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:
Browsing page over a page, website over a website, you are still not sure which wireless headset will be your perfect match? Take a break and read the 7 keys in this blog to help you find your ideal Bluetooth headset efficiently!
What to look for when choosing a Bluetooth headset?
You may be looking at a ton of headset features and don’t know where to start. Take one step back to think about the seven keys here and list o ut your requirements before you start shopping, you will be able to easily find the best headset that simply works for you! Let’s get to it.
Key #1 Location
Think about the location you will be using your headset in. Are you using it for jogging in a park, working in an office, or talking on the go? Chances are, you have a couple places where you take calls or listen to music most often. If you plan to use it outdoor, a Bluetooth headset with a strong microphone and noise cancellation technology is a good choice to go for.
Key #2 Talk Time
Take talk time into consideration. If you are a salesperson, you may want to have over 8-10 hours of talk time. Be aware that there’s a tradeoff between the battery life and the size of your Bluetooth headset. So enjoying a lighter headset means you might have to charge it more often.
Key #3 Standard USB Port
Make sure your headset has a standard USB port that lets you charge from a powered USB port on a desktop or laptop easily. This will save you trouble from carrying too many chargers when traveling and can easily borrow from someone when you forget to bring yours.
Key #4 Multipoint Connectivity
If you are a multi-tasker who needs to switch your headset from one device to another, make sure your headset support multipoint connectivity. This feature will save you a lot of time without needing to manually switch back and forth.
Key #5 Binaural vs Monaural
Typically, binaural options are suitable for people who need to concentrate on a call while monaural headsets are good for people who need to be aware of what’s happening around him/her while on a call with someone.
Key #6 Sound Technology
Pay attention to the sound technology your headset has to offer. For example, if you plan to talk in a windy outdoor area, WindSage technology and Sound Focus technology will come in handy. Most of the headsets nowadays have HD voice to enhance clear sound.
Key #7 Other Special Features
After running through the basics above, you will want to check out some special features that can make your day just a little bit more efficient. Everyone had different needs when it comes to using a headset, but here you can find some of the features I find useful:
Sitting in front of my computer working the whole day. Finally, I was getting up to stretch a little bit. CLUNK! I looked around and saw my headset dropped to the floor. I forgot I was wearing a corded headset and the cord was pulling the headset back to its restrained area as I got up. You know what I’m talking about…..
The similar scenario happened so many times until one day I decided to end the nightmare – I got my very first Bluetooth wireless headset. Now, I walk around talking freely and, plus, have a more organized, less-wiring desk! You might be asking yourself – are those the only things that I can benefit from using a Bluetooth wireless headset? Certainly not! Let me share with you the top 4 benefits of using a Bluetooth headset you will love.
Benefit #1 Free From Your Desk or Device
Bluetooth headsets allow you to roam around your office without worrying about missing a call. The typical range is 25 to 100 meters. No more complicated wiring in your way. I like how I can focus on my work than dealing with the wires all the time. Even when I am on hold with a call, I can still be productive, doing other tasks away from my phone/ computer.
Benefit #2 Easy and Quick Setup
Nowadays, Bluetooth is almost everywhere. Most of your electronic devices have a built-in Bluetooth function ready to be used with your Bluetooth headset. Also, the pairing process for a Bluetooth headset is simpler and quicker than setting up your traditional headset.
Benefit #3 Pair with Multiple Devices Easily
This is one of my favorite advantages. If you always have multiple devices running at the same time just like I do, chances are you may want to switch music or phone calls from one device to another. With Bluetooth technology, you can easily link multiple devices to the same Bluetooth headset and switch among the devices at the drop of a hat.
Benefit #4 Everything is at Your Fingertips
With a Bluetooth headset, you can now keep in touch with your work, clients, or even your family and friends wherever you go. Most of the options in the market have easy-to-use control keys right on the wireless headset, allowing you to pick up or end phone calls without going back to your phone or computer.
When you already have a lot of wiring on your desk for your mouse, Internet connection, computer power, and phone charger…. you don’t need to add another wire for your headset.
A Bluetooth wireless headset does not just set you free from your seat but also make switching calls between your devices a breeze. To make your decision making process simpler, we compare the four top Bluetooth headsets side by side with their popular features and functions for you. Let’s take a peek!
The Backbeat Pro 2 is one of the most robust wireless headsets from Plantronics that gives you the freedom to communicate or listen to your favorite songs wire-free.
With signature audio quality and up to 100 meters/ 330 feet wireless range, the Backbeat Pro 2 even allows users to connect up to two devices at a time and switch seamlessly from concentration to conversation. Users love Backbeat Pro 2‘s smart sensor which pauses music automatically when you remove the headsets and resumes when you put it back on! (You won’t miss any important announcements or your favorite songs!)
Consider the Sennheiser Presence UC ML if you are using Skype for Business (previous Lync). It is a certified, quality headset for unified communications professionals that require excellent sound clarity in an office, in a car, or even outdoors.
With up to 25 meters of call range and up to 10 hours call time per charge, the Sennheiser Presence UC ML perfectly fits long-time use professionals who demand a dependable Bluetooth headset. This solution is also designed with Wind Safe Technology and Sound Focus Technology, significantly reducing wind noise and providing optimized speech clarity. But don’t take my word for it, see it yourself in the video below!
Popular Features of the Sennheiser Presence UC ML:
When most of the Bluetooth headsets have limited capabilities, the VXi BlueParrot Reveal Pro headset is different with its extendable mic boom that gives you more powerful noise cancellation when you need it. Its extended range Bluetooth enables up to 300 feet range from your device.
Even better, this headset is equipped with programmable Parrott Button, which puts multiple customizable capabilities at your fingertips. Designed with multiple wearing styles such as over-the-head, behind-the-neck and on-the-ear, VXi BlueParrot Reveal Pro allows you to be yourself and stay comfortable for a long-time use. With BlueParrott Reveal Pro, there’s no limit!
Popular Features of the VXi BlueParrott Reveal Pro:
Advanced noise-cancelling microphone eliminates 90%+ of ambient noise
Extendable boom slides out for optimal mic placement
Customizable Parrott Button for mute, speed dial and more
HD Voice makes speech easier to hear and understand
Class 1 Bluetooth delivers extended (300 foot) range
The Jabra Motion UC MS is another great headset optimized for Skype for Business (previous Lync) that includes all the functions you need such as HD voice, intelligent volume control and call assist.
This headset features an easy and intuitive call control with superior call quality and all-day talk time (8 hours battery life). Transferring calls from your deskphone to your mobile device has never been so easy with Jabra Motion UC MS headset. You are able to transfer calls within seconds and the person from the other end won’t even notice it!
Highlighted Features of the Jabra Motion UC MS Wireless Headset:
Connects to VoIP softphone, mobile phone and tablet
And that is our quick recap of the top four wireless headsets. Take a look at the comparison chart to find your ideal headset that offers all the features you demand! To see a complete catalog of our Bluetooth headsets please visit our website.