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    How secure is Windows Bluetooth pairing request?

    by Oblivion99 ·

    Dear all

    I use Windows 11.

    When a Bluetooth device wants to pair with to my laptop, a message pops up on my screen asking if I want to allow the pairing.

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    How secure is this?

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    Could a hacker bypass this, and still get access to my data without my knowledge through Bluetooth?

    Thank you

    Best regards

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    • #4240578
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      Re: Bluetooth

      by kees_b ·

      In reply to How secure is Windows Bluetooth pairing request?

      Bluetooth is short-range, so it’s unsecure if you giver permission without looking around to see who asks it with what device for what purpose. But I suppose you don’t do that.

      If the hacker has access to your laptop, in principle (and depending on the details of the hack) he might be able to give that permission without you noticing it. For added security, turn off bluetooth. For more security, disable the device in Device Manager. For maximum security, remove the bluetooth hardware.

      • #4240592

        Hacker not access laptop

        by Oblivion99 ·

        In reply to Re: Bluetooth

        Lets say the hacker can’t access my laptop physical / in person.
        Could a hacker then bypass / get through the Bluetooth pairing request? Or are we talking NSA level skills required?

        • #4240595
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          Re: hacker

          by kees_b ·

          In reply to Hacker not access laptop

          He can’t do it from the bluetooth device. But if he had hacked your laptop, who knows what he could do? That’s what i meant with “having access”.

        • #4240607
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          Reply To: How secure is Windows Bluetooth pairing request?

          by birdmantd ·

          In reply to Re: hacker

          I agree completely with Kees_b on this one.

        • #4240811

          Elaborate please

          by Oblivion99 ·

          In reply to Re: hacker

          “He can’t do it from the bluetooth device”
          The hackers or mine?

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          In my scenario, the laptop has not been hacked.

          The hacker can’t hack my laptop through my Bluetooth device?
          It this only because of the Bluetooth pairing request?
          Or what else makes it not possible?

          Thank you

        • #4240813
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          Reply To: How secure is Windows Bluetooth pairing request?

          by kees_b ·

          In reply to Elaborate please

          He can’t do it from the bluetooth device that asks for permission, because that doesn’t yet have access to Windows, and it’s Windows that asks the confirmation.

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