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Bluetooth USB Adapter


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I was thinking about getting a bluetooth USB adapter, but was not sure if this downsides one's security for his/her computer. With this device connected, is it possible that an outside source can hack or access the stuff on the computer?

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Hi

Because bluetooth provides a wireless connection to your PC, then yes, it is possible for someone else to access your computer using the bluetooth connection. However, the range is reasonably small - between 1 metre and 100 metres depending on the power class of the device. Class 1 is the most powerful with a range of up to 100m.

Also, bluetooth can operate with 1 of 3 different security modes. Mode 1: no security, mode 2: provides security after the connection is established, mode 3: provides security before the connection is established. This involves setting a passkey that is used to authenticate connections. Communication between 2 bluetooth devices is then encrypted.

In short, providing you set the bluetooth adapter to use security mode 2 or 3, then it should be reasonably secure.
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Thank you very much for your time and help...
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You're very welcome :)
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