Bluetooth Hacking | How to Protect Yourself

Most people use Bluetooth technology. You use Bluetooth technology with your smartphone, digital assistants, portable speakers, tablets, home security and automation equipment. This list of devices using Bluetooth technology is virtually endless.

It’s estimated that there will be nearly 10 billion Bluetooth enabled devices in use by the end of 2018!

Hackers recognize Bluetooth technology as a gateway to do their dirty work. Cyberthreats posed by these criminals is real and leaves almost any Bluetooth device open to attack.

CVE-2018-5383 Bluetooth Hack

About one month ago, the latest Bluetooth hack was reported. It affected millions of devices. Tracked as CVE-2018-5383, this hack affected all operating systems.

About one year ago, a major attack called BlueBorne was exposed. Again, it impacted millions of devices. Apple, Android, iOS, Linux and Windows.

Unlike conventional cyber attacks which require victims to click on a link or open an infected file, these attacks spread through the air via the Bluetooth technology.

When Bluetooth is activated, hackers have control and spread malware that is undetectable to the average user. And when one infected device comes in range of another, the infection spreads like a wildfire.

How to Prevent Bluetooth Hacking

We advised you to take the following precautions to prevent Bluetooth hacking:

  • Turn off Bluetooth when not in use. This makes it much harder for hackers to discover your device. And if they can’t discover it, they can’t hack it!
  • Never connect to public Wi-Fi networks. These are considered “unsecure” connections and should be avoid. Disable automatic connections to public networks. Keep your devices away from unsecured sources.
  • Set up your own virtual protected network. Called “VPNs,” these are secure networks you can connect to while out and about. Some are free. Find a list of top rated VPNs here. Go to your app store for more details.
  • Update your software. Manufacturers are constantly updating software to fix bugs and vulnerabilities. Make sure you keep the latest software versions active on your devices.
  • Change your passwords. It’s a best practice to regularly change your passwords for enhanced online security.
  • Don’t accept pairing requests from unknown parties.

The threats from Bluetooth hackers are real. Follow these safety practices to greatly reduce your risks.

 

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