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Kaspersky Lab Warns Against Charging Smartphones Over USB

Pretty much everybody uses USB cables, be it at home or at work. Charging smartphones over USB is extremely convenient but security vendor Kaspersky Lab cautions that not every USB port is safe to use. The company noted that attackers can steal files and infect smartphones with malware over unsafe USB connections. Here’s what you need to know.

Google Engineer Warns Against Phones With Both USB-C And QuickCharge 3.0

We’ve mentioned before that some early USB-C cables aren’t built to specification and could damage your hardware. Turns out, the same may be true of some phones that include a USB-C port and support Qualcomm’s QuickCharge 3.0 technology.

New USB Type-C Authentication Protocol Can Protect Devices From Faulty Cables

Let’s face it. We have all bought cheap USB cables from shady merchants in the past. I’m charging my phone with one of those cables right now. But there is always a risk that a dodgy USB cable can do damage to a device it is connected to. USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF), the group in which certifies USB devices, has announced a new protocol to fight against non-compliant USB Type-C cables. Here’s what you need to know.

New 'Undetectable' Malware Found On USB devices

A new form of data-stealing Trojan malware which spreads through USB devices and can make itself extremely difficult to detect has been found by security company ESET. Here’s what you need to know.

Buy Safe USB Type-C Cables By Checking The Plug And Its Certifications

USB Type-C cables are great because they’re reversible and support the latest, fastest USB spec, but some cables are so poorly made they can ruin your expensive hardware. Here are a few tips for buying ones that are safe.

How To Build A Cheap DIY, Programmable Macro Keypad

Custom macro keypads are great for shortcuts in video games, document editing, or anywhere else a good keyboard shortcut comes in handy. The problem is they tend to get expensive, especially when you look at higher-end models. Luckily, it’s easy and cheap to build your own.

Add A USB Hub With A Case To A Raspberry Pi Zero

The Raspberry Pi Zero has only one USB port, but you can always add more with a powered USB hub. Over on Circuitbeard, they show off how to do so in a fashionable way.

The Kenu Car Kit Keeps Your Phone (and A Friend's) Mounted And Powered Anywhere You Go

The Kenu Airframe is one of our favourite smartphone car mounts, but the team behind it just unveiled a new car kit that includes an Airframe+, capable of securing large phones like the Nexus 6P, and their new DualTrip fast phone charger, which can charge your phone and a passenger’s while you drive.

Hack USB To Improve Security While Charging

It’s seriously handy to charge your devices via any available USB port, but it’s also a data and malware security risk, depending on configuration. It’s feasible to hack USB connectivity to lessen the risks.

Ask LH: What Should I Look Out For When Buying A USB Charger?

Hey Lifehacker, With all the discussion recently about the pitfalls of buying cheap micro-USB wall chargers off eBay or from markets, what is the best way to buy a fast charging but safe charger, without paying a fortune for it?

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