Hardly a week goes by without a headline on the news about yet another security breach. If it’s not the U.S. government, it’s a giant retailers. If it’s not a bank, it’s a company that stores credit card numbers and account information.
The answer to the question, “Is nothing online secure anymore?” reminds me of birth control. It doesn’t always work as planned.
The latest scary story has to do with built-in vulnerabilities in USB itself which could allow your Mac or PC or smartphone or tablet to be compromised as easily as plugging a USB cable into the device. Apparently, very smart hackers can infiltrate your machine or device when you plug in a USB drive, or use USB to power a mobile device, simply by leaving nasty code on the USB connector.
Your device can be infected simply by connecting to a USB device. What the world needs is obvious. A USB condom. Or, rather, The USB Condom.
This clever little device is a sign of the times. How it works is much like a condom. It’s a dongle (honestly, you can’t make up this stuff) that connects between your Mac or PC and your mobile device that allows only power to be transferred; no syncing or Finder Desktop connecting or any other communication allowed.
Like a condom, The USB Condom allows a connection, but doesn’t allow the transfer of anything except the powered needed to recharge the mobile device. So, whatever is on your mobile device stays there, and it’s less likely to be infected by a virus living in the USB connector (why hasn’t this been covered on late night talk shows?).
Come one; dongle, virus, infections, plugging in?
What’s interesting here is the use of the term “USB condom” which, to me at least, is more appropriate than say, a computer firewall. A firewall is more akin to a chastity belt or abstinence because it prohibits connections. A USB condom works more like a condom because the connection takes place, but nothing valuable gets transferred.
Honestly, this stuff just writes itself.