Stay Safe: Use A “USB Condom”

“If you’re going to run around plugging your phone into strange USB ports, at least be safe about it. ;-)”

Stay Safe: Use A “USB Condom”

A DIY security firm stumbled upon a genius method of branding for their latest gadget: is marketing “USB Condoms,” which protect electronic devices from accidental data exchange when connecting to another device. Sexy.

The USB Condoms work by cutting off the data pins in a standard connector and only allowing power pins to connect through. Creator Stephen A. Ridley markets it as a way to power up USB devices through random ports without worrying about hacking. Officials in the American military, Fortune 500 companies, and other high-value targets worry about USB attacks, since they’re a difficult but technologically possible way of obtaining information on high-value targets.

Customers can purchase the devices anytime after September 16. “It will be priced very very cheaply.”

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Based in sunny Los Angeles, Neal Ungerleider covers science and technology for Fast Company. He also works as a consultant, writes books, and does other things.



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