Danger Might Lurk at Public Cellphone-Charging Kiosks

 

 

When speeding through a busy day, the sight of a public cellphone-charging kiosk may seem like an oasis when the power on your mobile phone is dwindling. However, under certain circumstances, warns Victory State Bank, such kiosks can pose a threat to the security of your personal information.

The financial institution, Staten Island’s only community-based commercial bank, cites the “Consumer Action Handbook” of the U.S. General Services Administration, which explains the danger exists in how a person’s phone is connected to the public charger: The same USB cord you use to connect your phone to the kiosk can also be used to transfer and sync files.

OPPORTUNITY FOR HACKERS

If hackers tamper with the kiosk, they can steal, or “jack,” passwords, contacts and credit card numbers while your phone charges.

Hackers could also connect a video connector split screen to simultaneously display everything you type, and click on another screen in another location.

SECURITY TIP: If you use a charging station, turn your phone off completely – and avoid using the pre-attached cords.

 

 

 

About Victory State Bank

VSB Bancorp, Inc. (OTCQX: VSBN) is the one-bank holding company for Victory State Bank. As Staten Island, N.Y.’s only community-based commercial bank, Victory State Bank operates five full-service locations on the Island: The main office in the community of Great Kills, and branches in the communities of West Brighton, St. George, Dongan Hills and Rosebank. A planned sixth branch, to be situated in Meiers Corners, has received both regulatory and building department approvals. For additional information, Victory State Bank may be reached at 718-979-1100 or visited online at www.VictoryStateBank.com.

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