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What’s Bluetooth got to do with security?

Bluetooth is designed to conveniently transfer information from one wireless device to another. However, fraudsters can take advantage of the Bluetooth connections on your phone to scrape personal information, access apps, and track your location.


Use the following tips to avoid being victimized through Bluetooth:

  • Don’t use Bluetooth in crowded locations where fraudsters may be able to eavesdrop.

  • Get in the habit of turning off Bluetooth when not in use.

  • Update the Bluetooth Personal Identification Number (PIN) in your car.

  • Turn off location trackers on apps when not in use.

  • On your phone, turn on additional security features for Bluetooth such as authentication and encryption.

In addition to your normal incident response protocols, please contact  CTREmergencyNotification@mass.gov with any incidents or suspected incidents of fraud or cyber attacks or if you need assistance with internal controls.


VISIT THE CYBER CENTER



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OFFICE OF THE COMPTROLLER OF THE COMMONWEALTH

William McNamara, Comptroller of the Commonwealth

One Ashburton Place, 9th Floor, Boston MA 02108

comptroller.info@mass.gov

For your protection, please do not email personal information (e.g. Social Security Number, Bank Account Number, Passwords).

For assistance, please call us at

(617) 727-5000

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