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Since your device has Bluetooth capabilities, it also has the capability to be hacked. Today if you own a smartphone, you are walking around with a small computer in your pocket. What is Bluetooth Technology? Bluetooth is peer-to-peer based network technology. Due to this, the technology lacks management over security issues. This could eventually cause you grief. The fact that this technology is now standard on many electronic devices, from speakers to smartphones, paired with the lack of security functions, makes Bluetooth an easy entrance point for hackers.
If malicious hackers can find a way to infiltrate company networks via bluetooth, ethical hackers should know how to as well in order to prevent such vulnerable entry points. It is fairly simple for hackers to find a way onto your phone. Hackers can the technology to gain access to your device. Proportionally, it is just as simple to arm your smartphone against hackers.
Here are three popular methods hackers use to gain access into your smartphone and preventative tips to help you stop hackers. Bluejacking Bluejacking is probably the most common form of Bluetooth hacking.
This form of hacking is rather childish and harmless. It was once used mainly to prank people in the past when mobile devices came with Bluetooth that was automatically set to discoverable.
Bluejacking is used today for spam messaging and the hackers who use this do it just to frustrate others. The method does not give hackers access to your phone or the information on it. The best way to deal with Bluejacking is to ignore the messages if you receive them. This will prevent Bluejacking and the next two popular forms of hacks. Bluesnarfing This form of hack is more serious then Bluejacking and can leave open some of the private information stored on your smartphone.
This is made possible through software. A hacker may purchase software that allows them to request information from your device. The information stolen may seem important to you, but it might not be as precious as banking information.
That data can be accessed by hacking your device through Bluebugging. Bluebugging If a hacker Bluebugs your phone, they gain total access and control of your device. This makes it capable for them to access all info including photos, apps. Bluebugging can happen when your device is left in the discoverable state. From here hackers gain access to your phone at the same point they do when performing Bluejacks. This is a much harder form of hacking than Bluesnarfing and Bluejacking.
Although this is only feasible on older phones with outdated firmware. Newer smartphones and their owners are less likely to have this happen to them because of the constant updates mobile operating systems perform. Also, staying away from open Wi-Fi networks in busy or untrustworthy locations minimizes the risk of falling victim to hackers. I listed the most basic, yet effective ways of doing so.
This additional blog post also gives you a list of the top 10 daily threats to your personal security. So turn your Bluetooth off and relax.
What is Bluejacking? - Definition, Tools & Prevention
Learn how and when to remove this template message This Siemens M75 is bluejacking the Sony Ericsson Ki pictured below. The text at the bottom of the screen reads "Add to contacts? Bluejacking is the sending of unsolicited messages over Bluetooth to Bluetooth-enabled devices such as mobile phones , PDAs or laptop computers , sending a vCard which typically contains a message in the name field i. Bluetooth has a very limited range, usually around 10 metres
Bluejacking, Bluesnarfing and Bluebugging… Oh My!