You must have already heard about the BlueBorne virus and how every device with a Bluetooth feature is at risk of getting hacked. The virus can affect any device with Bluetooth like your Android smartphone, iPhone, Windows phone as well as your computer. What’s really worrying about it is that you don’t even need to pair to any other device because just by switching on Bluetooth, the virus takes action and grabs control of your device.
The reason this is a real threat is that as soon as the Bluetooth on your device is switched on, the attack will take place. This will result in the theft of all the data and personal information stored on your smartphone. Not many people even knew that this virus existed until an IoT security company called Armis found the exploit and made the public aware of it. They even went a step ahead and created an app that can be used to check whether a device is vulnerable to the BlueBorne virus or not. The app is called the “BlueBorne Vulnerability Scanner” and is available on Google Play Store for free.
How to Use BlueBorne Vulnerability Scanner App?
Step 1: Download the vulnerability scanner app from Google Play Store on your smartphone. Open the app and then click on the Tap to Check button to begin the process.
Step 2: Upon clicking the blue button, you will be asked to share anonymous data with the community for research purposes. You can tap on Deny or Allow, as per your preferences.
Step 3: The scanning process will start now. Once the process is done, you will see whether your device is vulnerable or not.
Step 4: If your device is vulnerable to the virus, then check if there are latest security updates released for your phone and if yes, then install it.
You can even use the scanner app to check nearby Bluetooth devices to see which one of them are vulnerable and at high risk.
New threats and exploits are being discovered almost everyday and it’s now time for us to stay alert and protect all the important data from being stolen. The BlueBorne exploit is one of the many threats out there, but you can certainly prevent it with just a few steps.
Make sure you have the latest security updates installed on your smartphone and your Bluetooth is turned off all the time. Also, if you’ve been using Bluetooth tethering, then it would be a good idea to turn that feature off, at least until you have installed the latest security patch on your device. These patches exist for Apple, Android as well as Windows devices, so do it as soon as possible.
I hope you liked the article, and if you did, then share it with your friends as well so that they too can check out if their smartphone is vulnerable to BlueBorne Bluetooth Vulnerability.