Prevent Bluetooth Device Discovery When Within Range

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Bluesnarfing is the theft of information from a wireless device through a Bluetooth connection, often between phones, desktops, laptops, and PDA’s. This allows access to a calendar, contact list, emails and text messages. Bluesnarfing is much more serious in relation to Bluejacking, but both exploit others’ Bluetooth connections without their knowledge. Most devices that are set to “discoverable” may be hijacked, although we haven’t heard any reports about a Blackberry device being snarfed. This is most likely due with RIM purposely limiting the BlueTooth features of the Blackberry. To be safe, a user can prevent their Bluetooth enabled BlackBerry device from being detected when another Bluetooth searches for devices with which to pair.

To configure the Bluetooth-enabled BlackBerry device and prevent other devices from detecting it,

1. Open the Bluetooth: Enabled screen.
2. Click the trackwheel and click Options. The Bluetooth Options screen opens.
3. Click Discoverable, click Change Option, and click No.
4. Click the trackwheel and click Save.

  • Lake

    This is B.S. I heard alot about bashing Bluetooth OBEX feature. I have 3 phones for the last 4 years and they all have blutooth, which enable. I never been hit with any bluesnafing or bluejacking. This is just another bad press that the carriers put out to discourage the use of obex so they can maintain their service fee. Obex is powerful and there is many use for it, including the one that can take away the carrier fee for making phone call.

  • Lake

    This is B.S. I heard alot about bashing Bluetooth OBEX feature. I have 3 phones for the last 4 years and they all have blutooth, which enable. I never been hit with any bluesnafing or bluejacking. This is just another bad press that the carriers put out to discourage the use of obex so they can maintain their service fee. Obex is powerful and there is many use for it, including the one that can take away the carrier fee for making phone call.