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I need to get new computer speakers/subwoofer and bluetooth speakers sound great since they would decrease the amount of wires around my desk. Is there a security risk having bluetooth enabled all the time or anytime I would use speakers? I'll stick with wires if there's any unnecessary risk.

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Yes, enabling Bluetooth will increase your attack surface. If you do not have Bluetooth enabled, you close a whole series of possible attacks. There was a series of vulnerabilities disclosed recently which highlight the risk of having Bluetooth enabled.

  • Okay thanks. I'll stick with the wired speakers to be safe. – Rich Sep 18 '17 at 19:31
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    What if one connects an audio player to the computer with a hardline, and then connects the audio player to speakers with Bluetooth? – Acccumulation Sep 18 '17 at 20:18
  • That's a great idea @Accumulation. That is what I would call "air-gapped" because the audio out is a one-way signal. It's not "connected" in the sense that an attack could come upstream at that point. – HackSlash Sep 18 '17 at 21:29

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