Avoid Using A Public USB Charging Station

November 18, 2019

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Nothing gives you a sense of relief than to see a place to charge your phone.  But beware of charging your device using a public USB port as it could cause you a world of problems. The issue is that public USB ports can potentially be hacked so that they install data-stealing malware onto your phone while you charge up. Called “juice-jacking,” the hack could result in scammers getting access to your passwords, personal information and more. A better option is always to simply plug your phone or tablet into an AC outlet instead. And if you are planning on traveling through airports, consider purchasing a small power surge protector too.  That way you can better negotiate with someone who is using an AC outlet so that you both can access power.  However if you are desperate to charge your phone and a public USB port is the only option, make sure you’re not agreeing to give the port access to data on your device. Depending on your device, you might see a pop up when you connect asking if you trust the device.

SOURCE: Lifehacker

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