It’s safe to say 2020 managed to wreak havoc on every industry, including the music business. Concerts were canceled, tours were indefinitely postponed, and it seemed like the much-anticipated albums of 2021 would be put on hold as well. Fortunately for us, things are looking up, and there’s a lot to look forward to this year from some of our favorite artists.
Billie Eilish’s Second Album
Judging by the reminiscent pop hit “Therefore I Am,” the neon-haired 19-year-old singer is working on solidifying her signature introverted sound, which we first heard in When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? — arguably one of the best debut albums of the decade. In a December interview for Vanity Fair, Billie announced that she and her brother Finneas are ready with the new album where fans will get to hear 16 songs.
The Album of All Albums: Drake’s Certified Lover Boy
An artist like Drake does not do well outside of the spotlight, and after a year of keeping a relatively low profile, he’s finally teasing something fresh and new. The upcoming album bears a title that’s so quintessentially Drake that we can only hope the songs on the record are just as iconic.
Lorde’s Antarctica Inspiration
Exactly two years ago, in February 2019, Lorde took a trip to Antarctica that she says really inspired her to work on new music. Although there hasn’t been a release date or an album title yet, the Melodrama singer hinted she’s already in the recording studio with producer Jack Antonoff, so it’s all a matter of time at this point.
Lana Del Rey’s Postponed Chemtrails Over the Country Club
It’s been a really long time since we’ve had a new album from Lana and Chemtrails promises a bit of everything that makes her trippy style unique — goldfish in plastic bags, Old Hollywood imagery, and, well, werewolves. That’s certainly at the top of the most anticipated albums of 2021.
Juice Jacking and How Hackers Use Public USB Ports to Steal Data
People probably don’t put much thought into cybersecurity when they travel. They might not think twice about plugging their phones into a charging station at the train station or airport, but they totally should. Public USB ports might be hiding malware that can easily infect every device and steal personal data.
A tweet from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office warned those who travel to not use the public USB chargers. This sparked interest in so-called “juice jacking,” where hackers would plant malware into the charging ports. Here are some of the dangers to watch out for the next time you decide to take a trip.
What Is Juice Jacking?
It happens when a hacker tampers with a USB charging port or the cable that’s attached to it. He or she installs malware on the device that gets plugged into it. This is reported by Paige Hanson, who is chief of identity education at NortonLifeLock.
She shares with a famous journal via mail that once a device is plugged in, it becomes infected. Then, the virus itself sends a full backup of the device directly to the attacker. The malware can be programmed to install fake applications on the phone that mimic well-known ones. This is another way of nabbing your personal information and spying on your phone.
How to Protect Phone Data
It can be almost impossible to tell whether or not a USB has been tampered with. Hanson says that it’s best not to take any chances on public USB charging ports. Specialists agree that charging at your office or home using your own portable charger or a regular outlet with your own charging cable is the best way to avoid any malware from corrupting the data on your phone.
While a hacked USB sounds dangerous, it’s far from the only cybersecurity threat you might face while taking a trip. Many experts share that juice jacking is actually pretty rare. In fact, nearly all of them agreed that public WiFi networks are a much greater danger while traveling. This is because hackers can set up fake WiFi hotspots in public places and harvest data. The next time you decide to take a trip, bring a fully charged portable battery or use your own charging cable that’s plugged directly on an electrical outlet instead.