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What is Juice Jacking?

Juice jacking is a type of cyberattack that occurs when a malicious actor gains access to your personal data by plugging your electronic device into a public USB charging station that has been infected with malware. Once your device is plugged in, the malware can steal your personal information, such as your passwords, credit card numbers, and contact information.

How to Protect Yourself from Juice Jacking

There are a few things you can do to protect yourself from juice jacking:

  • Avoid using public USB charging stations. If you must use a public charging station, make sure to inspect it carefully for any signs of tampering.
  • Use a USB data blocker. A USB data blocker is a device that plugs into your USB cable and prevents data from being transferred between your device and the charging station.
  • Keep your operating system and apps up to date. Software updates often include security patches that can help protect your device from malware.
  • Be careful about what information you share online. Don’t share your passwords, credit card numbers, or other sensitive information with anyone you don’t know and trust.

What to Do If You Think You Have Been Juice Jacked

If you think you have been juice jacked, there are a few things you should do:

  • Change your passwords immediately. This includes your passwords for your email, bank accounts, social media accounts, and any other online accounts that contain sensitive information.
  • Scan your device for malware. There are many free antivirus and anti-malware programs available that can scan your device for malware.
  • Report the incident to the authorities. If you think you have been the victim of a crime, you should report it to the police.

By following these tips, you can help protect yourself from juice jacking and keep your personal data safe.

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