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Battery charging privacy invasion
#62569 09/16/22 06:23 PM
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Apparently you need to be really careful about where you charge your phone via USB, in case you open a door to information thieves. Here are a few places to be cautious. I assume the same applies to other devices.

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ryck #62571 09/17/22 12:53 AM
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Allowing your device to join a public Wi-Fi network at any, or all, of those locations is equally and potentially, far more dangerous to your security.


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joemikeb #62572 09/17/22 02:10 PM
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I was aware of the dangers in public networks and have a simple to follow policy "Just don’t ever". I am often in places where I have to wait and, when I look around and see all the people who are killing time using the free wifi, I think “Carry a book".

However, getting access through charging….new one to me but good to know.

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ryck #62574 09/17/22 03:21 PM
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I have a rechargeable "charging brick" for lack of knowing what its name really is. It recharges from the Mac's USB port, and will recharge an iPhone or iPad a few times before it needs to be recharged itself. So I take that with me on trips to avoid using public recharging outlets.

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Gregg #62576 09/17/22 08:35 PM
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There’s a good idea.


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ryck #62578 09/19/22 12:25 PM
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Here's what I have:

INIU Power Bank
Model B1-B42

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Gregg #62579 09/20/22 11:43 PM
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It just occurred to me that a "charging only" cable would prevent any data transmission either way and would be a LOT cheaper.


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joemikeb #62580 09/21/22 12:37 PM
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Cable cheaper, yes. Cable works at home, yes, when you have power.
Brick more expensive, yes. Brick works at home, even when you don't have power.

That's why I got one. The traveling aspect is just a bonus. smile
We lose power at our house on a regular basis, at least twice a year. So I use the brick to charge my flip phone every week. After a month or so, I charge the brick to keep it near a full charge because I can't charge the brick when the power is out. The mfr. recommends not just letting it sit for weeks on end, so that's the approach I take to make sure it stays in good working condition.

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Gregg #62582 09/22/22 01:34 PM
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And, proving some sort of maxim somewhere, our power went out yesterday, only 4 or 5 hours after I made the above post!

I charged my iPad from the brick, just in case; even though without power, we were without a wifi connection.

This time we were out for only a few hours. Last winter, power was out for 30 hours.


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