$10 USB Condom Will Protect Your Private Data – No Not That Condom
Only thing you need more than the USB itself is this condom, The gadget basically allows the users to plug their smartphone or tablets into unfamiliar USB ports while keeping them safe from the risk of viruses. The gadget is known as a ‘protective barrier between your device and juice-jacking hackers.’ The gadget was created by int3.cc, a New York based security expert company that came up with this device in order to tackle the risk of fake public charging stations that download sensitive data.
Let’s take a minute to understand how the USB cables work; in essence, a USB cable is comprised of a number of wires that are all encased in a unique protective casing. Each cable has a particular function that it needs to execute. Two of them serve to transfer electricity while the rest take care of the transmission of data. Kaspersky says; ‘If the smartphone automatically connects when it is in removable media mode, that makes all files in the internal storage accessible to the PC. These may include documents as well as various data backup copies created by applications and many other things.’
The USB condom is a small chip with a male and a female port. The device works as a bridge between the device and the unknown USB port. The basic purpose of this device is to sever any data connection while still allowing for the charging to take place. It started out as an experiment but gained enough popularity that now it is being sold at a price tag of $10.