Smartphones need love too, but that unfortunately means they’re sometimes susceptible to contracting so-called STDs. Not to worry, though; a new ‘USB Condom’ promises to protect your devices from malware transmitted through unknown USB cables like shared chargers or public power stations.
The pervasive threat, often referred to as ‘juice jacking’, puts data on your phone at risk of being downloaded without your consent. But the USB Condoms are designed to prevent data from being stolen when your device is plugged into a shady USB cable. “USB Condoms achieve this by cutting off the data pins in the USB cable and allowing only the power pins to connect through,” explains int3.cc, the community of developers behind the condom-like sleeves.
They’re currently sold out, but int3.cc promises they’ll be back in stock soon.