Bluetooth: Is it a Security Threat?

by Deb Shinder
Sept. 1, 2017 0 comments TechGenix mobile & wireless security

I know many experienced computer users who never give a thought to Bluetooth. “Oh, yeah, I think that’s built into my laptop but I never use it” is a common refrain. Initially touted as the technology that would finally free us from the horrors of multiple tangled cables and cords, Bluetooth didn’t catch on as quickly as expected. Until recently, there just weren’t that many useful (with the emphasis on “useful”) Bluetooth devices available – at least, not for desktop computing. Users of handheld computers (such as my iPaq) adopted the technology more quickly, as it allowed us to easily attach portable keyboards, headsets, printers, etc. to our portable devices (which often don’t have a bunch of connection ports like desktops and laptops do). Bluetooth-enabled cell phones allow you to connect a PDA or portable computer to the Internet through them.