You are running late for the airport, but thankfully traffic is light and you arrive in plenty of time to grab a cup of your favorite coffee and relax at the gate. Your phone’s battery is a little low, so you look around for one of those free, USB port charging stations to plug into as you wait for the flight to board.
All is well, but wait….is it? It appears that cyber thieves have struck again and now we all have to worry about something called juice jacking. No matter what kind of smart phone you have these days, they all can use a USB cable to charge the battery. These cables are also commonly used to transmit and receive data on phones as well.
Cell Phone Hacking Through the USB Cable - How Does Juice Jacking Happen?
Juice jacking was first reported around 2011 and normally occurs when a phone is plugged into a public, USB charging station. These devices are normally found in restaurants, airports, coffee shops and bus stations. Through the USB cable, cyber bad guys can steal your personal information, passwords, photos and contact lists. In addition, malware or malicious code can also be installed on your phone in this way. Often there are computers set up behind the walls of public charging ports that are specifically designed to capture your phone’s data.
How to Avoid Juice Jacking
It is not always easy to identify a safe, USB charging station outside of your home. Here are some great tips on how to avoid the risks of juice jacking.
Carry an Extra Battery
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