When a phone battery is on the verge of death, public charging facilities are required, but the same day, the platform could be used as a security barrier for hackers to steal your information. Odisha Police has issued an advisory to hackers who have loaded public chargers with malware and connected the USB cable on the other side to your phone that is booted to the port.
While you''re busy using free charging services, hackers infect your phone with viruses and steal your confidential information. This is called Juice Jacking.
Don''t charge your mobiles at public venues, such as a mobile charging station, or a USB connection. Cyber fraudsters are trying to steal your personal information from your mobile, and installing the malware inside your phone. #StayCyberSafe pic.twitter.com/CubCnYlJn7
Note that here are the discussions about a USB charging port, not to be confused with a regular electric switch plug that you plug into your charging adaptor. Certain hackers may likely connect those USB charging slots to different devices.
Your phone may become vulnerable as soon as you connect to any of these charging ports, which may result in data theft. Hackers may control your phone and commit cyber crime from your device. You wont even know these anxieties about your phone via/to these USB ports.
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What can you do in such a case?
Most smartphones today have data transfer limitations because it permits you to send files when manually permitted. For example, when you connect your phone to your computer, youll receive a prompt message about whether you want to share files or charge the device. When you unplug your phone, you can receive an alert when you charge your phone via a public charging station.
A counter to this juice jacking is to carry a power bank or smartphone charger and charge your phone via a wall electricity socket.