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Stop Using Public USB Ports to Charge Your Phone

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Protect Your Phone by Not Using Public Charging Points


Battery power is something we’re all concerned about. We rely on our smartphones throughout the day for personal and business use, so much so that we often invest in portable chargers or are always on the lookout for a public charging port. However, you might want to reconsider using those public ports. The LA County District Attorney’s office put out a warning of public USB ports.


The issue is that USB ports can potentially be hacked so that they automatically install data-stealing malware on your phone while you charge. This means that hackers can get access to your passwords, personal information, and more – all without you knowing. For a few more minutes of screen time, it hardly seems worth it.


A better option is always to simply plug your phone or tablet into an AC outlet instead. It’s worth picking up a small surge protector, too. The protector will take up a minimal amount of bag space and can be a powerful tool when it comes to negotiating with someone to let you share a power outlet.


It’s also worth considering investing in a portable battery, which can provide valuable battery life when you’re out in the world away from outlets.


At Hoffman Brown Company, we are always on the lookout for more information on how our clients can stay safe and protected. We are ready and waiting to help you find reliable and responsible insurance for your property. Contact us today to get started!