Have you used a free cell phone charging station at the airport or hotel? If so, you may have put yourself at risk of a cyber hack.
The FBI found that cyber criminals are installing malware onto public USB charging stations that can export your data and password information from your phone.
Once they have this information, they can access your online accounts.
If you see a cable left plugged into a free charging station...
...don't use it because it can be infected. Or if you are offered a cable as a promotional gift from someone you don't know and trust, err on the side of caution and don't use it.
Instead, carry your own charger and cable. If you find yourself in a battery-dying pickle without your own portable charger, at least carry a "charging only" cable (that you get from a trusted vendor) which prevents data transmission in either direction.
While it won't prevent cyber hacks, consider adding a cyber insurance rider to your homeowners insurance. This helps with restoration expenses if you are a victim to these criminals.
Should you get a cyber insurance rider? Talk with me to identify options, costs, benefits, and ultimately determine what's best for you: 706-726-1446.