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WARNING: THAT USB CHARGING CORD MAY BE AN ESPIONAGE DANGER

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Warning…

I know most of you would think twice about plugging an unknown memory stick or thumb drive into your computer, especially a computer that contains personal financial and medical information or is used for work purposes. Unfortunately, we see more electronic devices that use a USB charging cord – especially those manufactured in China and other foreign countries -- and believe charging cords are harmless and only carry power.

This is not true.

Most USB plugs have four pins. The outermost two pins being used for power [pin 1 (red) +5 volts, pin 4 (black) Ground] and the innermost two pins [pin 2 (white) data -, pin 3 (green) data +]  are used for data. Of course, there are other plugs with different configurations.

Best practices…

Buy a separate USB charging AC Adapter or separate battery-powered unit to charge your devices.

Bottom line…

Be safe and do not fully trust Chinese electronic products.

-- steve


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