You probably don't think twice about it. When your phone's battery is running low, you look for a way to charge it up.
We all do that every day. So, it's really easy to let your guard down. You might be thinking, "How am I letting my guard down when I'm charging my phone?"
Hackers are always devising new ways to hack into your PCs and smartphones to install malware to steal your sensitive financial information. Or they'll install ransomware, then encrypt your photos, videos and important documents until you pay them ransom.
Now, they've figured out how to infect your smartphone so they can remotely take it over. Beware of charging your phone by connecting it to your PC with a USB cord, cybersecurity experts are warning.
The problem is this. When you connect the two devices, your phone automatically starts sharing information with your computer. If hackers are in there, they can see your phone's serial number, manufacturer and a lot more.
"The security risks here are obvious," said researcher Alexey Komarov to the Mirror. "Your phone could be silently packed with anything from adware to ransomware."
Here's how to keep hackers out of your phone:
- Keep your phone locked behind a password or fingerprint security while charging it
- Use USBs and computers from trustworthy manufacturers
- Install the best Internet security protection you can find