What is a USB Condom?
A USB Condom is a condom for USB devices to prevent accidental data exchange when your phone is plugged into the charging station or someone else’s PC/laptop or power bank.
Nowadays, USB charging stations are very common in public areas - airports, hospitals, etc.
While it might seem quick and easy to charge your phone, actually it can put your data at risk.
Hackers can target these charging staions and use a process called “Juice Jacking” to install malware on your phone/tablet. They can export all your data and can even lock your phone making it unusable.
There are 3 ways to prevent this:
- Carry a portable battery power bank of your own
- Use your own AC adapter in a wall-socket to charge
- Buy a USB charge-only adapter
- Use a USB Condom
The job of the USB condom is simple: Turn any USB port into a charge-only port by blocking all the data lines.