Friday, August 5, 2016

Smartphone Security Alert - "Juice Jacking" or... Getting your phone's brain drained at the airport,

“Juice-jacking” as the new travel scam is called, targets desperate travelers in need of a charge. Daniel Smith, a security researcher at Radware explains how this works.

“Attackers can use fake charging stations to trick unsuspecting users into plugging in their device. Once the device is plugged in the user’s data and photos could be downloaded or malware can be written onto the device.”

Hackers can download anything that is on your phone since the charging port is doubling as a data port. We’re talking passwords, emails, photos, messages, and even banking and other personal information via apps.

How to Prevent Juice-Jacking 
“Don’t use public charging stations. more

  • This is a tiny and lightweight external battery that is easy to travel with:
  • Plug into your laptop to charge your phone if you’re traveling with one and don’t have an external charger. 
  • If you absolutely need to use public charging stations you can block the data transfer using SyncStop ($19.99).