Are you using a wireless keyboard? Watch out!

July 26, 2016
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Yikes! It’s just been reported that some wireless keyboards are open to a hacker viewing what you type.
This problem does not affect Bluetooth connected devices – but can affect ‘wireless’ devices that connect using a plugin USB radio based nano-receiver.
There are currently 8 manufacturers affected –

  • Anker
  • EagleTec
  • General Electric
  • Hewlett-Packard
  • Insignia
  • Kensington
  • Radio Shack
  • Toshiba

Here is a link to a page with more details about affected devices http://www.keysniffer.net/affected-devices

Now it should be noted that a hacker would need to be quite close to you – however some of these receivers work to distances up to 50 or more feet!

See the original article from Gizmodo 

My advice – if you have a wireless keyboard then check out how it works to make sure it is not affected, and look into Bluetooth connected keyboards.

Stay secure!

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