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Protect Your Data: FBI Warns Against Using Public USB Ports to Charge Your Devices

The FBI warns people not to plug their devices into USB charging ports in public spaces like hotels, airports, shopping malls, and coffee shops. While it's convenient to have easily accessible charging, hackers have figured out ways to transfer malware onto devices through these ports. It's a reminder for business leaders as more team members travel again.



The problem lies in the fact that USB ports not only provide power but can also transmit data to and from your device. For example, when you plug a hard drive or device into a USB port, you can transfer files or back up your device. But unfortunately, they can also be hijacked for purposes like stealing information.


While the current versions of iOS and Android are designed to protect your information, it's still worth being cautious. Personal information like emails, messages, passwords, and credit card details are stored on our phones and can be encrypted; however, it's still important to be aware of potential threats and avoid taking unnecessary risks.


The easiest solution is always to use your standard charging brick. If your phone doesn't have one, you can invest in a small and affordable charger, which provides enough power to fast charge your device and easily fit in your backpack. Another option is to have a power bank with you.


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If you need to use a public charging port, select "no" when asked if you trust the device you're connected to. It's a constant battle to stay ahead of people who would love to access your device, so it's essential to remain vigilant and protect your personal information.


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