FBI warns of public charger hacking at airports and hotels; use these tips to protect yourself when you travel
Except from The Points Guy:
The FBI is again warning people against using free public charging stations, including at airports and hotels, for fear of hacking.
In 2021, the FBI first declared similar concerns about hackers infecting devices with software to gain access to phones. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office first gave a warning in 2019.
Experts and the FBI urge travelers to avoid relying on public USB ports. Here are a few practical ways to keep your phone charged while traveling without the risk of getting hacked.
Carry a portable charger
Bring your own AC adapter
Charge your phone from your laptop
Don’t grant access to your cellphone
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