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#1 pyts

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Posted 29 December 2015 - 05:53 AM

Please advise any possible way to minimize the risk of using bluetooth on mobile phone?  Does the installation of mobile anti-security software help to resolve the issue?

 

Any security advice of using bluetooth on smart swatch?



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Posted 29 December 2015 - 10:32 AM

What is your actual concern?  While Bluetooth, like any wired or wireless data transfer method, is not 100% secure it's not as though random passers-by can pair with your devices unless you have them in perpetually discoverable mode.

 

By its very nature Bluetooth covers only very short distances and requires both devices to have been paired.  I'm quite sure someone, somewhere has figured out a way to hack Bluetooth, but I wouldn't be particularly concerned that this is relevant to my day-to-day use of Bluetooth devices.


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Posted 30 December 2015 - 09:37 PM

My concern is security.  High technology provides us the platform for data transmission but at the same time it exposes us to predators.



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Posted 30 December 2015 - 11:36 PM

That concern is so generic that it's difficult to address.  Bluetooth has a lot of similarities (plus some differences) to WiFi that uses security, that is, is not able to be connected to without a password.  Bluetooth requires pairing.  Random passers by can't just connect to your Bluetooth devices unless they're in discovery/discoverable mode, and no one leaves a device in this state except when pairing.

 

Anyone with enough will to hack Bluetooth could certainly do so, just like anything else.  If you're using Bluetooth in the manner it was designed to be used, for very short range connections to devices that are generally all located on your body or within a few feet of each other there's almost nothing to be concerned about.  I still don't understand what, exactly, your concern is.  Basic security, not high security, is a built-in feature of Bluetooth itself.

 

Finally, let me DuckDuckGo That For You, and more specifically, see what the NSA has to say, and they have a lot more to worry about than the guy/gal on the street does.


Edited by britechguy, 30 December 2015 - 11:50 PM.

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