How to Protect Your Cell Phone from Bluetooth Hacking?

super-bluetooth-hacknew2009copyBluetooth is one of most used data transfer technologies in Bluetooth enabled cell phones and other devices like computers. It makes it very easy to transfer data from a cell phone to another cell phone or from cell phone to your computer and vice-versa. Since all the data transfer technologies have some cons, even Bluetooth hacking is also widely prevalent throughout the world.

Bluetooth hacking gives the hacker the access to sensitive information such as messages, emails, contact numbers, media files like audios, videos and photos, make phone calls and send text messages, etc.

Here are some easy to know tips to make sure that you do not become a victim of Bluetooth hacking:

  • Bluetooth hacking can only be done when your cell phone’s Bluetooth is switched on. Hence, keeping the cell phone in the undiscoverable mode or hidden mode is the best way to avoid Bluetooth hacks.
  • Make sure the device with which you are going to do Bluetooth pairing is a trusted one. You should enable the Bluetooth only when you need to do a data transfer. Once it is done, you should disable the Bluetooth.
  • When you keep your cell phone’s Bluetooth switched on, you may receive request for receiving data from an unknown source. You should not accept such a request from an unknown source.
  • When you connect to a Bluetooth device, make use of a password so that one can ensure total security while Bluetooth pairing. The password should be strong and should not be one that can be easily cracked. A combination of letters and numbers is enough. It would also be a good decision to change the password on a regular basis.
  • If you have a list of Bluetooth paired devices on your phone, go through it and delete those ones that you feel are untrustworthy.
  • Whenever you make a Bluetooth connection from your cell phone to a computer make sure you enable encryption. If you pair to a Bluetooth hacker’s computer, you will end up losing all your data.
  • Always confirm that you have the correct PIN code of your phone so that you can restore the factory settings of the phone incase the phone is hacked. Note this procedure will remove all the data such as contact numbers, text messages, etc.
  • Install an automatically updated antivirus on your cell phone to deal with any malicious programs that may have entered your cell phone due to Bluetooth hacking.

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