Phone Hacks in Public Areas: Two Attacks & How To Protect Yourself

Many people are concerned with hacking these days. Many people have cell phones. Not many people are aware of cell phone hacks, nor the safety precautions they should take to protect themselves.  As public Wi-Fi and charging stations become more popular, so will exploits on unsuspecting mobile phone users.  The following articles explain two different types of phone hacks, and how to protect against these types of attacks

Free charging stations can hack your phone, here’s how to protect yourself

Hack: Public charging stations, which include USB ports as well as USB cable & power adapters, can be hacked to capture your personal data without you knowing.

Protect Yourself: Avoid using public charging and use your own chargers when able.  Invest in a portable power bank and use your own juice!

“I’m not aware of anything that’s going to be able to infect you via an AC outlet, but random cables or random adapters can definitely be used to take over or exploit your phone, your mobile devices, or your laptops, or anything else you might plug into it,” Paik said.  “It’s really just a two way conduit at some point – power and data”

FOX25 Investigates: Hackers can access your phone via Wi-Fi – even when it’s not connected

Hack:  If you’re Wi-Fi is on, you’re device is constantly trying to reconnect to networks you’ve been connected to in the past.  A hacker can mimic a network, so if your device is in range of a public network it has previously been connected to, you’re vulnerable to your device automatically connecting.  In this case, data on your phone & all internet traffic will be available through the hacker’s device.

Protect Yourself: Choose to ‘Forget’ public networks when you are done using them.  Also, keep your device’s Wi-Fi & Bluetooth off when not in use.  This will prevent you from unknowingly connecting to a fake network and will save battery life.

Even people who are careful to avoid the free internet at their local coffee shop leave themselves vulnerable to attack.  And the rise in the number of devices using Wi-Fi and Bluetooth is only making it easier for hackers.



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