Keeping cell phones charged and ready to use at all times is a necessity. To meet this need, public USB chargers have proliferated in places such as airports, shopping malls and train stations. However, there are risks associated with their use, so it is important to be aware of the danger of so-called “juice jacking”.
USB cable can allow unauthorized access to data stored on the smartphone
Juice jacking is a type of cyber attack that. involves the use of a public charger or USB cable. infected to access personal information on a mobile device or even to install malware on the device.
This is malicious software that would operate completely unrelated to the user. Attackers can install malicious devices on public chargers that allow data theft via the USB cable.
Connecting a device to an infected public charger can steal information such as text messages, emails, passwords and other personal information.
How to protect yourself from ‘juice jacking’
-Avoid using public chargers. whenever possible. If it is necessary to charge the phone in a public place, it is best to use a portable charger or a personal USB cable.
-Caution with cables. If it is not possible to avoid using public chargers, it is important to be careful about the USB cables you use. It is important to carry your own USB cable and avoid using unknown or suspect cables.
-Disable the data transfer function. on the phone when charging in a public place, if there is no other alternative for recharging the battery. This is to prevent data transfer when devices are connected via USB cable, which may allow access to personal information.
-Use a security tool for mobile devices. Security applications can detect and block malware attacks and can provide real-time alerts if an attempt to gain unauthorized access to the device is detected.
-Keep mobile device software up to date.. Software updates often include security fixes and patches that can reduce the risk of falling victim to juice jacking and other types of cyber-attacks.