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USBCondom keeps gadgets safe from viruses


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Plugging your phone or tablet into any old USB port? You could be at risk from all sorts of viruses. But not if you use the USBCondom.

It’s an adapter that slips onto the end of your USB cable and provides a “protective barrier between your device and ‘juice-jacking’ hackers”, according to the security company behind it.

It’s pretty clever. It stops the data pins in the USB cable from connecting to the computer, but enables the charging pins to do so. So your device can take the computer’s power and charge, but your data won’t be at risk from being pilfered.

Peace of mind, especially now we’re storing more and more personal info on our phones.

“Malicious hackers can easily set up a charging kiosk to ‘hijack’ your device’s data or even upload malware,” its maker Xipiter said. “If you’re going to run around plugging your phone into strange USB ports, at least be safe about it.”

Even if you’re only charging on your home computer, it still pays to be vigilant. Hackers can install malware that can suck data from your phone or anything else you plug in.

Xipiter took to crowdfunding site Crowd Supply to fund the device. It sailed past its funding target of $500, raising $9,016 at time of writing.

The gadgets are available now for $12 (£7). If you want a pack of 12 – you digital floozy, you – it’ll cost you $89 (£54) and you’ll have to wait until September. A 25 pack, meanwhile, will set you back $199 (£120).

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August 29, 2014, 9:13 am

Seems a bit bulky. Would be better to make dedicated charging cables for Lightning and micro USB that have the data lines disconnected. Surely even that circuit board could be half the size?


August 29, 2014, 10:06 am

Is the one sold in China only half the size of the international version? I had problems with them always breaking because they were too small.


August 30, 2014, 12:21 am

Absolutely ridiculous. All these have done is short the two data pins. You could do the same yourself with a small piece of aluminum foil, or buy one of the many adapters already on the market for half the price which are better built and include a clearly-marked 'charge only' housing. This truly is an exploitative product with a ridiculous markup. No 'security professional' would ever waste their money on one of these.

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