Juice Jacking

Buzz

If your phone battery is running low when you’re traveling, think twice before plugging it into a USB charging station at a public place.

Otherwise, you could fall victim to a new cyber theft tactic called “juice jacking,” warns local BBB president and CEO Kelvin Collins.

These stations are a way for scammers to download malware to your phone. If you notice changes in your phone’s speed, data usage or battery life after using a public USB charger, then you may have malware running in the background.

To safely charge your phone when you’re on the road, use an AC power outlet or car charger instead of a USB station, or invest in a portable charger or external battery.