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Should I worry about Bluetooth?

Opinion
Dec 01, 20032 mins
BluetoothCellular NetworksNetwork Security

It seems like more and more of the laptops, PDAs and cell phones being bought by my company are coming with Bluetooth. I understand what Wi-Fi is and we’ve taken steps to control its use. Is Bluetooth something we should be concerned about?

It seems like more and more of the laptops, PDAs and cell phones being bought by my company are coming with Bluetooth. I understand what Wi-Fi is and we’ve taken steps to control its use. Is Bluetooth something we should be concerned about?Wi-Fi, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t become familiar with it. The range available with Bluetooth is more than you might think. Depending on the strength of the particular Bluetooth transmitter, you may find you can do more than just connect your cell phone to a headset or print a document from your PDA to a printer.www.bluetooth.org .Linux on a laptop and get a copy of a tool called Redfang. This will let you see what might otherwise go undetected.

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You should be concerned about Bluetooth. While not as widely available in some cases as 

The Bluetooth protocol has three security modes to start – no security, application/service-based or PIN authentication/MAC address. This is an important area to understand because some devices may ship with Bluetooth enabled yet no security enabled. If this device contains sensitive company information, it could be ripe for the picking and give out information to whoever happens to be close by. You can get more information about what Bluetooth is capable at

Depending on the vendor, Bluetooth devices may ship with included tools that will find other Bluetooth gear with little or no security enabled. To find other Bluetooth devices in your building, you’ll need to set up