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 Post subject: Bluetooth USB Adapter and Wireless Network sniffing
 Post Posted: Sun Jul 01, 2007 2:18 am 
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Hi Scott,

Can a bluetooth USB Adapter be used on a wireless network to link/share printers, scanners, fax machines...? How can you prevent hackers using a bluetooth USB Adapter from sniffing into your wireless network and benefiting from your wireless Internet connection 50-100 ft from your network ? Someone possibly parks his/her car a stone's throw away from your Network connection, but he/she is sniffing into your wireless network/ Internet. How can you put a stop to this? What vulnerbilities are there in such network sniffing to your computer? Can it cause problems with your ISP? How about your bandwidth?

Thanks. Kit Emma


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 Post Posted: Mon Jul 02, 2007 12:41 am 
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You can use Bluetooth connections the same as cabled connections. In fact Bluetooth is primarily designed as a cable replacement technology for what would normally be a USB connection between your PC and devices such as cellphones, PDAa, printers, headsets, keyboards/mice, etc.

Bluetooth is *not* a replacement or substitute for WiFi, and has no relation to 802.11abgn wireless (WiFi) network connections.

To prevent hacking, always pair your PC with devices in a private location, and turn off discoverability (uncheck "Let other Bluetooth devices discover this computer"). Communications between your PC and paired devices are fully encrypted and secured.

For more information see:
http://www.broadcom.com/products/bluetooth_faq.php
http://www.bluetooth.com/Bluetooth/Apply/PC_Hub.htm
http://www.bluetooth.com/Bluetooth/Connect/Devices

Scott.


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Scott wrote:

To prevent hacking, always pair your PC with devices in a private location...


Hi Scott,

I kindly request you to paraphrase for me "pair your PC with devices in a private location..."

Thanks for the links. They're very informative.

Thanks. Kit


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Private = no hackers within range (30 to 300 feet). <g> Scott.


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Thanks, kit


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