USB Condoms: The Latest Protection for Devices


This is no joke folks, the latest protection for USB connected devices is actually called a USB Condom. While not exactly resembling a real condom, you have to admit that the name choice was bound to create a fair amount of attention – clever marketing? Even the manufacturers admit that the name started off as a bit of a joke:

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USBCondoms started off mostly as a joke, but addresses a very real operational need (which strangely wasn’t already addressed). Which is, the need to restrict data (and not power) in USB cables. In this way computers and other USB ports can be used only for their power without accidental data sync or the potential for malicious attacks. USB Condoms can also act as a “protective barrier” when charging devices in public/unknown charging stations.

The USB Condom is a small and unobtrusive dongle that sits between the device and any untrusted USB port, allowing the device to be recharged without fear of data being stolen or the device infected with malware. It works by electronically disabling the connector’s data pins, which effectively converts the USB cable into charge-only, thereby preventing data from being transferred to or from the device.

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USB Condoms are available in three different sizes; jumbo, normal, and wee – just kidding, they are actually Type A, Mini B, and Micro B, at $9.99us each (discounts for bulk purchases apply).

 

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Jim Hillier

Jim is the resident freeware aficionado at DCT. A computer veteran with 30+ years experience who first started writing about computers and tech back in the days when freeware was actually free. His first computer was a TRS-80 in the 1980s, he progressed through the Commodore series of computers before moving to PCs in the 1990s. Now retired (aka an old geezer), Jim retains his passion for all things tech and still enjoys building and repairing computers for a select clientele... as well as writing for DCT, of course.

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