Bluetooth Security in Tiger

Discussion in 'macOS' started by TIGERmac, Jul 18, 2005.

  1. TIGERmac macrumors member

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    Apple advertises that its Bluetooth keyboard has 128 bit encryption capabilities. In Panther, I had to manually activate this feature (which was a bit of a shocker). Since upgrading to Tiger, I have searched through the (revised) Bluetooth preferences and have found no option to turn on encryption. Furthermore, I cannot seem to locate any documentation that states the default Tiger configuration is encryption turned on.

    Does anyone know of a way to determine whether the connection is encrypted?

    Many thanks...

    TIGERmac
     
  2. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

    mkrishnan

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    I think that the relevant setting in Tiger is:

    Sys Prefs -> Bluetooth -> Sharing -> Require Pairing for Security

    Once devices are paired, I believe they always communicate using encryption.

    I don't remember if this was set when I installed Tiger or if I had to click it, though.

    EDIT: From the Bluetooth help file:

     
  3. TIGERmac thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks!

    Thanks for the information!

    Note to self: Check the help file next time. :D

    While we're talking about Bluetooth, does anyone have a problem using rechargeable batteries in their Apple BT mouse? I have a set of Energizer "High Energy" Rechargeable batteries that my BT mouse doesn't like.

    The light will blink (as if waiting to be paired) but will not pair. If I click the mouse, the light turns off. The computer responds to the "click" but the cursor will not move. If I replace with regular batteries, it works fine.

    Any ideas?
     
  4. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

    mkrishnan

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    Haha, anytime. ;) You kind of had to know what to search for, though.... The option in the preferences wasn't very clear....
     
  5. crazzyeddie macrumors 68030

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    Is it just me, or is 128-bit security for a keyboard a little bit absurd? Unless you're doing government work, why would you need this sort of encryption? Even if you needed that security, I hardly think any sort of wireless would be preferable to standard USB (which is 100% secure).
     
  6. TIGERmac thread starter macrumors member

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    Perhaps it is a bit strong for the amount of data it actually protects (for most users, simply passwords). Still, why not use the strongest available? It makes me feel safer, anyway.
     

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