Fake Charging Stations Can Hack Your Smartphone

Is the Juice Worth the Squeeze? 

Nobody wants to run out of battery power while they’re out and about. In fact, a recent study found that we check our phones at least 80 times a day. This attitude has become prevalent in today’s connected world simply because we use our mobile devices for more than just making calls. 

In a world where we rely on our phones for virtually everything – from online banking and email accounts, to social media, games and more – public charging stations can be the ultimate lifesavers when your battery is running low. 

But security experts warn that the juice is never worth the squeeze if a charging station is rigged to steal your data.  Continue reading

Stay Smart About Fake Smartphone Apps

Fraudsters go mobile 

Our smartphones send, receive and store tons of sensitive information about us. This includes the information-rich apps we have on our devices. 

With over 6 million apps to choose from across Apple, BlackBerry, Amazon, Android and Windows, a smartphone can virtually perform any function and can hold as much (or more) data as a full-sized computer. 

Of course, criminals will do what it takes to get that data. 

Fraudsters are taking advantage of the fact that many have shifted to mobile services, specifically mobile banking. If you’re like 77 percent of the U.S., you probably own a smartphone and use a number of apps available for your device.

Let’s explore why criminals are turning to fake smartphone apps, how they can exploit those apps to commit identity crimes, and ways to help you safeguard your personal information from these identity crime schemes.

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