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"Bluebugging" hackers target Bluetooth

If you use Bluetooth, there is a warning you need to know about.

Experts say crooks can hack your devices and get access to your personal info. "Bluetooth hacking, Bluebugging or Bluesnarking as they call it, is not new. Bluetooth was invented in '94 and placed in cell phones in 1996," says Erin Mitten with Cell Phone Technicians.  

Cyber criminals can use specialized software to invade your Bluetooth. Bluetooth technology can be found in most of the devices we use every day. It's in your phone, if you have a tablet, chances are it comes with Bluetooth. Many cars come equipped with the technology and with so many options, it seems that hackers have the advantage, but there are ways you can stay safe.

"The easiest way to protect yourself is to keep your Bluetooth off. If you don't use Bluetooth, don't walk around with Bluetooth turned on," Mitten explains.

He says hackers only have to be about 300 feet away to gain access to your device. When you are installing Bluetooth for the first time, he advises that you do so in a secure area, like your home, not in a crowded public place. Also, never accept a link request from someone you don't know.  Another tip, make sure you download and install regular security updates for your device.

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