What is Sextortion? Ways to Avoid It

Ruheni Mathenge  - Streaming Expert
Last updated: March 2, 2024
Read time: 19 minutes

Sextortion is a growing security threat in the current internet environment. This article explains what it is and how to fight it.


Sextortion is becoming a more frequent security threat in our internet environment. It’s damaging and often attacks minors, making it a grave issue for the victims. Fortunately, there is plenty that you can do to prevent falling prey to this problem if you are aware enough.

As social media keeps growing in popularity, as well as messaging apps and online dating websites and platforms, the exchange of sexually explicit material is not as rare as it once was. The ubiquitous webcams and phone cams make it easy for any user to create videos (or have them produced at their expense, secretly).

So, as the fertile ground for sextortion keeps expanding, every internet user must become aware of it. Awareness is the first preventive step in this and any other digital security issue.

This guide will explain to you what sextortion is and how it happens. We will also suggest measures to help the reader remain safe against sextortion attempts.

Sextortion: What is it? Who are its targets?

Sextortion: What is it? Who are its targets?