Why you should never charge your phone in a public port

Pics 17/02/2017

We've all been there before... You're day is full of task after task and then all of a sudden your cell phone flashes a warning that is only have 3% battery left. 

So, for fair reason, you stop for a coffee, grab your charger, and chuck it into a public power port. Your phone shows more signs of life and by this point you are relieved AF!

But stop everything! Fear needs to creep back in because you are compromised. 

"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 told CNN.

Just the same way that your photos can quickly download from your phone to your computer, that cord can also transmit data between your phone and a compromised outlet which lets a hacker to access your text messages, photos, contacts and email.

Unfortunately, there is no way you can tell whether or not a port is compromised. So, we're sorry to tell you, but you should try avoid any public port.

There are a few tips that'll help protect your phone:

1. Try charge your phone at home as much as possible, or live with a dead phone until you do get home...

2. Buy a portable USB charger and have it with you on the daily.

3. Fork poout some hard earned cash and invest in a USB cord that doesn't transmit data.

4. If you really need to charge in a public outlet make sure your phone is locked with a PIN or a password and do not unlock it!

Happy charging everyone

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