Nathan Byrne in this Newsy video of Sept. 13, 2013 tells about the latest data-protection gadget - the USB Condom. Hacking into somebody's device or PC via a power cord or station was revealed some time ago. The folks at Int3.cc have come up with a portable add-on/s solution to stopping the "hactivity" known as "juice jacking". The USB Condoms hit the news feeds when it posted on Twitter the previous night. You can follow the inventor - and tweeter - by linking to Stephen A. Ridley.
Even though you do have to do some assembly of the device (soldering, and so on?) the "Osprey" USB condom is currently sold out - or rather not for sale. The white hat site - Krebs On Security - told how some "free" charging kiosks in waiting areas are actually physical hacking sites. The kiosks are set up to extract your valuable data while you charge up your smartphone or, presumably, other devices. The link has been long since lost but it was shown that data thieves can access your keystrokes through power cords. Perhaps the USB condoms/devices could prove useful for the same protections.
As the article points out, those under stress or just in a hurry may not use the simplest of smartphone protections. Just turn off your smartphone or device while charging up. Of course, this may not always be feasible. Especially if you are working on your work computer - the folks at Int3.cc also suggest their USB condoms for safe computer practice. Oh by the way, the makers use a Wikipedia entry (INT 3) to explain their company name.
The USB A and USB Micro-B devices are reported to be available next week - the week of September 16, 2013. They have a product ready for security researchers and developers - the "Face Dancer" (USB Emulator/USB Fuzzer). FD does not seem suitable to the needs of the average smartphone/gadget user. Again the Osprey is not yet ready - or sold out? But if you are an "average" smartphone user it may be best for you to purchase the USB Condoms when they become available again. See their blog for more info on the twitter posts.