How to Secure Your Bluetooth Networks and Devices

How to Secure Your Bluetooth Networks and Devices

Bluetooth is a wireless technology which enable devices between short distances to share files. These devices include mobile phones, computers and earphones. This wireless technology provides many advantages such as its ability to transfer files up to 1 megabit per second (the second version can transfer files as fast as 3 megabits per second) and it is also inexpensive making it a viable solution to anyone who needs to transfer files quickly without the need of cables. So how do you keep your network secure? Here are some tips to help you out.

1. Configure your device so that you have to approve any user connection requests. Changing the settings will vary from device to device but most devices with a GUI should have a settings page which will enable you to change the security level of your network.

2. Always turn your Bluetooth network OFF whenever its not in use.


If possible, install antivirus or antispyware software on your device to minimize the chances of infection on your device.

4. Know your enemy. How do people access your networks without your consent? Some extreme programs enables the perpetrator to view your files, text messages and even control your phone when they have gained access through bluetooth. Always look around to make sure there is no one suspicious when you are transferring important files through any wireless networks.

5. Ensure a PIN is set up when you are transferring files with another person. Most devices in default mode will ask you to include a PIN when connecting with other bluetooth enabled devices.