What is ‘juice jacking’ and why should you worry about it?

It’s an old trick with a new name, and it can ruin your holiday.

hand holding smartphone next to a usb charging station

On holiday, your smartphone can be your best friend.

A map, GPS, camera, translator, guidebook – there’s not a lot your phone can’t do to make your holiday easier.

So, keeping it charged is of the utmost importance.

Hackers are counting on it.

Travellers are again being warned about the dangers of using USB charging devices at airports, shopping centres or anywhere they’re publicly available, as the charging ports may be loaded with malware and used to steal your information and money.

airport usb charging station

YourLifeChoices has reported on this in the past and has even suggested a special gadget that can help safeguard against cyber crims if you really do need to charge your phone in a public place.

More recently, a Los Angeles district attorney tweeted a warning of the growing cyber threat, known as juice jacking, which can transfer a virus to your devices in one minute and can begin exporting your data and passwords to scammers immediately after, reports Travel Talk.

"A free charge could end up draining your bank account,” deputy district attorney Luke Sisak said in a video posted to the Los Angeles County’s website.

To stay safe from cyber crims, Mr Sisak says that you can still plug directly into a power outlet with your own charging cord by using a portable charger, as well as adding a passcode or enabling the fingerprint ID for an extra level of security.

Have you ever been hacked on holiday? Had you ever heard of juice jacking?

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    SuziJ
    30th Nov 2019
    11:22am
    How hard is it to charge your devices overnight? Not very.

    Never leave your accommodation without a fully charged device. If you're in a car, then take a second set of charging cables and charger adaptor (they plug directly into your cigarette lighter and have 1 - 3 ports, available at any good motoring store, even on eBay) to use in the car so that you'll never be out of charge if you use your devices to take videos, etc.

    There's a 4 or 6 port USB A/C power adaptor. with 4 different power plugs (AU, US, UK, EU), done up in a neat little pack which is easy to pack into your carry-on luggage, even your day backpack to charge up at the local shops therefore bypassing the charging stations.
    kevinjack
    8th Jan 2020
    8:08am
    Thanks for the great share and keep up this good work!. Consumer attorney


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