Why No One Should Use Airport USB Charging Stations

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  • Published: 05 October 2019
  • Travelers have always been vulnerable. Centuries ago they were attacked by pirates, but nowadays most of the thefts happen on a digital level. In 2019, transport became the second priority for cybercriminals, right after financial organizations. USB chargers might be traveler-friendly and installed in public places for their convenience, but they're not necessarily safe.

    IBM Security experts say that cybercriminals use USB ports in airports, train stations and other public places to steal personal data from your gadgets. They have no difficulty modifying USB ports by installing special software that steals the owner’s personal data, including bank information.

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    TIMESTAMPS:
    What can happen to your smartphone? 📱 1:19
    What video-jacking is 1:44
    Use your own cable 🔌 2:24
    What about the latest android and iPhones? 3:07
    What can you do if your smartphone has a low battery ❓ 4:21
    Special USB cable 4:47
    How an outlet in a public place can destroy your device 5:08
    ❗️ How to protect your security ❗️ 6:29

    #protectyourself #personaldata #brightside

    SUMMARY:
    - When you plug the cable into a compromised outlet, you'll connect your smartphone or tablet to an external drive that launches the process of copying your data or installing a virus on it.
    - This technology is known as juice jacking. Another way they use to steal your data is called video-jacking, which is also based on using a modified USB port.
    - Sometimes they don't even bother to do anything to the port itself, they just leave a cable plugged in there.
    - After smartphone producers learned about juice-jacking, they did add extra safety measures to their devices. Now iOS and Android ask for your approval to get connected to an external device.
    - There're other risks too. If you've got an Android with an older operating system, or the USB debugging mode is switched off, it’ll be no problem to pass a virus onto it.
    - There's a function on the latest Apple devices called USB Restricted Mode – it's an innovative defense mechanism, which prohibits data exchange during charging through a USB port.
    - If you’re using a device with the latest version of the operational system, in theory, there shouldn’t be much danger. But still, if you need to charge it urgently in a public place, don’t use a public USB port.
    - Bring a common charger and plug it in a common outlet. This is less convenient since there aren’t as many of them in airports, but it’s definitely safe.
    - Another option is to charge a power bank through a USB port and then charge your smartphone with it.
    - If that's still not enough, you could buy a special USB cable, which lets you charge the device, but doesn't allow the exchange of data.
    - There's also a completely different kind of danger when it comes to charging your smartphone through a USB cable: the device can simply burn out from voltage swell.
    - Create 12-symbol passwords. It shouldn’t be your mother’s maiden name, the last 4 numbers of your passport number, your birthday or your address.
    - Don’t share the details of every single step you make on social media. Remember that in doing so, you make it easier for actual thieves to trace your route and rob your house while you’re on a business trip or vacation.
    - Don’t ever show your boarding pass on social media. At first glance, it looks like the only information you can get from it is a passenger name and the booking reference.
    - If you still don't feel like the vacation has started until you take a traditional picture of your passport with a boarding pass, delete the ticket number, booking reference and any data about your flight from the picture before posting it.

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Comments • 2 273

  • BRIGHT SIDE
    BRIGHT SIDE   3 weeks back

    How often do you usually have to charge your phone?

    • extreme inkling
      extreme inkling  23 hours back

      Yes

    • LIRR G5 Steam Locomotive Productions
      LIRR G5 Steam Locomotive Productions  1 days back

      Like once every day @ night

    • Litego
      Litego  1 days back

      2-3 times a week.

    • Litty fam beats
      Litty fam beats  1 days back

      Every night

    • Common_C3nts
      Common_C3nts  3 days back

      Sorry, but there is no way you can install software on a 5V power only USB plug. They would have to open the plug and put a device inside to make this scenario work.


      Also, dont forget your android phone will prompt you if you want to allow the data connection. There is no way around that.

  • Jackson Trostle
    Jackson Trostle  29 minutes back

    You know what I don’t care because I have MANNY devices I use on travel

    • Harry Puxty
      Harry Puxty  6 hours back

      use a power ownly

      • Juan
        Juan  7 hours back

        If you use those at the airport you deserve it lol

        • mr duckiston
          mr duckiston  7 hours back

          Firstly if your thumbnail is charging with AC not USB and in airports yes the WiFi is dangerous charging you're phone isn't due to the usb being a charging socket not a data and yes the usb facts are true they used a computer

          • ExCel Gilmore
            ExCel Gilmore  11 hours back

            Just use Cumberland furniture seating in airports it won’t happen with the usb no way to modify usb

            • Nature Detective Minecraft

              I traditionally don't use usb chargers but if I do I use my USB extender cable which doesn't transfer data

              • Jonathan Martin
                Jonathan Martin  20 hours back

                Thank God with Android you can configure what the port is doing. Also, alerts you when data is sending or reviving. Bank account is wrong because each bank app has its own extreme security.

                • SamuraiJuno
                  SamuraiJuno  20 hours back

                  lol just don’t allow data transfer

                  • Henry S
                    Henry S  20 hours back

                    bs

                    • John Shoemaker
                      John Shoemaker  22 hours back

                      This video is awful!!! It’s scare tactics. iOS and Android both require you to trust the “computer” / usb connection. Say no and it’s over. Stop being a fear monger!!!!!

                      • collaborative project
                        collaborative project  1 days back

                        Your light bulb is unsettling

                        • LIRR G5 Steam Locomotive Productions

                          This is why i use Apple and not Android (i know the iPad Pro has USBC but i don’t wanna use or buy it)

                          • kilgarragh
                            kilgarragh  1 days back

                            how to get around this. use a special cable that has the data wires CUT OUT OF IT, so that the data stealing system dosnt even know its there

                            • Mike12mt
                              Mike12mt  1 days back

                              I bring my battery bank when I travel. I did this long before Data theft via USB was a thing.

