Do not charge your smartphone here even by mistake, the government itself warned; Know why?

If you charge your smartphone from a public USB charger anywhere while travelling, then be careful. This carelessness of yours can put you in great danger. The government itself has alerted people not to do this. In fact, the Indian government has warned smartphone users about an ongoing “USB charger scam”, which essentially targets vulnerable devices to steal personal information. The Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) has urged people not to use phone charging stations available in public places like airports, hotels, bus stations, railway stations and cafes. The advisory said that cyber criminals can use public USB chargers installed in these public places for “malicious activity”, commonly called ‘juice jacking’.

What is juice jacking?

Juice jacking is a potential security threat where cybercriminals target public USB charging points to steal data from connected devices or install malware on them. Smartphone users should be aware of this danger, although there have not been many cases of juice jacking. CERT-In’s warning aims to inform smartphone users about this threat and advise them to adopt appropriate practices to protect their devices when they need to charge their devices in a public place.

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To avoid juice jacking, keep these things in mind:

According to CERT-In, juice jacking can happen to anyone and hence one needs to be careful while charging their phone or tablet from a public charging point. Here we are telling you some tips which you should keep in mind:

– Use traditional electrical power outlets: If a user needs to charge their phone, use traditional electrical wall charging instead of a public USB charger. All it will require is a power adapter. CERT-In says that users should carry their personal power adapter and charging cable while travelling.

– Prefer power bank: Another good way to avoid using public charging points is to carry a personal power bank. At present, there are many power banks with fast charging and large battery capacity available in the market.

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– Secure device: It is very important to check whether the smartphone or tablet has a strong security lock or not. It is better to lock a device with biometrics to reduce any risk of unauthorized data access. Users should also keep an eye on paired devices and avoid pairing their smartphone or tablet with unknown devices.

– Turn off the phone while charging: If you urgently need to charge the phone at a public charging point, turn off the phone before plugging it in. This reduces the risk of cyber criminals targeting your device.

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