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Where To Buy E-Cigarettes?

If you have decided to make the switch from smoking regular tobacco cigarettes to e-cigs, you are probably wondering where you can buy them from. The good news is that these days, it is very easy to find e-cigarettes and vaping gear, both online and in bricks and mortar stores near you, and depending on where you live, you may well have an impressive choice to select from.

Buying In Person

buying e-cigs in shop

If you feel more comfortable making your first few purchases of e-cigarettes in person, in most areas you shouldn’t have too much difficulty in finding a dedicated vaping store close to home. There are now many stores which are dedicated to vaping merchandise, and which stock a wide range of e-liquids, devices and other equipment to enhance your vaping experience. One of the best reasons to go to a bricks and mortar store is that you have the opportunity to discuss your purchase with the staff and to get their advice in a face to face environment.

As well as receiving useful information about the best devices to suit your needs, you can also talk to an expert about how to get the most out of your experience. On the downside, however, you will not have access to the full range of e-cigarettes on the market today, since only some of the available models will be in stock. Also, as the vaping store acts essentially as a middle man between you and the supplier, the prices will generally be higher too.

You will almost certainly find that you can buy vaping products from many general retailers too, such as supermarkets and gas stations, however you should almost certainly avoid purchasing your device in this way as often the brands will be low quality and will probably be more expensive than those you would find online. As the staff will have no specialist training in vaping devices, they will not be able to offer you helpful advice about your purchase and so you might end up with something that doesn’t suit your needs.

Buying Online


buying online

One of the main questions I have seen on German speaking forums is something like: Wo kann man Akkuträger Box Mod kaufen? And the main answer almost always is – online!

Buying online represents the most convenient way for many people to buy e-cigarettes, either because they do not have a local vaping store or because they don’t want to go through the time consuming hassle of actually going to a shop and choosing a product in person. When buying online, you have the benefit of an enormous range of devices to select from as you have the opportunity to select from pretty much every product that has ever been developed. As an added bonus, you can usually get the best deals when shopping online as there are frequently online only discounts which you can benefit from when buying over the internet. 

There are other benefits to buying online too. You can quickly and easily check the reviews of any product that you are interested in to determine whether or not it really is the best vaping device to suit your needs. You can find both expert and user reviews on all of the most popular products on the internet and by simply reading through a few of these, you will be able to get an idea about the quality of the product. This will prevent you from making a costly purchasing mistake and ending up with a vaping device that doesn’t meet your needs.

On the downside, when you buy online you do need to wait for your product to be delivered, and this can take a few days depending on the site that you are ordering from. Another potential problem is that you may end up with a poor quality product. While many of the e-cigarettes advertised online are excellent quality and will offer you a great vaping experience, some are very poor and may even be dangerous. That’s why it’s extremely important to read reviews before you buy. If you want to be absolutely certain that you are getting what you pay for, you should go direct to one of the manufacturer’s websites and make your purchase from there so that you can be guaranteed that you are buying a high quality vape, all with the added convenience of being delivered right to your doorstep.

Is Your E-Cig A Spy?

Your electronic cig may be doing more than giving you pleasure. It is a digital device that hackers could have repurposed into a tool that can invade cyber security systems. You’re probably looking at your e-cig right now trying to figure out how they could possibly do this, right?

Well, that USB port that you use to charge your e-cig is a hacker’s entrance. Computer security experts have found that hackers are using these devices to attack computers by intruding with network traffic or making the e-cig see the vape a being a keyboard or a mouse.

can ecigs infect your computer

With 20 lines (or less) of code, the computer can download an arbitrary file that is potentially dangerous and run it. Fortunately, e-cigs don’t have that much space to hose any such code. Most malware, such as “The WannaCry” malware, will use anywhere from 4 to 5MB of space, and an e-cig doesn’t have that much space in it.

Healthy For You But Not Your Computer

After searching all traditional means of malware entry, an executive’s computer was found to be the entry point. The executive had been using his laptop to charge up his e-cig that was made in China. The charger was hardcoded with the malware and when the executive plugged it into the USB port, the malware signaled home and the company’s entire system was infected.

This isn’t the first time something like this has happened though. Malware on a production line has been around and infected MP3 players, digital photo frames, and more. One instance was in 2008, when a batch of Samsung digital phot frames had malware on the install disc.

The Bad USB Device

Just as much of a concern are the proof-of-concept attacks recently called “BadUSB”. USB devices are reprogrammed at the hardware level and the USB controller chips that are widely used, such as thumb drives, are not protected from this type of reprogramming.

What Can Be Done To Keep Info Safe?

The first step is to make sure your computer has a security patch installed and you have a strong password to lock it when you’re away.  And instead of plugging your electronic cigarette into the USB port to charge it, use a standard outlet. Yes, that is one of the benefit features of e-cigs, but it is also a way to get to your computer. And most important, never allow your computer to be used for charging up anyone else’s devices, electronic cigarette or otherwise.

So, are we saying put away that electronic cigarette and go back to the traditional tobacco uses? Absolutely not! But, we are advising to use extreme caution before charging your vapor filled device on your computer whether its desktop or laptop.

But it doesn’t hurt to use this caution with anything you may plug into your USB port does it? Just as there are great minds creating wonderful things like e-cigs, there are just as great minds creating evil things like malware attacks and viruses.

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