Avoid Airport Charging

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!