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Reasons Why You Should Never Use Airport USB Charging Stations

Travelers Today       By    Staff Reporter

Updated: Jun 10, 2019 08:13 PM EDT

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Reasons Why You Should Never Use Airport USB Charging Stations

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Those oh-so-handy USB power charging stations in the airport may come with a cost you can't see. Cybercriminals can modify those USB connections to install malware on your phone or download data without your knowledge.

"Plugging into a public USB port is kind of like finding a toothbrush on the side of the road and deciding to stick it in your mouth. You have no idea where that thing has been," says Caleb Barlow, Vice President of X-Force Threat Intelligence at IBM Security.  "And remember that that USB port can pass data."

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