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Bluetooth bugs open billions of devices to attacks, no clicking required

By Dan Goodin

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Over the past decade, Bluetooth has become almost the default way for billions of devices to exchange data over short distances, allowing PCs and tablets to transfer audio to speakers and phones to zap pictures to nearby computers. Now, researchers have devised an attack that uses the wireless technology to hack a wide range of devices, including those running Android, Linux, and, until a patch became available in July, Windows.

Blueborne, as the researchers have dubbed their attack, is notable for its unusual reach and effectiveness. Virtually any Android, Linux, or Windows device that hasn’t been recently patched and has Bluetooth turned on can be compromised by an attacking device within 32 feet. It doesn’t require device users to click on any links, connect to a rogue Bluetooth device, or take any other action, short of leaving Bluetooth on. The exploit process is generally very fast, requiring no more than 10 seconds to complete, and it works even when the targeted device is already connected to another Bluetooth-enabled device.

“Just by having Bluetooth on, we can get malicious code on your device,” Nadir Izrael, CTO and co-founder of security firm Armis, told Ars. “Blueborne abuses the fact that when Bluetooth is on, all of these devices are always listening for connections.”

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Source:: Ars Technica Gadgets


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Last year I told You All About The Logitech K480 That I Bought…Yep, You Could Get One for Less Than I Paid

So for anyone who has read any of my posts about the K480, or why I choose it over the K380 then you are probably aware that I bought one last year from the very same place that has them dirt cheap again.

Now almost a year later, Newegg still has these keyboards in there refurbished items section. Don’t panic, mine was a “refurbished” model, meaning it was repackaged and brand new.

So if you really want a great keyboard for the incredibly low price of $16.99 then click this link!

If you are looking at a Bluetooth keyboard for a 10 inch or smaller tablet, or perhaps just to use with your PC or smartphone, then you might just be an idiot if you don’t go visit the site I linked above, (okay, this one works also).

Tim


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The Best Bluetooth Keyboard

By Kimber Streams

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After testing 21 keyboards over the past year, we found that the Logitech K380 Multi-Device Bluetooth Keyboard is the best for most people. It’s the first to meet all the requirements of a great multi-use Bluetooth keyboard—comfortable, compact, and versatile—for less than $50. The K380 is almost as great as our longstanding previous pick (which we still love—it’s our new upgrade pick), but it costs less than half as much.

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I am happy with my K480, but if Logitech would like to send me one of these to test I certainly would be happy to try it out!

Tim


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If More People Had Brains, LogiTabs would be the rule and Apple and Samsung would be lowering prices on Tablets.

IMG_20151027_231137I have written about my super-D-duper LogiTab before and it just surprises me that most folks just don’t get it.  You DO NOT need, in most cases, a super, incredibly thin, incredibly fast tablet.  Most people, yes, this probably means you…need a relatively fast capable tablet and a Bluetooth keyboard! Face it folks, I use tablets ALL the time and I rarely ever see anyone outside of me carrying one around or using one. Of course that could be where I live, but by and large you normally see phablets and laptops on the street when you are out and about.

So I am once again going to sing the praises of my LogiTab, which is not a laptop, not a notebook and not a tablet in the normal sense. What is it? Well it is primarily a tablet, virtually any tablet, running either Windows or Android and using a Bluetooth keyboard and a mouse, which essentially turns it into a small laptop/notebook PC.

Mine works super good and has at least as much battery life as a laptop costing literally hundreds of dollars more. If you can find a tablet with a full USB port, or one that will run a mouse with a microUSB port then you can be in Tablet/notebook nirvana.

What do I use, you may be asking? Very simple, less than $160!

Tim


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After a bit of Whining on my part, it appears the latest Asus update has fixed my Wifi/Bluetooth issues.

me572So last week I got this super cool Logitech 480 Bluetooth keyboard and it worked perfectly with every device in the house with the glaring exception of my ME572C  Asus Memo Pad. I am happy to report that after the latest software update, those issues appear to be gone, which means I can now do all my work, from wherever I want using the handy B/T keyboard and my trusty, super fast tablet!

Just thought I would share that…for those who own one, my current software info is showing this version: LRX22C.WW_EPAD-12.14.1.19-20152015082804430454_20150212010800100002000001

update: 09/24/2015, okay, it fixed it about 50% of the time. About half the time it will run fine and the other half the signal drops off from the WiFi.


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