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Bluetooth Insecurities and Countermeasures from IT Support in Miami

If you are thinking about upgrading your security services from your IT support firm in Miami, you should consider reinforcing your Bluetooth-enabled devices. Bluetooth technology is valuable in commercial IT operations. This form of connectivity is standardized and available on most devices, including tablets, smartphones, and laptops. It is in inexpensive because there are no data charges attached to sending files over Bluetooth.

In addition, the technology consumes low energy and you can create an area network for your business. On the other hand, there are some significant security threats which are associated with this form of connectivity. Therefore, consider this brief discussion on the common Bluetooth insecurities in your company and the countermeasures that your IT support provider can help you establish to restore your network security.

Bluesnarfing

Bluesnarfing is an important concern for organizations which depend on Bluetooth-enabled devices for daily operations. In general, this can be defined as the process through which unauthorized person gains access to confidential data by exploiting a Bluetooth connection which is ‘discoverable.’ Bluesnarfing will allow an unauthorized person to view and copy important information such as calendars, emails, contact lists, and even multimedia files.

This hacking process takes advantage of system vulnerabilities in the design of the object exchange protocol in Bluetooth-enabled devices. The OBEX protocol is a special technology which is used to control the movement of data across wireless devices. Normally, hackers exploit the Push Profile which is an element of the protocol which allows people to exchange softcopy business cards without authentication. Once the unscrupulous person makes the connection between their device and yours, they can obtain your data.

Bluesniping

Bluesniping is similar to Bluesnarfing in terms of the process. However, this is an advanced alternative which allows hackers to overcome the distance limitation of Bluesnarfing. Normally, Bluetooth connections are limited to a short distance of about 10-15 meters. With Bluesniping, this range can be extended up to one mile. This means that data can be stolen without the specific data thief being in close proximity to you or your employees.

Bluebugging

Bluebugging is a major threat which you should discuss with your IT support partner in Miami. This allows the hacker to access and use all phone information and features. While this is more difficult to carry out, the potential consequences are far-reaching. Typically, this hack works by manipulating a target phone to compromise its own security. For example, the hacker’s device can masquerade as your Bluetooth headset and ‘trick’ your phone, tablet or laptop into making a connection. Consequently, they will be able to manipulate the device into obeying diverse commands.

Countermeasures for Bluetooth Devices

The simplest method to prevent Bluetooth attacks is to ensure that the company devices are not discoverable. If they are invisible to people outside your operations, they will not be able to hijack the connection. However, errors can happen and your Bluetooth-enabled devices might be discovered. Therefore, you should consider having your IT expert install anti-Bluesnarfing tools in your vulnerable devices for enhanced protection.

Consult our IT support expert in Miami for more information on protecting your mobile devices and computers against common network security threats. Contact us at Michell Consulting Group to learn more.

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Never Again Lose Anything with StickNFind

Is there no problem that technology cannot solve? It seems like anything is possible with new technology advancements like StickNFind. Available in March 2013, StickNFind uses a Bluetooth sticker and your smartphone with a radar-like interface to help you find anything. Finally technology has helped man answer his most pressing question, “Where’s the remote?”

The StickNFind design is simple, and the possibilities are endless. The sticker is the size of a quarter and has a battery that will last about a year and is easily replaceable. StickNFind produces a low energy Bluetooth signal that your smartphone can detect up to 100 feet, and the sticker is also equipped with a light and a small speaker that can be used for paging.

The StickNFind smartphone application works with Apple iOS and Android, and has several innovative features that will help you find your sticker in many different ways. Using the Radar Screen feature, your sticker will be displayed in correlation to your location. Each sticker is programmed with a customized name displayed next to an icon, and the phone will detect up to 20 Bluetooth stickers at once. Your phone does not send out radar signals, but rather, the stickers emit Bluetooth signals. The phone then detects a sticker and displays its location based on signal strength. This means the Radar Screen feature does not give an exact location, but more like an advanced game of Hot or Cold.

There is a Find It feature that lets you look for stickers that are outside of the 100 ft. range. With Find It, you select the sticker that you are looking for and walk in the general direction that you think it might be located. When the sticker comes within the 100 ft. range, your phone will be alerted and the sticker will show up on the Radar Screen. If you are still having trouble locating your sticker, then you can click on the sticker icon and use the page option, the sticker will then light up and make noise.

Virtual Leash is another handy feature that works by creating a virtual fence around your phone with a boundary distance that you determine. Whenever a sticker leaves the boundary your phone is alerted. This can be a very practical application if you are keeping track of pets or kids.

There is one ironic scenario that may apply to StickNFind’s forgetful customer base, and that is, “What if the smartphone is lost?” In theory, you can attach a StickNFind to your smartphone and find it with another smartphone, but if you have another phone available, then you can always just call your lost phone.

There are as many different uses for StickNFind as there are ways to lose things. You can use StickNFind to locate lost items, you can keep track of your luggage when traveling, and you can even use StickNFind to know where your kids are. StickNFind advertises a humorous scenario for husbands, by putting a sticker in the car they will be alerted whenever their wife comes home. This will give the husband enough time to make it to the kitchen and get caught in the act of doing the dishes.

StickNFind is developed by SSI America, and they are currently appealing to the public for funding to have StickNFind mass produced through the internet fundraising website Indiegogo.com. They are looking to hit their goal of $70,000 by January 14, and with one month of fundraising to go, they have already surpassed $200,000. Websites like Indiegogo.com and Kickstarter.com lets developers appeal directly to the public for fundraising to make their products a reality, good ideas like StickNFind are often met with great success. Pledging to a project from a fundraising website is essentially like preordering the product, and contributions are often divided into rewards so that the more you give the more you will receive. There is a small wait for the product to be developed, but it is worth it to get in on the ground floor and be the first with a cool new gadget. Fundraising websites will also give you the satisfaction that comes from knowing that you helped fund a dream that you believe in.

How would you use StickNFind? Finding the remote? Car keys? Sound off in the comments below.