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Stop Leaving Your Smartphone's Bluetooth On

Stop Leaving Your Smartphone's Bluetooth On
From Lifehacker - September 16, 2017

If you always leave Bluetooth on your phone on, you might want to rethink things.

A vulnerability known as BlueBorne was discovered this week by security research firm Armis. With it, researchers were able to infiltrate Samsung Galaxy Phones and the Google Pixel as well as an LG Sports Watch and a car audio system, all by exploiting the Bluetooth connection.

Other devices are also vulnerable. Specifically, iPhones and iPads that havent been upgraded to iOS 10, as well as a number of other Android, Microsoft, and Linux products. A BlueBorne attack reportedly only takes 10 seconds to do and can give a hacker control of your Bluetooth-enabled device, even if it isnt connected to anything when the attack begins.

Google and Microsoft put out security patches to get rid of the vulnerability this week. If you havent updated your phone in the past few days, you should go ahead and do that right now. No really, do it now.

The issue brings up a much bigger problem: you shouldnt be leaving your Bluetooth on in the first place.

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