Before fighting everyone in the room to plug your smartphone into the communal charger: please don’t.
Or at least, beware.
Coffee shops, airports and almost every other kind of public meeting space have become regular safe havens whenever we’re desperate for that extra juice. But with the ubiquity of USB ports built into today’s phone chargers, this flow of “juice” isn’t just power anymore – it’s data. Important data.
All it takes is one easily disguised charging kiosk, or even a power strip, for hackers to hijack your charge, and once you’re juice-jacked, there’s little that can be done to stop it; from installing malware onto your device, to sucking out personal messages, photos and information – all for the simple cost of offering sweet-relief and a fully-powered phone.
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