What You Need to Know About ‘Juice Jacking’

What You Need to Know About ‘Juice Jacking’

What does “Juice Jacking” mean? Juice Jacking is the practice of criminals placing malware on cables and/or public charging stations in order to infect phones and other electronic devices belonging to unwary users.

Hotels, airports, and even shopping centers may have these charging stations. When a device is linked, malware will automatically install and export data and passwords, or even lock the device.

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More information about the background of “Juice Jacking” can be found here.

So how can you stop it?

. Never make use of a public charger
. Bring your own AC adapter and cables when you travel in case you need to recharge your batteries.
. Never charge your phone using a computer or connections that belong to someone else.
Here are a few more cybersecurity pointers for people who travel frequently:

. Update all of your operating systems, programes, and applications. Installing these while you’re driving can be a major hassle and consume a lot of bandwidth.
. In case your device is damaged, lost, or stolen, be sure you have a backup of all your data.
. Be cautious when posting about your travel arrangements on social media, and avoid making your vacation dates public. You don’t want burglars to be aware of when your house is vacant.
. Be cautious when using insecure public Wi-Fi at restaurants, hotels, and other public places. Never access sensitive data if you must use the Wi-Fi. Use a VPN if you need to conduct any online business, such as accessing your bank account.

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. Never access critical information on a public computer.