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Security Update: BadUSB

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We all know we can get viruses and malware from various websites and shady emails, but did you know an untrustworthy USB device can do far more harm? The latest technology threat comes in small packages, such as USB storage, charging stations, and peripherals. An insecure USB device plugged into your computer, laptop, or phone can quickly corrupt your computer or device beyond repair. That doesn't mean a simple trip to a computer repair service or software update will fix your problem. That means your entire computer may just have to be thrown out. These bad devices are referred to as BadUSB.BadUSB Device

This scary truth is due to USB devices having no protection against reprogramming, allowing any number of compromising attacks. For example, a USB device can be programmed to simulate a keyboard and type commands into a person's computer. It may also be programmed to mimic a network device and redirect the traffic from that machine. It may also carry a virus that simply infects the computer on boot-up and write itself to the very core of the system. All of these scenarios are quite malicious and very damaging. Nowadays USB devices are plentiful, affordable, and quite accessible making the threat that much greater.

So how do you protect yourself from BadUSB? For starters, never plug an unknown device into your computer or device unless you know its source. Avoid untrustworthy charging stations, free USB storage devices, and unfamiliar peripheral devices. Use only devices you purchased new or have been using on only your devices for some time. For the most part, technology has some catching up to do so you should be seeing new, secure USB hitting the market with hardware preventing reprogramming of the device. As these versions of the devices you know become more readily available the threat will lessen and you can rest a bit easier. For now, be cautious and for more information please feel free to contact Anttix toll-free at 877-426-8849 or click here to contact us by email.

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