Since your device has Bluetooth capabilities, it also has the capability to be hacked. Today if you own a smartphone, you are walking around with a small computer in your pocket. What is Bluetooth Technology? Bluetooth is peer-to-peer based network technology. Due to this, the technology lacks management over security issues.
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Information Overload We live in a world where we are constantly bombarded by information. We see it when we read the newspaper with our morning coffee. We exchange it as we progress through the various activities of our day, and we pass by it on billboards when we drive. But if this is true, how does one go about getting their message heard?
How do they differentiate what they are saying from others? One of the more focused ways is through bluejacking. What is Bluejacking? Bluejacking is the sending of unsolicited messages, anonymously, over a Bluetooth connection. Bluetooth is a wireless connection technology, that over short distances, provides high-speed communication between Bluetooth enabled devices. As an example, consider the situation where you are walking along in a shopping mall, looking at the various store fronts.
You pull out your cell phone and start using it. While you are doing this, a person walks along behind you, creates a Bluetooth connection to your cell phone, and anonymously sends you a series of messages.
The messages sent can range from anonymous admiration to business opportunities. Think of it as another form of spam. Why is Bluejacking Important? As you might imagine, bluejacking can be a problem.
The messages appear without your control or consent. What would your reaction be to receiving a message that complimented you on your hair, or admired the clothes you were wearing? You might be flattered or curious. But what if the message was racially oriented, or sexually explicit?
The fact is that while bluejacking has some positive aspects, the negative aspects far outweigh them. Suspicious people close to you with devices in their hands are potential problems. Pay Attention - The messages will appear on your device. The sooner you realize they are there, the sooner you can take steps. Review Message Logs - Devices like cell phones keep logs of the messages received.
Review them regularly. Any anonymous activity may mean you were bluejacked.
Learn how and when to remove this template message This Siemens M75 is bluejacking the Sony Ericsson Ki pictured below. The text at the bottom of the screen reads "Add to contacts? Bluejacking is the sending of unsolicited messages over Bluetooth to Bluetooth-enabled devices such as mobile phones , PDAs or laptop computers , sending a vCard which typically contains a message in the name field i. Bluetooth has a very limited range, usually around 10 metres Origins[ edit ] Bluejacking was reportedly first carried out between and by a Malaysian IT consultant who used his phone to advertise Ericsson to a single Nokia phone owner in a Malaysian bank.
What is Bluejacking? - Definition, Tools & Prevention
What is bluejacking?