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Xilften ("Netflix" instead) is a pirated streaming site that offers TV shows and movies online, without downloading or registering. The service catalog, considered illegal in Brazil, includes titles that are still in theaters and original Netflix productions such as the Elite series and Stranger Things.

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Services that offer pirated content to watch free online are not new in Brazil. In 2015, a Federal Police operation toppled a number of illegal streaming sites, including Mega Movies HD, considered one of the largest of its kind. At the time, the portal had a collection of 150,000 films, documentaries, TV series and shows.

Xilften Pirate streaming service offering exclusive Netflix content Photo: Playback / XilftenXilften Pirate streaming service offering exclusive Netflix content Photo: Playback / Xilften

Xilften Pirate streaming service offering exclusive Netflix content Photo: Playback / Xilften

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With similar interface of Netflix, Xilften drew the attention of Brazilians by the vast catalog. The materials offered on the service, however, are made available without the permission of the authors, which constitutes a crime of copyright infringement. According to Article 184 of the Penal Code, the practice may be punished with a fine or imprisonment from three months to one year.

Attracted by the possibility of watching series and free movies, many users turn to Xilften. However, it is noteworthy that, as the service offers illegal content, copyright law (9,610 / 88) provides that the site should be taken down at any time.

Available from two distinct addresses, Xilften differs from its predecessors by presenting fewer advertisements. While there are no visible banners spread across the site, the pirated streaming portal displays pop-up ads after a few clicks and whenever a video is open.

In tests done by TechTudo While browsing Xilften, none of the ad windows led to the automatic download of malicious executable (.exe) files or enabled the browser virus alert. Still, I need to be careful about pop-up ads, as they can redirect the user to pages that hide phishing scams.

Another point about Xilften is that it creates insecurity in the total absence of terms of use or privacy policies. Without this information we cannot know, for example, what types of cookies the site collects. These small files are stored in the browser and contain information that serves to identify the visitor, from search terms and form-filled terms to more sensitive data such as geo-location. Since Xilften does not have any kind of privacy policy, it is assumed that Xilften can even track users' activities on other websites.

To ensure mobile safety, download only official apps from Google Play Store Photo: Reproduo / Rodrigo FernandesTo ensure mobile safety, download only official apps from Google Play Store Photo: Reproduo / Rodrigo Fernandes

To ensure mobile safety, download only official apps from Google Play Store Photo: Reproduo / Rodrigo Fernandes

Xilften also offers an app for Android phones. The app, however, does not appear in the Play Store and is only available from an APK file, which poses a security risk. This is because when a user allows unofficial apps to be installed, they expose the device to a number of external threats, as alternative programs do not go through the verification process done by the official Google store. It is possible, for example, that the software has been modified without the developer knowing to intercept data and infect the device with viruses.

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