Juice jacking attacks prey on smartphone users suffering from low battery. The attackers set up free charging kiosks in public places in hopes to tempt people into plugging in for a few moments. Little do victims know the cables are connected to malicious computers within the kiosk that steal sensitive information from phones as soon as they are connected.
Any time you are using an unknown wireless network, you should take precautions against eavesdroppers. Coffee shops, internet cafes, and airport terminals are prime locations for attackers. See Network Security under Best Practices below.
Device theft, loss, and tampering
Millions of mobile phones are lost or stolen every year. Encrypting the data on your phone and using a password are important steps to preventing data theft. Having a limit for the number of times a password can be incorrectly entered before the device is wiped of personal data is also useful. We don't want the attacker to have unlimited attempts at guessing your password!