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Just when you thought your phone was safe ......

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Goober, Jun 17, 2004.

  1. Goober

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    It was only a matter of time.

    Bluetooth is a really cool technology but it definately has it's weaknesses. Someone has finally developed a virus to hack your new phone.

    Trojans and Worms can't be far behind.



    Isn't technology cool? /forums/images/graemlins/blush.gif
     
  2. Muddytazz

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    Yeah, I saw that on the news this morning /forums/images/graemlins/blush.gif
     
  3. bigyellowjimmy

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    Goober, whats Bluetooth? Sorry for the dumb question...



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  4. Thunder

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    Yeah. Things are getting nasty out there
    You heard about dialer hijackers?
    If you are on 56K you can get it thru downloads or by clicking an innocent looking link on a page. It is a virus that hijacks your dialer and routes your internet connection thru a 900 number that charges by the minute. Unless you check your dialup settings everytime you connect you wont know this happens till you get your phone bill and have a heart attack.
     
  5. newyorkin

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    Interesting...


    BYJ - Bluetooth is another wireless technology. I'm not clear on what it is really, I always thought it to be pretty limiting, so didn't really pay much attention to it.
     
  6. Goober

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    Goober, whats Bluetooth? Sorry for the dumb question...



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    Not a dumb question at all.

    Bluetooth is a simple form of wireless communication that is used by lot's of different types of devices. It's used for all sorts of things from email pagers and phones to wireless mice and keyboards. It's cheap and simple to implement. It allows a device to communicate with another device.

    It's currently used mostly in phones but can be used for almost anything you want to control or communicate with.

    The cool thing about it is that it all of the transmit and receive duties are handled by a cheap little microprocessor that doesn't really care what it is installed in. The bad thing is that it is a broadcast technology which means that when you want to communicate with a device it just blasts out a signal that anyone could intercept ... sort of like wireless networking.


    Does that help?



    Here are some links:

    Palo Wireless

    How stuff works

    Bluetooth.org
     
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    Interesting, are Bluetooth chips used in wireless key boards and mice standard or are there other competing products? Do all the big wireless phone companies use Bluetooth (Verizon, AT&T, Sprint) or do they use their own technology or does it depend on the phone you use?

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    Is Bluetooth the architecture for Blackberry?
    Which, BTW, is apparently known to executive bigwigs as "Crackberry", as I have learned today...
     
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    [ QUOTE ]
    Interesting, are Bluetooth chips used in wireless key boards and mice standard or are there other competing products? Do all the big wireless phone companies use Bluetooth (Verizon, AT&T, Sprint) or do they use their own technology or does it depend on the phone you use?

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    i want to know answers to these questions, preferably before i go out and get a cell phone..,. yeah...

    humm...
     
  10. Shaggy

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    Is Bluetooth the architecture for Blackberry?
    Which, BTW, is apparently known to executive bigwigs as "Crackberry", as I have learned today...

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    Nope, bluetooth is very short range wireless, it only works at a range of about 25 feet tops.
     

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