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  • Writer's pictureDorothy Snyder

Traveller Beware: The Latest Threat to Your Travel Security.

Updated: May 8, 2023

Don't Let Your Data Get Squeezed; learn about the risks of "Juice Jacking."



Have you ever plugged your phone into an airport USB charging port? or how about the side table USB plug-in when staying in a hotel?

Yeah, I have, too! That was before I was told about "juice jacking," a cybercrime that can occur while charging your device in public places.




 

Watch this video showing a hacker using this "juice jacking" to gain access to this reporters phone, and what he could access.


 

The FBI has confirmed that this is not a rumour but an actual threat and has warned against juice jacking, urging travellers to be cautious when using public charging stations.

Juice jacking is when a hacker installs malware onto a public charging station or uses a USB cable to access data from your device. This can result in theft of personal information such as passwords, credit card information, and even photos.

To protect yourself from "juice jacking," it's recommended to use your portable charger and avoid using public charging stations, or at the very least, plug into a wall, not a USB station.




In addition to protecting against juice jacking, travellers should remember other security travel tips. Here are a few:

  1. Use a VPN: When accessing public Wi-Fi, it's essential to use a virtual private network (VPN) to encrypt your internet connection and protect your data from hackers.

  2. Keep your devices locked: Have a strong passcode or biometric authentication to prevent unauthorized access.

  3. Beware of phishing scams: Don't click on suspicious links or provide personal information to unknown sources. Be cautious of unsolicited emails or text messages.

  4. Keep your valuables secure: Use a safe in your hotel room or carry a secure backpack or purse to protect your valuables while travelling.

  5. Research your destination: Before travelling, research the safety and security of your destination. Be aware of any travel advisories or local scams. You can always stay up-to-date on a country's security threats by viewing the Government of Canada Travel Site.


Considering these travel security tips, you can ensure a safe and enjoyable trip. Remember, it's always better to be safe than sorry regarding your personal information and valuables. Stay aware, be cautious, and have a wonderful time exploring the world!



Dorothy Snyder Ontario Production Manager Canadian Travel Writers






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