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Enjoying wireless connectivity is all about balancing convenience with security. Bluetooth devices, such as wireless headsets, speakers and microphones, make it easy to seamlessly take hands-free calls while driving or to move around freely while listening to your favorite music, among other use cases. Using these devices does represent a security trade-off, though. Open Bluetooth […]
Cellphone overheating is a real risk that can dramatically impact the functionality of your device. To avoid this issue, turn off your Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections if you’re not actively using them. Then, turn down your brightness, and exit any minimized programs running in the background. For help with this last part, you may have […]
Bluetooth access can serve as an entry point to your laptop or mobile device for malicious actors, and leaving it on could drain the battery. Try alternatives that allow you to reduce the attack surface while lasting longer on a single charge. For instance, if you play music from an external source, plug in using […]
Cybercriminals often use Bluetooth channels as a way to invade peoples’ smartphones. For user convenience, iPhone and Android devices automatically leave Bluetooth on. So to avoid receiving unwanted AirDrop spam, remember to always switch Bluetooth (and Wi-Fi) off when you’re done using it.
If you’re using the same network as strangers, set limits for file sharing so that nobody can intercept your messages or send you unwanted files. If you’re on a Mac, go to Finder, click on AirDrop, then find the setting called “allow me to be discovered by” and switch it to “no one.” You can […]
Bluetooth is a technology that allows devices to communicate with each other without cables or wires. It is an electronics “standard,” which means that manufacturers that want to include this feature have to incorporate specific requirements into their electronic devices. These specifications ensure that the devices can recognize and interact with other devices that use […]
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