Mobile phone security
Attacks on Bluetooth-enabled devices can take place within a distance of 10 metres or more. Stay safe by installing firewalls and Kaspersky mobile phone antivirus software.
As many as three-quarters of mobile phone users are not aware of the internet security risks linked to Bluetooth-equipped devices. These risks come in four main guises:
- Bluejacking is when anonymous text messages are sent to mobile phones
- Bluespamming is when a phone’s contacts are secretly sent text messages
- Bluesnarfing is when hackers gain access to a mobile phone’s contacts
- Bluebugging is when hackers have access to a handset’s commands
While each of these risks is a nuisance, bluesnarfing and bluebugging are particularly serious. With bluesnarfing, hackers can gain access to stored data, such as a phonebook, calendar or to clone a phone.
Bluebugging, on the other hand allows hackers to make phone calls from the mobile phone they control. They can write messages and send them from the phone and they can even eavesdrop on private conversations.
Mobile antivirus software
As with any mobile device, there are important precautions you can take to protect yourself against Bluetooth security breaches on a mobile phone:
By simply turning off Bluetooth, hackers are unable to mount your handset’s commands or access the information on your Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone.
Free mobile antivirus software
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