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Safer smoking

People all over Great Britain have been, and are, quitting smoking or reducing their smoking via electronic cigarettes (e-cigs) and vapes.  [The only difference is the e-cigs look like cigarettes].  They use batteries to charge a coil.  The coil heats up the liquid, turning it to vapour which is then inhaled.

Vapes can contain different levels of nicotine, from 24mg down to none at all.  [I know people who use nicotine free liquid as they want to quit the habit but not the experience.]  It’s also better for everyone else as the second-hand smoke issue no longer exists.

The trouble is, as the Guardian highlights, USB chargers (for anything) aren’t always safe.  Aside from the batteries heating as they charge, there’s the risk of malware.  This can turn your nice new PC in to anything from a host for annoying adverts (are they any other kind?) to a means of giving unknown levels of control of your data to someone half way around the world.  However, the solution is simple.

Any USB hub can remedy this for you.  Grab yourself a cheap USB hub, take it apart and cut the middle two cables.  Leave only the red and black cables intact (1 and 4).  Put it back together again and your USB hub can charge your devices without any data being transferred.  If any adware/malware/Trojan horses or viruses are hard-coded into the charger, they can’t go anywhere.

Of course, the alternative is to never charge anything from your PC, but we don’t always have that option.

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