iPhone and Android device owners are warned of three places they could be at risk of a cyberattack.
According to experts at cybersecurity firm NordVPN, scammers have had to get more creative with their attacks in recent years — which means taking advantage of people when they least expect it.
As TechRadar first reported, cybercriminals can use electromagnetic signals to simulate movements such as tapping to unlock smartphones.
This method, called GhostTouch, allows hackers to unlock a phone without taking it out of your pocket.
You can use it to access sensitive data like passwords and even banking apps.
All an attacker needs to do is be nearby, which is inevitable in this trio of unexpected locations where cyberattacks are increasingly likely.
“Unfortunately, the most common places for touchscreen hackers are public places like libraries, coffee shops, or conference lobbies where people place their smartphones face down on the table,” said Adrianus Warmenhoven, cybersecurity expert at NordVPN.
“The attackers prepare the equipment under the table and launch the attack from afar.
“The user may not even realize that their gadget has been hacked.”
Anywhere you connect to a public Wi-Fi network, you and your iPhone or Android could be at risk, the FBI previously warned.
They don’t know how secure public WiFi networks are or who is watching.
Therefore, it’s best to limit your activities on a public WiFi network or use a VPN app so that your web traffic is encrypted.
Places that have free charging ports can also become breeding grounds for malware, making unsuspecting tech users victims of juice jacking.
“Avoid using free charging stations in airports, hotels or malls,” advises the FBI.
“Malicious actors have found ways to use public USB ports to inject malware and surveillance software onto devices that access those ports.
“Bring your own charger and USB cable and use an outlet instead.”
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