State Bank of India (SBI), the country’s largest lender has warned customers against charging their phones at charging stations. The advice from the bank that the customers to think twice before plugging in their phone at charging stations as malware could infect smartphone, thus, in turn, getting robbed off all their important data and passwords. The bank has advised people not to use free phone charging station as this will infect their smartphones. Juice jacking, a USB charger scam could end up draining your bank account, the bank has warned.
What is Juice Jacking:
Juice jacking is a type of cyber attack involving a charging port that doubles as a data connection, typically over USB. This often involves either installing malware or surreptitiously copying sensitive data from a smartphone, tablet, or other computer devices. State Bank of India has given some tips to safeguard your phone from Juice Jacking:
1) Look for an electrical socket behind the charging station.
2) Carry your own charging cables.
3) Only charge directly from an electrical outlet.
4) Use portable batteries bought from known vendors.
So, safeguard your smartphone data with these tips from SBI as this malware can steal payment data, credentials and funds from victims’ bank accounts.