August 16, 2022
Good morning, everyone!
This week’s critical vulnerabilities:
Patch all the things!
A faithful reader of this newsletter emailed me last week, after reading Think before you plug it in!, to remind me that “it works both ways!” She’s right, and I haven’t talked about this in awhile, so here goes:
Have you noticed that USB charging stations are everywhere now? Airport lounges, restaurant waiting areas, and even in the base of the lamp in my hotel room last week! Why is this problem? Juice Jacking:
You’ve heard of credit card skimming at the gas pump, right? This is the mobile tech equivalent. What might seem like a benign, generic USB port or charging cable may be attached to a tiny device that installs malware on your phone, or worse, steals data off of your phone.
Seriously, you should think of USB charging stations as public toilets – but nobody is cleaning them!
How do you protect yourself? Carry your own charger with you, and use only standard electric outlets to charge, not a USB outlet. Or carry around a USB condom. Yep, that’s a thing.
Have a good week!
Talk to you again soon!
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