Bluetooth Security

Discussion in 'Home Networking' started by Geoff Lane, Oct 29, 2007.

  1. Geoff Lane

    Geoff Lane Guest

    I am experimenting with internet connection using a mobile phone and
    bluetooth.

    I appreciate the range of BT limits the security issues but am wondering
    what precautions other users implement.

    Would anyone trust banking transactions via Bluetooth.

    Geoff Lane
     
    Geoff Lane, Oct 29, 2007
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  2. Geoff Lane

    Jon Guest

    declared for all the world to hear...
    I don't implement any. The paired bond is quite secure.
    If you mean would I use online banking while using my phone as a modem
    connecting to the computer via bluetooth to access the internet, yes I
    would.
     
    Jon, Oct 29, 2007
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  3. Geoff Lane

    ric Guest

    there's a few scare stories in the media about bluetooth. all the
    demos i've seen on TV have been based around (long since fixed)
    weaknesses in the way BT security was implemented in certain older
    phones such as the Nokia 6230 and some obsolete Sony Ericssons etc.
    These allowed bluesnarfing (copying of data off phone to nearby laptop
    etc), but no handset currently on the market should have these
    problems.
    However, BT security *can* be broken, but AFAIK it needs specialist,
    expensive hardware.

    The threat model is the same as using public wifi - in theory traffic
    could be sniffed (although it's a million times more likely to happen
    over wifi than BT) but if you're doing online banking via a secure
    HTTPS connection it doesn't matter - all they can sniff is encrypted
    traffic.

    In short, don't worry about it.

    Ric
     
    ric, Oct 30, 2007
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  4. Geoff Lane

    Geoff Lane Guest

    Any connections would not be in a public place, merely at a relatives
    house with no convenient phone line access.

    Thanks for info.

    Geoff Lane
     
    Geoff Lane, Oct 30, 2007
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    Barrie Guest

    The connection will be SSL encryped (if its a secure site, like a bank), so
    no less secure than connecting to a wiireless LAN, infact more secure
    because of the low distance involved. I would be quite happy doing what you
    want to do......
     
    Barrie, Dec 3, 2007
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