Charging your devices in public has gotten a bit easier with more places offering charging stations. The newer buses in NYC even have USB ports (according to my wife). One place I typically find USB ports in is airports.
I’ve take advantage of USB charging numerous times. It turns out that this could be a dangerous proposition.
NBC Bay Area recently wrote an article that the “FCC Warns Against Being ‘Juice Jacked’ on Free USB Ports.”
Some of you are probably wondering, juice jacked? I immediately thought it sounded a bit like being car jacked.
When using those USB ports to add some juice to your device it can also “put all the data on a device in jeopardy“, according to NBC Bay Area.
According to the article, the way it works is that thieves can install dangerous malware into the USB charging stations. When you plug into the port, your information like passwords, addresses or even a complete backup of the device can be sent to the criminals.
The best way to stop from being juice jacked is to just use a power outlet. Also, power outlets charge quicker than USBs.
Find out more from NBC Bay Area here.