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'Avoid using free charging stations in airports, hotels': FBI warns
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'Avoid using free charging stations in airports, hotels': FBI warns

| @indiablooms | 11 Apr 2023, 11:55 pm

Denver/IBNS: US's Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has warned people not to connect to the free power but instead carry their own chargers and USB cord in public places.

In its warning, the FBI has asked people to only use the electrical outlet in public places.

On April 6, the FBI's Denver office tweeted a serious warning to smartphone owners to avoid using free public charging stations.

The FBI warned of crooks using USB ports to infect phones with dangerous malware and software that can give hackers access to your phone, tablet, or computer.

''Avoid using free charging stations in airports, hotels, or shopping centers. Bad actors have figured out ways to use public USB ports to introduce malware and monitoring software onto devices. Carry your own charger and USB cord and use an electrical outlet instead,'' the tweet reads.

On its website, the FBI also warned people saying, ''Be careful when connecting to a public Wi-Fi network and do not conduct any sensitive transactions, including purchases, when on a public network."

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