Bluetooth Beacon Security

We sometimes get asked about Beacon security. Beacons use Bluetooth so the underlying security is that provided by Bluetooth 4.0. There’s a great new video by Ellisys, who create Bluetooth test equipment, that explains the threats and mitigations:

In the context of beacons, the mentioned perisistent bonding never happens. Pairing is temporary. Also, beacon manufacturers often layer additional security on top of Bluetooth in the form of pins or passwords required to set up the beacon.

As the underlying Bluetooth communication is relatively secure, the main beacon security issues tend to be related to spoofing (the possibility of beacons pretending to be yours). However, this is usually only pertinent in security sensitive scenarios such as payment. Contact us if you need more advice on beacon security.