Bluetooth Safety Tips
On its surface, Bluetooth might seem to be wide open to assorted hackers, bluejackers (who send unwanted messages to your phone) and bluesnarfers (who steal personal data stored on your phone or laptop). But there's a lot you can do to protect your equipment, data and identity when using Bluetooth devices. Follow these simple precautions to stay safe:
- If you're using Bluetooth in public, be aware of those around you. Bluetooth's range is limited to between 15 and 45 feet, which means a digital burglar needs to be within your sight to break into your phone or laptop.
- Always use the strongest security and authentication settings available. Mode 3 is the best bet because it sets its security protocol before the link is set up.
- Delete any Bluetooth profiles you no longer use; they can give a hacker a backdoor.
- Always use a passcode - and always set your own rather than using the default setting for the device. Don't use obvious codes, and do change them frequently.
- Turn the phone or laptop's visibility setting to 'undiscoverable'.
- Never attempt to pair with a device you don't recognise. You never know who is out there or what they're trying to do.
This story, "10 Top Bluetooth Gadgets You Can't Live Without" was originally published by PC Advisor (UK).