Whether you’re a student, business professional, or someone looking for a little extra storage, USB flash drives are a great option to satisfy your storage needs. However, there are some risks that you should be aware of when it comes to lost USB flash drives and this post will be discussing those risks and how to protect yourself against them.
Potential risks associated with lost USB flash drives
- Malware: Lost USB drives have the potential to carry various types of malware. This includes malware designed to steal your passwords, use your PC to mine cryptocurrency, and block your access to critical systems unless a ransom is paid. Each type of malware poses a high level of risk and can threaten your private information.
What to do if you find a USB flash drive
- Do not plug it into your PC: If you find a stray USB flash drive, do not plug it into your computer as it could contain malware that could put your private information at risk.
- Contact the PSU Information Desk: If you come across a stray USB flash drive on campus, you can bring it to the PSU Information Desk. The Information Security office will then scan the flash drive and try to return it to its rightful owner.
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