Tips to Prevent Hacking of Your Bluetooth



Bluetooth technology, of course, allows you freedom when talking on your cell phone. But you’ll lose other freedoms if you don’t prevent scammers from exploiting your system via a trend called “bluebugging.”

Beware, cybercriminals using software, are able to intercept your Bluetooth signal to hack into your phone.

This, of course, means all your data, photos and call history are at-risk.

In addition, hackers are also making long distance calls at the expense of bluebugging victims.

On its Web site, the Better Business Bureau (BBB), www.bbb.org, warns about another bluebugging scam.

“Recently, the newest scheme is for scammers to set up a pay-per-minute phone number,” according to the BBB.

“Then, they hang out in a busy area and hack into phones. Scammers use the phones to dial the number and rack up charges by the minute,” warns the organization.

For protection, here are BBB’s bluebugging tips:

— Always use a minimum of eight characters in your PIN. The longer your code, the more difficult it is to crack.

— Switch Bluetooth into “not discoverable” mode when you aren’t using it. If you make a call from your car, be sure to switch it off when you get out. Crowded public places are top spots for hackers.

— Don’t accept pairing requests from unknown parties. If you happen to pair your phone with a hacker’s computer, then all your data will be at risk.

— When pairing devices for the first time, do so at home or in the office.

— Make sure you download and install regular security updates. Device manufactures will release updates to address threats and correct weaknesses.

The BBB also suggests checking out www.bluetooth.com for more tips.

From the Coach’s Corner, related security tips:

BYOD, Mobile-Banking Warnings about Security Prove Prophetic — Not to be gauche, but in 2009 you saw the Internet security warning here first – mobile banking is so risky an IT security guru said don’t do it. The warning was prophetic.

Who Profits from Android’s Security Issues? Not Users. — A government task force, the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has issued a dire warning about malware. In particular, it’s a threat to Android users.

Surprise — Cyber Criminals Chew up Apple Products, too — For years in terms of security, Windows has been considered inferior to Macs. But no longer thanks to malware security epidemics. If you’ve got an iPhone, get busy. Apple continues to have security issues. Apple was forced on Feb. 21, 2014 to fix a vulnerability with iOS 7.0.6

Identity Fraud Escalates in Smartphones, Social Media — Skyrocketing mobile malware threats amid widespread use of BYOD, bring your own devices, will lead to a $1.88 billion services market in 2013.

8 Tips to Avoid Being Victimized by Phishing Scams —  Despite all the publicity about phishing scams, even employees at a major health provider and university system are guilty of risking personal data, including medical information and Social Security numbers, for thousands of people.

Protect Your Bank Accounts So You Can Sleep at Night — Imagine for a moment — you’re sitting at your desk enjoying a second cup of morning coffee. Then, your phone rings. It’s a call from your bank to discuss possible fraud. Your bank is concerned about possible suspicious activity with your accounts, and wants to make sure you’re not a victim.

“In modern business it is not the crook who is to be feared most, it is the honest man who doesn’t know what he is doing.”

 -William Wordsworth


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