Never Use the Public USB Charging Ports at Airports

You’re waiting at the airport, your phone vibrates in your hand — but it’s not a text.

“Low Battery — 20 percent of battery remaining” pops up on your screen.

Your charger is wrapped up in your check-in luggage, and the last thing you want to do is fork out airport prices for a new adaptor.

So, you track down the nearest free charging station and refuel your dwindling device.

But, it turns out that decision might cost you more than a few extra minutes on social media before you board.

An expert in the US says plugging into USB power charging stations in the airport may come with a cost you can’t see.

“Plugging into a public USB port is kind of like finding a toothbrush on the side of the road and deciding to stick it in your mouth,” he said. “You have no idea where that thing has been.”

“Now, if you see an Apple charging cord, you’re likely to grab it or just plug into it. But inside this cord is an extra chip that deploys the malware, so it charges your phone, but now I own your computer.”

 

(New York Post)

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