Oh, that sinking feeling you get when you’re away from home and the battery on your electronic device is running low. If your first thought is to use a public USB charging station to power back up, you might want to think again. In mid-April, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued a warning about the dangers of “juicing” up electronic devices with free USB port charging stations like you might find in airports and hotel lobbies. Turns out these complimentary charging locations provide criminals yet another way to steal your personal info.
According to NPR, the term “juice jacking” was first coined in 2011 by cybersecurity analyst Brian Krebs. It refers to the attempt to hack into phones to either steal data while they are charging or infect them with malware that criminals use to access personal data and passwords and ultimately your online accounts. The FCC reports that criminals may even leave infected cables plugged in at charging stations as another ploy to lure unsuspecting victims.
One way to avoid getting juice jacked is to carry your own tech accessories when traveling. These handy on-the-go companions won’t just keep you powered up, they may also play an important role in keeping your data secure.
Koozie Group offers a wide range of tech accessories, and some of our favorites come from our partner SCX Design. All their power banks feature:
- Soft-touch rubber finish
- Light-up logo that illuminates with a slight shake
- 3-in-1 RPET charging cable
- 3-year warranty (cable excluded)
- Premium gift box or pouch
Available in different sizes (how to pick the right size power bank) and styles, one of these power banks is sure to suit your needs.
SCX Design® All-in-One Power Bank 3000 mAh Item #32475
This compact device is only about 2.5″ x 4.5″, and the 3-in-1 charging cable is attached right to the power bank.
SCX Design® Power Bank Stick Wireless 5000 mAh Item #32478
This Qi-compatible wireless power bank has suction cups to hold your phone in place even when you are on the move.
SCX Design® ECO Solar Power Bank 8000 mAh Item #:32480
Charging your devices is a little more eco-friendly with this 8000 mAh power bank featuring a monocrystalline solar panel.
SCX Design® Bamboo Wireless Power Bank 10,000 mAh Item #32511
This power bank will stand out from the crowd with its bamboo case and soft-touch rubber accent.
So, be sure to add a Koozie Group® power bank to your packing list. Then, sit back, relax, and enjoy your next travel adventure without worrying about getting juice jacked.