As the need to keep our mobile devices charged more and more public USB charging stations are popping up all over the place. Cyber Criminals are taking advantage of these convenient amenities and using them to install malware or copy sensitive data from smart phones, tablets or other mobile devices. This type of cyber attack is called Juice Jacking.
Juice jacking is a type of cyber attack involving a charging port that doubles as a data connection, typically over USB. This often involves either installing malware or surreptitiously copying sensitive data from a smart phone, tablet, or other computer device.
Ways to protect yourself
- Keep your phone charged. There are several things that you can do to extend the life of the battery like turning down the brightness of the screen and turning off Wi-Fi when not connected to a reliable wi-fi source
- Use a power outlet instead. This will ensure that only power is sent to the device.
- Carry a spare battery. These devices are cost effective and allow multiple charges to devices off a single charge to the spare battery. Most are small and convenient to carry
- If you must use the outlet, turn off the device completely. This will ensure that walware cannot be installed on the device reducing the chance your data will be stolen.
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