10 Steps For Protecting Your Bluetooth Device
1.Always upgrade.-Make sure the software and firmware on your Bluetooth devices, especially cell phones, are the latest versions.
2. Disappear- Place all Bluetooth-enabled devices in a nondiscoverable mode. You can make this setting through a software menu on your handheld.
3. Scramble your data- Encrypt everything stored on your device so that in the event of a hack, the information is protected.
4. Don’t jot things down- Avoid storing usernames, passwords or other sensitive information on a Bluetooth-enabled device.
5. Be smart- Avoid pairing with unknown devices.
6. Change your PIN- A personal identification number is normally needed for pairing. Make yours at least eight characters long and alphanumeric. Hackers have demonstrated ways of intercepting simple PINs.
7. Be discrete- In theory, device-to-device connections could be monitored by a third person. For maximum security, don’t pair in public or in a crowded area.
8. Sniff the air- To protect your agency, it’s important to monitor for suspicious Bluetooth behavior. A hardware/software system such as BlueWatch could help you keep track of Bluetooth activity.
9. Location- Bluetooth attackers need to be close—within 10 meters—so if you’re getting attacked, move to another area and note who’s following you.
10. Power down- For maximum security, turn off your Bluetooth features when not using them.