Just when it is beginning to feel safe to venture back out into the world, a little known data security risk lurks in the background. Evil juice jackers are patiently waiting for us to begin using public USB charging stations. You know the ones conveniently located in shopping malls, hotels and airports. To the common man they spell convenience, but to the evil juice jacker they symbolize opportunity.
What exactly is Juice Jacking?
Basically, USB charging ports located in public areas can be replaced with modified versions capable of delivering malware to devices once they are plugged in. Savvy cybercriminals use these ports to both steal data and to deliver malware.
Fortunately, both Apple and Google have added safety features to iOS and Android operating systems to help prevent juice jacking and although this activity does not appear to be a widespread threat, understanding the risks and knowing how to protect yourself can't hurt.
Steps You Can Take to Protect Yourself and Your Data
Avoid public charging stations
Use your own personal charging adapter and your own cables to plug into electrical outlets
Avoid using someone else's computer to charge your mobile device
Use a personal mobile battery to avoid relying on other power sources
Consider a USB pass-through device which allows power to flow through but also disables the data pin on the USB charger
Concerned about protecting your data? We are happy to answer your cybersecurity questions and perhaps share a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice with you.