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8 Places You Should Never Charge Your Phone

Reader's Digest Canada Logo By Jen McCaffery of Reader's Digest Canada | Slide 1 of 9: No one likes it when their phone runs out of power when you’re far from home. Public charging stations may seem like a welcome solution, but using them could set you up for trouble. Why? “Those charging stations and USB devices can be easily modified to give criminals access to your phone, including installing software on the phone,” says James Goepel, CEO at Fathom Cyber and a cybersecurity professor at Drexel University.  Here’s where you should never use a public USB port to charge your phone.

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No one likes it when their phone runs out of power when you’re far from home. Public charging stations may seem like a welcome solution, but using them could set you up for trouble. Why? “Those charging stations and USB devices can be easily modified to give criminals access to your phone, including installing software on the phone,” says James Goepel, CEO at Fathom Cyber and a cybersecurity professor at Drexel University.  Here’s where you should never use a public USB port to charge your phone.
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