How Secure is your Bluetooth Headset?
When it comes to Bluetooth connections, one of the biggest concerns most VoIP users have is security. Bluetooth connectivity seems to be a vulnerable point of access that unwanted identity or data theft could get in your system. Can a Bluetooth headset be used without the risk of being eavesdropped? Let’s find out.
Bluetooth security can be divided into three procedures: Pairing, Authentication, and Encryption. This mechanism protects your device from malicious third parties from accessing the data that’s transferred between multiple devices.
Bluetooth Security Mechanism
Pairing is the initial setup process that can only be done through physical access to the devices. Once the devices are paired, a secret shared key is stored and will be used for the authentication and encryption processes.
Authentication is a process to make sure that the other device you paired with really belongs to the trusted devices. A shared key is used to confirm this.
Encryption is to make the data transmitted between two devices only readable for authorized receivers. Data is encrypted by the sender using an encryption algorithm and then the receiver will decrypt the data back to its original format based on the same algorithm.
So, is Bluetooth connection secure? The risk of unauthorized access is actually pretty low with these three layers of protection. Even if an intruder can gain physical access to your device, it is almost impossible to access conversations taken place between the paired devices!
Jabra has a wide variety of Bluetooth headset options available that are highly secure and very easy to use including their EVOLVE UC Series, Stealth UC Series, and more. Check out the common security types and how they are handled by Jabra’s headsets:
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