Did you know that charging your phone or device in an airport lounge or public charging station could place you at significant risk of a cyberattack?
Well, that is exactly the risk you may face when innocently plugging into one of the thousands of free charging stations and USB ports found in airports, train stations, hotels, cafés and even hire cars; virtually any public space with device charging facilities.
Gone are the days of credit card readers strategically positioned on an ATM, where a card reader would capture your credentials and criminals would quickly empty your account. This is considered old technology and the bad guys have upped their game.
So how does the next generation cybercriminal plant malicious software onto your device just from it being charged?
When you plug your phone in to charge up, all of your personal data may be copied to the USB port that is supplying charge to your device. What kind of personal information can be accessed? All your passwords, banking data, contacts (names and addresses), photos and videos, text messages, emails etc.
Furthermore, the same sinister port can upload malicious code to your phone without you knowing it’s even happened.
So, what else can this malicious code do to your phone? Your microphone and camera can be remotely activated, all without your knowledge. Your conversations can be listened to and cybercriminals could potentially observe you in the privacy of your own home via the device cameras.
How can you avoid these cyber traps?
The best option is to buy a portable charger for your devices. These come in many different shapes and sizes. For a cheaper option, buy a USB port protector or better still, carry your phone charger with you and find a power point to connect to.
Be prepared and you can reduce your cyber risk. Happy travelling!
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