It’s that time of year of again. Everyone is traveling, waits are longer and stress is higher. From Boarding passes to our entertainment, it is all stored on our devices. Having a charge can be crucial but is public USB charging still safe?
“Juice-Jacking” from USB charging stations are the latest warning threat. The LA district attorney advisory states, “…they may infect the phones and other electronic devices of unsuspecting users,” it reads. “The malware may lock the device or export data and passwords directly to the scammer.”
Here’s the thing though, no one really knows of any known cases on the books except maybe, possibly on the east coast. So why the advisory? The spokesperson said it was part of “an ongoing fraud education campaign.” They go on to say they have seen proof-of-concepts but nothing active. It’s not a crazy concept though. Plug your phone in, boom infection and all your information stolen. .
There will always be new threats so what do you do? Carry your own charging cords. Don’t borrow from a stranger. (hackers can rig a cord). Use an AC power outlet not a USB charging station or have a portable charger. Have 2 Factor Authentication. As we always advise, your devices should be protected with the right software. Reach out to the link our bio to help find the right one for you.
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