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Tuesday, 12 November 2013
USB gets Condom against virus from public ports
With the spate of flying viruses and nasty malware spread, it could be injurious to consciously insert your USB drive disks into any port. The implication is that it may easily be infected or you suffer “juice jacking”, which is when someone is able to steal your data through a public charging station.
But technology has a way of replicating true life conditions and practices in technological innovations. From adapting the computer system from human brain cells, a lot of technological innovations have followed the human path.
Now, apparently having seen the uses of condom in protecting humans against the dreaded HIV virus, tech experts have designed condom for USBs to protect against virus infection or data theft.
The solution is coming from the stable of experimental security outfit called Int3.cc. Tagged the USBCondom, the product is a go-between device that creates a break between the data pins of the USB connector and those of the public USB port it is being plugged into.
It allows the user to charge smartphone or other similar devices without getting his or her data transferred anywhere.
According to the company the fact that USB cables carry both power and data means they are potentially ripe for abuse when it comes to desperate smartphone users who plug into public chargers to boost their battery level.
The danger is that to pull data from such devices only takes the charger to be connected to some form of computer and that is where the USBCondom could easily come handy.
Emelike Emeka Emmanuel
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