Data Security Tip
Charging Your Device Could Lead to Vulnerabilities
Charging smartphones and tablets via a USB cable connected to a computer or charging kiosk is convenient. Unfortunately, USB connections provide direct access to files, which introduces a security risk known as “juice jacking”. The chance of compromise may be slight, but with cyber thieves keen to access data and install malware on devices, it’s best not to take unnecessary risks.
Key Takeaway: Don’t connect your smart device to an unknown source via USB (e.g. computer or kiosk). The simplest and safest way to charge is via an AC outlet or 12V auxiliary power outlet (cigarette lighter outlet).
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