Forbes - Should You Plug That USB Drive Into Your Computer?

Posted on Oct 30, 2015 2:13:37 PM

You may have heard that it’s not exactly safe to stick strange USB sticks into your laptop or desktop computer. This advice is oft-repeated but also oft-ignored. A 2011 test run by the Department of Homeland Security showed that 60 percent of people who picked up random thumb drives or computer disks they surreptitiously dropped in government building and private contractor parking lots plugged the devices into office computers. If the thumb drive or CD case had an official logo, that figure jumped to 90 percent.

Senior Security Analyst Zachary Julian discusses the dangers of random USB drives and how people can take steps to protect themselves in this Forbes article: Should You Plug That USB Drive Into Your Computer? (Beware of Malware)

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