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SBI: Beware! Don’t charge your mobile phone at charging stations; here’s why

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 20 December 2019, 12:56 IST

People who are addicted to phones and can’t live a single minute without their smartphone, then a piece of important information for such users because their data and passwords are in danger. Yes, you read right! If you charge your phone at a charging station either at an airport, train or hotel then before charging your phone you think several times otherwise your phone’s data could be stolen by hackers.

Don’t get scared of this just be cautious and just go through the complete article.

The country’s largest lender State Bank of India (SBI) has released a warning for its customers against charging their phones at the charging station.

The bank has released advise that thinks twice before plugging-in your smartphone at charging stations as malware could affect the phone because hackers have found another way to steal the personal data from the smartphone.

"Think twice before you plug in your phone at charging stations. Malware could find a way in and infect your phone, giving hackers a way to steal your passwords and export your data," SBI tweeted.


The bank recommended people not to use free phone charging station as malware could infect their smartphone.

Hackers are using the juice jacking technique, a USB charger scam that would not only steal your data but also end up draining your bank account.

How to protect your data in your smartphone:

SBI has released some tips to safeguard your phone from Juice Jacking:

1. Carry your own charging cables.
2. Charge your phone through an electrical outlet.
3. Look only for the electrical socket behind the charging station.
4. Carry your own power bank to charge your drained battery.

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First published: 20 December 2019, 11:34 IST