Why you Should Switch Off Bluetooth When You’re Not Using It

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I know, I know – there are so many things to remember to do all day, every day, especially when it comes to technology that seems to constantly be evolving.

If you’re concerned about usability and security and the functionality of your bluetooth-enabled devices, though, there’s one more thing to make sure you do every time you’re finished using them.

Turn the Bluetooth off – and here’s why.

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As convenient as it is to have your phone, iPad, or computer automatically hook up to your car, headphones, or speakers, there are some downsides when it comes to security.

Leaving it on opens up your device to concerns like being hacked, accidentally receiving images and texts from strangers, and letting stores and other marketing opportunists track your literal and virtual movements.

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A specific attack, called BlueBorne, penetrates computers, smartphones, tablets, smartwatches, and basically anything open to Bluetooth connection (so yes, all of your smart home tech, too). It can basically do anything to or on your device once it has access, and all it needs to enter is a Bluetooth connection.

Experts say the answer is to treat your Bluetooth like a light switch – turn it off when you leave the room.

Another thing you can do is to keep your software and operating systems up to date – app updates often include fixes for things like security loopholes that have been identified.

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Those are some pretty good reasons for taking that little extra step, don’t you think?

I do, so I guess that’s one more thing for the daily todo list. At least it’s easy!