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Hackers can intercept messages on Android smartwatches

Hackers can intercept messages on Android smartwatches
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Do you own a smartwatch? Have you thought about buying one? Well, almost every smartwatch's most important feature — the ability to wirelessly connect with your smartphone — could leave smartwatches wide open to hacker attacks.

One of the biggest selling points of a smartwatch is the fact that wearing could save people time they'd normally spend fishing their smartphones out of purses or wallets to check for notifications. Instead, notifications for emails and phone calls would be sent directly to your watch.

The problem is that all of the information that could make your life more convenient is only protected by a six-digit string of numbers.

All a hacker would have to do to snoop on any information sent between your smartphone and smartwatch is to run a program that tests every combination of those six numbers.

Next page: Watch a video that demonstrates how easy this is on the next page.
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