate, as this is easily guessable by third parties.

Best Internet security tools for OnlyFans in 2024

Some of the best internet security tools for OnlyFans in 2024 include:

A Virtual Private Network (VPN)

A VPN is paramount when using OnlyFans. The service encrypts your internet connection and hides your IP address from authorities, ISPs, and other third parties. 

There are various factors you should consider when choosing a reliable VPN:

  • Encryption: Look for a VPN that has strong encryption, such as AES-256-bit encryption, to protect your internet connection and private data.
  • No-log policy: A good VPN should have a strict no-log policy to ensure that no record of your online activity is retained in their database.
  • Kill switch: The feature ensures that your OnlyFans activity remains private and secure if your VPN connection is lost.
  • Speed: For a better experience, pick a VPN that delivers quick connection times.
  • Server networks: A VPN with several different server locations will provide you with more possibilities for getting around geo-restrictions and more options for quicker internet.
  • Compatibility: Check the VPN provider’s support for the various hardware and operating systems that meet your requirements to ensure compatibility.
  • Customer support: If you wish to keep in touch with the support team, look for a VPN company that provides 24/7 help. 
  • Jurisdiction: Consider the provider’s jurisdiction, as some countries have stricter privacy laws and regulations than others.
  • Price: Consider the cost of the VPN service per your budget.
  • Reputation: Check online for user reviews of the VPN provider to affirm that they have a good track record of protecting users’ privacy.

Check out our top 5 most secure VPNs in 2024 to protect your online privacy.

Antivirus program

Antivirus software helps protect your device from malware and other malicious software, including viruses, trojans, and spyware. Factors to remember when looking for antivirus software updates: The antivirus program of your choice should offer regular updates to ensure up-to-date security features.

  • Real-time protection: always consider an antivirus program that offers real-time protection against malware and ads.
  • Web protection: Consider selecting a program that protects you against phishing scams and harmful websites to safeguard your online privacy.
  • Email Protection: Some antivirus programs allow you to scan emails for malicious files and links. Such programs should be a priority.
  • Support for multiple devices: A program that runs on different devices is preferable if you want to install it on your PC, Tablet, or phone.
  • Parental controls: This feature allows you to limit what content or websites your device accesses. It’s quite a reliable feature, especially if your children use the device to access the internet.
  • Firewall: With this feature, you can filter unauthorized access to your devices, thus protecting your privacy and security.
  • Webcam protection: Some cybercriminals use your device to infiltrate your privacy. However, with this protection feature, you’re assured that wrongdoers won’t gain access to your private data.

Here’s a compilation of the best antivirus software for top-notch protection on OnlyFans.

Password manager

Password managers do not only store your passwords but also offer encryption to prevent data leaks. If you’re looking to use a password manager, consider these top features:

  • Multi-device support: The password manager of your choice should support different platforms, including browsers, Windows, iOS, Android, macOS, etc.
  • Security: This is important when deciding on the manager, as a bad security track record means your data could be at risk.
  • Auto-login and password filling: A reliable manager should allow you to autofill your information into apps and websites.
  • 2FA: A two-factor authentication is an extra security layer for your passwords. It ensures that a code is sent to your device for confirmation before a successful login.
  • Password generation: This feature comes in handy to generate different websites and apps passwords. It helps you create strong and hard-to-guess passwords.
  • Offline or online-based managers: Unlike online-based managers, offline ones don’t store your passwords on a server. However, as opposed to online ones, you can’t remotely retrieve your PIN or password. 

Here’s a list of the best password managers for 2024 and their strengths and weaknesses.

OnlyFans payments privacy and safety

We’ve already explained how billing information is essential in OnlyFans. So, there’s no way to remain completely anonymous if you join and want to get some of the private content on offer.

But allowing OnlyFans to know your identity and payment card details is not everything you need to consider. It’s also important to know if the money exchanged between you and the website always remains secure.

OnlyFans doesn’t manage its financial operations in-house. Instead, it has a third-party payment method called Stripe. It means the off-staff remains ignorant about your payment details as regular users. It is a good thing as it somehow reassures you about the safety of the payment process.

However, what happens if you’re on the other side as a content creator? If that’s your case, OnlyFans knows your precise details because you will collect your profits either by credit card or by providing your bank account details.

Credit card payments

Credit or debit cards are the only means to pay for OnlyFans memberships. There is no way to pay using cryptocurrencies or anything else. Thus, anything you purchase from the OnlyFans network is a clearly-mentioned “” entry on your bank statement. So, if you want to keep your OnlyFans activities away from any paper trail, you’re out of luck. Perhaps the only way to achieve that goal is not to have any at all.

