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Why you shouldn't plug in your phone during Uber rides!

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bob
151 Rider
 Posted 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Your personal contacts and data might be at risk! According to MarketWatch, they state,"be careful before asking your Uber driver to plug your phone in so you can listen to your own music during your ride. This data can be used to access a person’s contacts and, in a worst case scenario, gather more information for an attack"

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/always-do-this-before-returning-a-rental-car-or-exiting-an-uber-2018-08-27

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    RedANT
    851 Driver
     7 months ago

    Half the drivers are inept and can barely concentrate long enough to keep their car between the lines.  What do you think the odds are that the same driver will somehow hack a phone mid ride via your USB connection and use that information for an "attack?" 

    If your phone is at risk, the odds would probably indicate that your information is pretty secure in a moving Uber vehicle. 

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      StuffinMuffin
      743 Driver Rider
       7 months ago

      LOL.  Yeah.  Uber drivers are farthest from the hackers we see in tv shows.  

      I feel like this is made up news.  Is this REALLY a problem?  I mean, come on.  Even if I could download people's contacts, what the heck would I do with it?  Sell the list in Chinatown?

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    RedANT
    851 Driver
     7 months ago

    On a positive note, I wonder if we can now cite this "security issue" as justification for not providing a multitude of chargers, etc? 

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    donbon
     7 months ago

    Can this happen just from plugging your phone in to charge?!

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      LG-PA
      775 Driver
       7 months ago

      if the charger is plugged into the cigarett lighter, than I say No.

      If the cable is plugged into some USB port in the car, I guess it is possible