Dangers of free charging stations

It’s a small world, but I imagine the FBI in Denver, Colorado didn’t anticipate the global coverage of a tweet recommending against the use of free USB charging stations in public places such as cafes and airports. Their tweet said

“Avoid using free charging stations in airports, hotels or shopping centers. Bad actors have figured out ways to use public USB ports to introduce malware and monitoring software onto devices. Carry your own charger and USB cord and use an electrical outlet instead.”


It does raise a good point, however, and perhaps worth mentioning to your staff? It is so much easier to infect devices with malware if there is a physical connection, such as a USB connection. Now of course, you can get USB cables that just connect power and not data, but why take the risk?

When travelling, I always have a charger and USB cable, and for a while have been a fan of the MOGICS Power Bagel which includes worldwide adapters, USB charging and an extension cable, all fitting into a pocket. A quick search for ‘mogics power bagel’ in your favourite search engine should find it.