Of course, nobody will force you to pay for a subscription. Many website content creators offer free content you can enjoy by following them anonymously. It doesn’t require you to provide payment details, and no charges reach your statement. virtual credit card and OnlyFans

The virtual credit card gives you the option to pay for your OnlyFans subscriptions securely and anonymously. In addition, using this option will keep that “” charge away from your standard bank statement.

The privacy card has all the physical, standard credit card features. In addition, you can use it to purchase whatever you want on any website that accepts credit cards. But it has two main advantages over the plastic you carry in your wallet: it’s a one-time payment solution. It won’t give away any of your information to OnlyFans or its third-party payments processor.

You can think about the Privacy credit card as a buffer between your credit card and the rest of the world. Each card you generate at will mediate the charge you want to pay. As a result, when you complete an online transaction, your bank will never know what you’re paying for. Instead, it will just know that is charging you.

So yes, this is a workaround to keep away from your paperwork. It’s 100% secure. And it’s as anonymous as you will ever get when making credit card payments at OnlyFans or elsewhere.

OnlyFans privacy review: Our verdict

Until now, you surely have realized that privacy issues in OnlyFans concern three parties: the OnlyFans corporation, its payment processor, and the other OnlyFans users.

Keeping your anonymity and privacy safe from other users is straightforward. All you need to do is choose a login name that doesn’t reveal anything about you and avoid including personal information in your public profile. Also, consider using a secure email service, like ProtonMail or Tutanota, to get the email address to join OnlyFans.

Then there’s the creator side of things. If you want OnlyFans to pay you for the business you bring to the platform, you must give away your identity. The legal requirements the company has to comply with to deliver you compel OnlyFans to know your full legal name and relevant banking details.

Then there’s your privacy relative to other OnlyFans users. In this case, common sense will go a long way, just as it did for regular users.

Last but not least is the issue of payment for regular users. Let’s face it: OnlyFans is a pretty dull website unless you pay for at least one subscription with your credit card. Fortunately, using the virtual card option is a good privacy alternative to hide your OnlyFans transactions from your bank.

Additionally, using a quality VPN is almost inevitable to maintain OnlyFan’s privacy and anonymity.

But still, keeping your OnlyFans activities 100% private is utterly impossible, particularly if you sign up as a content creator.

Fortunately, if you’re a content consumer, you can adopt several strategies to come close to being anonymous. But you have to face the task with discipline every step. It can be laborious and a bit annoying.


OnlyFans is generally safe to use, but as with any online platform, there are various risks to be aware of, such as hacking, stolen content, scams, and harassment. Therefore, staying cautious is advisable to protect your security and privacy.

Absolutely. The platform uses a 3D-secure payment protocol to protect your online transactions. It’s recommended to use a VPN to encrypt your connection.

If your OnlyFans content is leaked, you should block the user and contact the OnlyFans support team immediately. Take screenshots of the leaked content and provide as much detail as possible about the leak. Also, use a watermark when uploading videos and photos.

OnlyFans itself does not contain malware. However, there is a risk of malware being present on individual accounts or in the form of phishing scams.

To start an OnlyFans account, visit the OnlyFans website and click the “Sign Up” button, then fill out the registration details with your email address, username, and password. After completing the registration process, you will receive an email with a confirmation link. Click the sent link to verify your email address and activate your account.

Yes, you can be scammed on OnlyFans. However, to minimize this risk, ensure you only interact with verified accounts and be wary of unsolicited offers or requests for private data.

OnlyFans collects information such as your name, email address, payment information, IP address, social security number, passport number, or driver’s license number. They also collect information about your activity on the platform, such as the content you view and the accounts you interact with.

OnlyFans has a strict no-refund policy, which means that subscription fees are non-refundable.

OnlyFans allows you to use a pseudonym or nickname for your username. However, you must still provide your real name and other personal information to register and make payments, especially if you’re a content creator.

The amount of content a creator can make on OnlyFans varies depending on the number of subscribers, content type, and subscription price. Some creators can earn thousands of dollars monthly, while others may earn less.

OnlyFans will keep your information for a certain period of time, mostly six months. However, some types of personal data, such as financial information, may be retained for longer periods per their data retention policy.

The time taken for payments to reflect in your bank account vary depending on your payment method and the bank’s processing time. Typically, payments made through PayPal will reflect in your account within 24 hours, while payments made through direct deposit may take about three to five days to clear.

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