Risk Management

Protect yourself Against Juice Jacking at Public Phone Charging Stations

In a world that is increasingly equating phone battery juice with the availability of oxygen, one cannot simply face the prospect of a phone running out of battery with anything other than a little trepidation – especially when we are out and about.

Of course, it is easy to see why the phone of today is much more than just a device we make calls on. These days, we use our phones for virtually everything, ranging from online banking to playing games and so much more. Given our huge dependence on mobile devices, public charging stations can be considered to be the ultimate lifesavers. However, with the advent of juice jacking, Eugene Bekker prescribes some caution in his article published in Business 2 Community.

So, what is juice jacking?

Juice Jacking refers to the phenomenon where fraudsters provide public charging points or kiosks designed to steal phone data and even install malware. This is done by the seemingly harmless USB attachments which are designed to transfer power, and significantly also in this case – transfer data.

Video Jacking

Video jacking is a variation on the theme of juice jacking where fraudsters substitute an HDMI connection for a USB connector. In this instance, the HDMI connection mirrors your phone screen onto another device where sensitive data, including passwords, login credentials, financial information and everything else you do on your phone is captured.

Protect yourself against Juice Jacking

Here are some tips to protect yourself against juice jacking at public charging stations:

  • Scrutinise the source: Try and locate the power source. If the source is hidden, you run the risk of juice jacking. The best option is a power source which is visibly plugged into an outlet.
  • Do not use a public charging station: Bring your own cord that you can plug directly into a wall outlet. This way you can steer clear of any potential juice jackers. Besides this, you can also procure a power-only USB cord that does not support data transfers.
  • External battery packs: These battery packs provide a safe source of power when on the move. Significantly also, these packs can be charged at public charging stations where you are not at the mercy of fraudsters.
  • Last resort: If no other option presents itself, prevent data transfers by switching your phone off before plugging it into a public charging station.

Click on the following link to read the original article:  https://www.business2community.com/cybersecurity/fake-charging-stations-can-hack-your-smartphone-02107926

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