FBI warns against using free chargers in public places

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(ORDO NEWS) — The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in Denver urged owners of smartphones and other gadgets not to use public USB chargers in malls, hotels, airports and other public places.

FBI officials said attackers could use public USB ports to inject malware and software.

At the same time, malware installed through a dirty USB port can lock the device or export personal data and passwords directly to the attacker.

Instead of using public chargers, the FBI recommends connecting gadgets to a personal external battery or any similar device.

In addition, as an alternative, agency agents suggested using a personal adapter with a wire in public places.

It is also worth noting that a similar danger was noted by the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

Therefore, it is recommended to be extremely careful when using public chargers and follow the recommendations of experts.

If a virus has been found on the smartphone

If a virus has been found on your smartphone, experts recommend following these guidelines:

  • Disconnect your device from the Internet. This will help prevent further infection and spread of the virus.
  • Try starting your device in safe mode. This will allow you to run your phone with as few drivers and programs as possible, which can help identify a virus.
  • Use antivirus software to check your device for viruses and remove them. There are many antivirus programs that can be downloaded for free from app stores.
  • If all of the above methods don’t work, try resetting your device to factory settings. This will delete all data from the device, including viruses.
  • Be careful when installing new applications. Install only those that have been downloaded from official and trusted app stores.
  • Update the operating system and applications on your device regularly. Updates may contain fixes for vulnerabilities that can be used by attackers to infect a device.
  • If none of the above help, contact an information security specialist or service center for further assistance.


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