Turn Bluetooth off if you are not using it

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Marcelo Orlandi
Turn Bluetooth off if you are not using it

If you have Bluetooth enabled on your device, being a laptop, phone, tablet, etc., it is recommended to turn it off if you are not using it.

The US and Australian governments released warnings about a new vulnerability known as BlueBorne which will expose any device with Bluetooth. This will allow any external intruder to take control of your device, and has the ability to affect millions of mobile phones, laptops, and IoT devices.

Some of the devices affected by this vulnerability are Android, Apple, Google, Microsoft, Samsung and Tizen, as confirmed by the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (or US CERT, for short).

“The vulnerabilities reported are concerning and device manufacturers have been notified and are working on updates to fix the vulnerabilities,” said Hon Dan Tehan, the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Cyber Security in an interview with ACS.

Many vendors are actively working towards fixing these issues, but it is a good practice to always turn off bluetooth when it is not in use.