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Think about where you charge your cell phone

Updated: Aug 10, 2023

Juice Jacking :: Have you heard of it?

charging an iphone/cell phone in a public charging station


At our Photo Managers conference in Orlando early in 2023, we had a privacy and security expert lead a talk in keeping our electronic data (and our clients' data) safe.

I attended this session thinking I would learn about dangers surrounding Cloud Storage sites. It turns out Cloud Storage sites are not where the danger lies.

Most Cloud Services offer end-to-end encryption, keeping your photos/videos/information safe in transit.

So, what is Juice Jacking?

Juice Jacking is a cyber attack where hackers place malware on public USB ports or USB stations where you plug your phone in to charge. What this malware does is allow a transfer of data from your phone/device to their device. They then have access to all the data stored on your phone.

Where could this occur?

  • airplanes

  • airports

  • rental cars

  • malls

  • hotels/hostels

  • charging stations

  • coffee shops

  • restaurants

  • train stations

What can you do?

If you are travelling, or out and about, and need to charge your phone...

:: Use your own cord and AC adapter and plug into a regular outlet

:: Charge an external power block at home and carry it with you. When you're on the go, you can simply plug into the power pack in your bag

:: Purchase a Charge-Only Cable. No data will transfer through this cable but your device will still charge

:: Purchase a USB Defender. These are adapters you can use to plug your cord into if you NEED to use a public charging station. They block any transfer of data while allowing your phone to charge Examples of these on Amazon

I hope this helps

There is so much to know about the constant changes in technology, our online presence and keeping ourselves, our clients, and our families safe.

We want to help you protect not only your family memories (photos/videos) but all your other personal information.


If you find yourself overwhelmed, we can help!

People have the best intentions when it comes to memory keeping, but often the details are difficult to navigate. We can help! If you are unsure of the best way to handle your phone photos, we will discuss your challenges and find the right solution for you! Reach out if you'd like to discuss ways we can help you accomplish your goal!

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