Using These Devices at Airports Can Allow Hackers to Steal Your Data

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Surely, you ever wondered how safe it is to use free WiFi at airports, and the answer is that, in general, it is usually safe. However, it is important to take care when connecting the phone to one of those USB charging stations that are usually at the boarding gates.

It is possible that hackers can use these ports to download their data and install malware (malicious software) without your consent and without your knowledge, according to a report published by Forbes magazine. Or get infected with a ransomware virus , which can block files

“Connecting to a public USB port is like finding a toothbrush next to a route and putting it in your mouth,” said Caleb Barlow, vice president of X-Force Threat Intelligence at IBM Security. “You do not know where he was. And remember that USB port can transfer data.”

Most of us can not be without a cell phone. However, you have to be very careful when loading in airports. (REUTERS / Agustin Marcarian)

Some time ago, the technology specialist of the New York Times, JD Biersdorfer, had marked this danger: “It is completely possible to transfer malicious software to a phone through the USB connection from a computer or device in a charging station public, such as airports or shopping centers. ”

It is also true that at the moment, there are not many reports that warn about this type of hacking at airports. Anyway, the best thing to be sure of is to use your standard charger and plug it into the mains. If you do not have it in your hand luggage at the airport, it is best to wait until you reach your home or hotel.