Juice Jackers: How to outsmart smartphone hackers

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    Every time Ivan Posada flies for business, he packs his laptop and his smartphone.

    "This is my lifeline a lot of times out at airports," Posada explained, smartphone in hand.
    Usually, Posada plugs both his phone and his computer in before boarding so that the devices have enough power to last through the flight. That is what hacking experts say "Juice Jackers" are hoping for when they try to steal your information.

    "You have no idea what's on the other end of that cord," warned Dr. Layne Wallace, a professor in the School of Computing at the University of North Florida.

    Dr. Wallace said "juice jacking" is the process of hacking into someone's smartphone through the USB jack while the user is trying to charge the device. Because phones use USB for both power and data transfer, that leaves them vulnerable.

    "Everything in your phone is susceptible to being stolen," said Wallace.

    Read More: http://www.firstcoastnews.com/news/article/281111/483/Juice-Jackers-How-outsmart-smartphone-hackers

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