                              • Taylan Everitt-Story
                                Taylan Everitt-Story  1 days back

                                Just disable ADB on your device, this is disabled by default.

                                • unidentified
                                  unidentified  1 days back

                                  Just cut your USB cable data+ and data- wires/pins

                                  • Fabian flores
                                    Fabian flores  1 days back

                                    They can take my nudes lol

                                    • Taylor Ratliff
                                      Taylor Ratliff  1 days back

                                      They should sell secure charging cables that only have power connections (no data)

                                      • Pate Jate
                                        Pate Jate  1 days back

                                        3:39 if the USB debugging mode is switched *on*. Also, why would that setting be turned on in the first place? Developers likely are going to check what they're asked and what for.

                                        • Beck Barnhardt
                                          Beck Barnhardt  2 days back

                                          Wouldn’t airport security say something if you were tinkering with the usb charge stations

                                          • FuryPurryKat
                                            FuryPurryKat  2 days back

                                            Good luck with a non data cable

                                            • Ismael Villagrana
                                              Ismael Villagrana  2 days back

                                              Does IBM stands for Ireland boys mom?

                                              • Brad the Pitts
                                                Brad the Pitts  2 days back

                                                Can't you just turn the phone OFF before plugging into a public charger?

                                                • Little King
                                                  Little King  2 days back

                                                  Me: Plugs usb killer into usb hub at the airport, and simultaneously cause the hub to stop working and the ground crews headset charger plugged into the same outlet.
                                                  Ground Crew: Wait that's Illegal
                                                  Hacker: Wait that's Illegal
                                                  Security: He's got a bomb

                                                  • Little King
                                                    Little King  2 days back

                                                    just use charging only usb cables at the airport, problemo solved

                                                    • Little King
                                                      Little King  2 days back

                                                      ios: allow this computer to access photos, videos, or other media?
                                                      Me: No
                                                      that's literally it

                                                      • J B
                                                        J B  2 days back

                                                        Tried using it, most of them are BROKEN!

                                                        • DashCamEyes
                                                          DashCamEyes  2 days back

                                                          That why you always use a pig tails to charge your phone via cable.

                                                          • Puakkeli
                                                            Puakkeli  2 days back

                                                            1:45 that hard drive needs an psu, motherboard and a processor to work, also they need to be plugged in. u simply cant do that at an airport without getting caught, the pc inside the wall will also overheat likely and how do u even put a hard drive inside a wall in the first place. this video is pointless.

                                                            • Patrik YT
                                                              Patrik YT  2 days back

                                                              bruh it is a trsnsformer not a computer

                                                              • Audicula
                                                                Audicula  3 days back

                                                                An iPhone asks you would you like to transfer data via the USB wire before it’ll allow it. So this only applies to android phones.

                                                                • Xander Channel
                                                                  Xander Channel  3 days back

                                                                  android : setting - developer option - select usb configuration and tick on charging only... problem solve...

                                                                  • firebug Judd
                                                                    firebug Judd  3 days back

                                                                    Anywhere where there's like a quarter you can use like a public place I don't use it every mountain

                                                                    • Jérémie Faucher-Goulet

                                                                      That's why I keep in "charge only" mode

                                                                      • Harry Liang
                                                                        Harry Liang  3 days back

                                                                        well its a good thing im using a debit card from walmart that has 0 cents on it ahahahhahaaahahaha

                                                                        • flying_Night_slasher
                                                                          flying_Night_slasher  3 days back

                                                                          What if cyber criminal's mod normal outlet's I mean internet router's have been hacked before so how long before this happens.

                                                                          • Pyroman /
                                                                            Pyroman /  3 days back

                                                                            This isn't a real worry unless you have a old android Verison and also people at probley just going set up a free WiFi hot spot and hack you wireless people are more likely to connect to free internet than connect to a random ubs port ... And hackers probley can do more damage with that fake wifi hotspot methods than a wired hack

                                                                            • THE MATT 222
                                                                              THE MATT 222  3 days back

                                                                              .. or use a knock off cheap cable that can't be used to transfer data

                                                                              • imcanada
                                                                                imcanada  3 days back

                                                                                leaving usb debugging off makes your device more secure, and if its on you need to give your approval when a device tries to use it

                                                                                • imcanada
                                                                                  imcanada  3 days back

                                                                                  this video makes me lose braincells

                                                                                  • Sebastian Koh
                                                                                    Sebastian Koh  3 days back

                                                                                    Off debugging or ON debugging? I thought ON is more vulnerable?

                                                                                    • Swingin30
                                                                                      Swingin30  3 days back

                                                                                      "do you trust this device to transfer information?"
                                                                                      its the same on iPhone and android, just click no, there was no need for this video

                                                                                      • personalsafetykam
                                                                                        personalsafetykam  3 days back

                                                                                        Only use my fast charging wall plug or my pocket juice unit. Never use any USB anywhere

                                                                                        • Karl Gaminde
                                                                                          Karl Gaminde  4 days back

                                                                                          You can protect your phone by cutting the data line on your charging cable

                                                                                          • Henrijs Reinfelds
                                                                                            Henrijs Reinfelds  4 days back

                                                                                            My device usb port is broken so it only charges i cant connect it to pc and transfer data anyways so im good 😂👌

                                                                                            • RedCrafter LP
                                                                                              RedCrafter LP  4 days back

                                                                                              Couldn't you just use a cable without data lanes?

                                                                                              • Chyniz Mahss
                                                                                                Chyniz Mahss  4 days back

                                                                                                Or just Just connect a wireless charger there