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Whether at the airport, in the coworking space, at the conference or in the hotel room: There are public USB ports for charging the battery for smartphones, tablets and the like. But is that always just electricity that flows from A to B, or isn't data also drawn from B to A? If you want to make sure that no data is tapped and copied from your mobile phone while charging your smartphone, you can use a special adapter. In the following I have summarized where you can get this no-data adapter and how it works.
The PortaPow data block adapter will help you if you do not want to transfer data unintentionally or share personal information, contacts, pictures and passwords when you plug your smartphone into a USB charging port. The small adapter plug, which can also be referred to as a no-data plug, is available individually as SmartCharge red for approx. 6,50 EUR, in a pack of 2 for approx. EUR 11,50 and in a pack of 5 in black for approx. 28 EUR. And yes: In addition to USB-A plugs, there are also those with USB-C. You can buy all of this via this Amazon product page.
According to the manufacturer, the "PortaPow Data Block USB Adapter" not only offers anonymity when charging on public ports or on other people's computers, but also delivers faster charging times. Hence the name “SmartCharge”. The PortaPow SmartCharge chip, as stated in the product description, should automatically recognize the correct Apple or Android charging specification and thus achieve the fastest possible charging speed. A good extra for disabling data transfer mode. According to the manufacturer, the item is compatible with all Apple iPhone and Apple iPad models as well as micro USB devices such as Android smartphones and tablets.
But how does this little plug realize that charging is as fast as possible, but that no data can be queried from the device? Quite simply: the contacts that are necessary for the transfer of data are missing. A regular USB plug for data exchange, electrical power and the like has four contacts - two outer contacts for the electrical operation of the connected device or medium; and two inner ones for digital information.
The inside is missing, so that the manipulated charging port or the third-party computer can be equipped with software no matter how tricky it is. Contacts, pictures, videos, e-mails and the like are not spied on thanks to this connector. In this way, this little helper becomes a data blocker, ready to use anywhere and anytime, and secures your anonymity and your device against data theft. What do you think? Feel free to leave a comment!
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After graduating from high school, Johannes completed an apprenticeship as a business assistant specializing in foreign languages. But then he decided to research and write, which resulted in his independence. For several years he has been working for Sir Apfelot, among others. His articles include product introductions, news, manuals, video games, consoles, and more. He follows Apple keynotes live via stream.
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