Juice jacking is a cyberattack wherein malicious actors install malware or steal data from devices connected to public charging ports in airports, coffee shops, or other public areas. When attackers use juice jacking, they exploit USB data transfer features of charging cables to gain entry and commit this act of fraud against victims’ devices.
To avoid juice jacking, take these steps:
1. Carry Your Charger Adapter and Cable: Use your adapter and cable rather than public charging ports.
2. Utilize a portable battery pack: If you prefer charging your device without connecting to public charging ports, consider investing in a portable battery pack to power it up.
3. Consider Using a USB Data Blocker: A USB data blocker is a small device designed to sit between your charging cable and the USB port at public charging stations and prevent data transfer while still permitting charging.
4. Switch Off Your Device: When charging at public charging ports, switch your device off to prevent any data transfer between it and its battery while charging. Powering down your device will protect against accidental transference during charging and help safeguard against the data transfer.
5. Choose a Reputable Charging Station: When it comes to public charging stations, choose those from trusted sources, like hotels, airports, or coffee shops that take precautions against potential security threats for their customers.
Taking these precautions can significantly lower the risk of juice jacking attacks.