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Thought it was safe to use a USB port in your rental car? It could be stealing your info.


Thought it was safe to use a USB port in your rental car? It could be stealing your info.

WATCH  | The Better Business Bureau has advised renters to avoid using USB ports in rental cars. 



BBB: Avoid USB ports 

When you rent a car, you probably want to check out all the features the vehicle has to offer, which usually includes USB ports for your phone. 

But these "connected cars" could actually store information from a tablet or smartphone -- information that can be accessed later by someone else. 

David Quinlan from the Better Business Bureau warns to avoid syncing up phones or devices to a rental car, even for charging batteries.


You're better to use a cigarette lighter adapter to charge instead of the USB port.
David Quinlan, Better Business Bureau

Quinlan urges renters to either not connect at all, or delete the device from the car's entertainment system before returning the vehicle.

Any stored data can potentially be accessed by the next person who rents the car. 


What kind of info? That data can tell someone where you went and even a complete list of all the people you've called on your contact list.  

To read more about how to protect your phone's personal information when renting a car, visit <b>www.consumerftc.gov </b>

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