What You Need to Know About ‘Juice Jacking’

What is ‘Juice Jacking’? ‘Juice Jacking’ is when criminals load malware onto public charging stations and/ or cables, which will infect the phones and other electronic devices of unsuspecting users. These charging stations can be in hotels, airports, or even malls. Once connected, the malware will  install itself to export data and passwords or even lock the device.

Scary, right?

You can read more about the history of ‘Juice Jacking’ here.

So, how can you prevent it?

  • Never use public charging stations
  • Travel with your own AC charging adapter and cables to use when you need a battery boost
  • Never use someone else’s computer or cables to charge your phone

If you travel frequently, here’s a few more cybersecurity tips to keep in mind:

  • Take time to update all of your operating systems, software, and apps. Having to install these while you’re on the road can be a real pain and use up valuable data.
  • Make sure you backup all of your data in case your device is damaged, lost, or stolen.
  • Be careful with your travel plans on social media and definitely don’t announce your vacation dates. You don’t want criminals to know when your home is empty.
  • Be wary of the public unsecured Wi-Fi at airports, hotels, restaurants, etc. If you have to access the Wi-Fi, never access sensitive data. If you need to do any online shopping, access your banking account, etc., use VPN.
  • Never use public computers to access sensitive data.
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