Tell me if this has happened to you before: you’re out and about and your iPhone is losing battery fast. You’ve been tweeting away and checking emails all day and it really took a toll on your battery. You can’t go home and plug your phone into your wall charger, but luckily, there’s a phone charging station in the coffee shop near you. What a relief, right?
Public charging stations are found in places like airports, parks, and stores so people can charge their phones while they’re on the go. While this may seem like a convenient way to charge your iPhone, it’s actually a convenient and direct way to getting hacked.
The USB cord you’re using to charge your iPhone can also send data from your phone to other devices. If the charging station’s port is compromised, the information on your phone can easily be accessed and stolen by a hacker.
"Just by plugging your phone into a [compromised] power strip or charger, your device is now infected, and that compromises all your data," Drew Paik of security firm Authentic8 explained to CNN.
To avoid this sneaky way of getting hacked, get a portable charger. If you still want to use a public charging station, there are USB cords you can buy that don’t have wires to transmit data.
Regardless of the method you use, make sure that you’re being safe and cautious with your iPhone because you never know where hackers are lurking.