Avoid Airport Charging
June 4, 2019
Next time your phone is dying at the airport, skip those handy public USB charging stations. While convenient, these stations are also easy targets for stealing data. A USB port is designed to exchange voltage to charge your phone but also has the capability to exchange data. With a simple modification, hackers can install malware on your phone which will forward your data to them or suck data out as soon as you plug in. Protect yourself by using a box and wall adapter or investing in a smart box such as the Juice-Jack Defender which only allows voltage to pass through the cable. Bonus tip: that USB stick you find on the floor — it might be full of malware. Don’t plug it in!