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Clicker security
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JoeE2Drinx
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Feb 26, 2003, 03:18 AM
 
Clicker is a new app that any user of the Sony Ericsson t68i can use to remotely control certain apps on your MAC with the help of Bluetooth. http://www.versiontracker.com/php/dl...nd=0&db=macosx

This type of wireless technology has "hacker community, come 'n check me out!" written all over it, in my opinion. Who here knows about its security features and can tell me what's to stop a war-driver/walker from having fun with my MAC with the Clicker app?
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Earth Mk. II
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Feb 26, 2003, 04:38 AM
 
Bluetooth's relatively short effective range (typically ~30 ft) compared to 802.11's (~300-800 ft) should help a little. So if you're in your home, someone driving/walking by probably won't pick up a signal.

Still, use with caution, i guess. Especially in public.
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WJMoore
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Feb 26, 2003, 07:17 AM
 
Ummm for a phone to work with Sony Ericsson Clicker it has to be paired to the computer. A process that involves entering a password on both devices before they will talk to each other. Then the particular phone to be used must be selected from the list of paired devices. And then the menu must be published in the phone... As you can see any person with a T68i can't just rock up within range of a Bluetooth enabled Mac running Clicker and automatically start controlling things. Personally I find the idea of someone hacking my computer via a connection that reaches only a few metres extremely remote.

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