1. Using untrusted USB drives: Avoid using USB drives from untrusted sources or unknown vendors, as they may come with pre-installed malware or other malicious code. Stick with well-known brands and reputable vendors.
2. Clicking on suspicious files: Be cautious when opening files from USB drives, especially if they are from an unfamiliar source or have an unusual file extension. Always scan files with antivirus software before opening them.
3. Not encrypting sensitive data: Encryption adds an extra layer of security to your data, preventing unauthorized access in case of theft or loss. Use encryption software to secure sensitive data on your USB drive.
4. Using USB drives in public computers: Avoid using your USB drive in public computers, such as internet cafes or libraries, as they may be infected with malware or have other security vulnerabilities.
5. Not scanning USB drives before use: Always scan USB drives with antivirus software before using them, even if they are from a trusted source. Malware can spread quickly through USB drives.
6. Leaving USB drives unattended: Never leave your USB drive unattended, even for a short period of time. An attacker could easily steal it and access your sensitive data.
7. Falling for social engineering tactics: Attackers may use social engineering tactics, such as disguising a USB drive as a legitimate device, to trick users into plugging it into their computer. Be wary of USB drives from unknown sources.
8. Using USB killer devices: USB killer devices are designed to destroy your computer’s USB port or other components. Avoid using USB drives from unknown sources or vendors to reduce the risk of falling victim to a USB killer device.
9. Sharing devices with others: Sharing portable media devices with others can be risky. You never know what kind of files or data might be on someone else’s device, so it’s best to avoid sharing unless it’s absolutely necessary.
10. Not using write protection: Some portable media devices come with write protection features that prevent data from being deleted or overwritten. If you have sensitive data that you don’t want to be accidentally deleted or modified, make sure to use write protection.
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