Microsoft and Google are now issuing patches to fix vulnerabilities related to Bluetooth, but you may want to switch it off on other platforms for now.
Bluetooth was originally created in 1998 to serve as a secure short-range wireless connection between two devices.
But a recent report published by security firm Armis points to eight Bluetooth-related vulnerabilities — four of which are critical — that reside on more than 5 billion Android, Windows, Linux, and pre-iOS 10 devices.
“These vulnerabilities are the most serious Bluetooth vulnerabilities identified to date,” Armis said on Tuesday.
“Previously identified flaws found in Bluetooth were primarily at the protocol level.
These new vulnerabilities are at the implementation level, bypassing the various authentication mechanisms, and enabling a complete takeover of the target device.”