What are the security levels around iBeacon? #iBeaconWebinar

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Whats the security levels around iBeacons?  If I purchase and iBeacon, how do I verify that my conpetitors arent getting my custom data? #iBeaconWebinar
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Heather Chavez

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Posted 4 years ago

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David Helms, Champ

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Hi Heather,

Think of iBeacons as little lighthouses that mobile applications that have been programmed with your iBeacon identifiers are notified as they enter your venues and as they approach the various locations where you have deployed beacons.

There is no customer data or other sensitive data transmitted by the beacon and your customers must have an app programmed with your specific identifiers to recognize and act on the beacons they encounter.

David Helms
CPO Radius Networks
www.radiusnetworks.com
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Heather Chavez

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Thanks David - with the correct SDK on a users app, would i be able to get information about the user?  For example, other apps they may have on their phone or general profile typr information?

 

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David Helms, Champ

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Heather,

This type of information access would not be facilitated via use of beacons. If that access is available it would be through other platform APIs and may or may not be considered a security flaw.

David
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Matthew Gast

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iBeacons transmit four pieces of data:
  • The UUID
  • Major & minor numbers
  • The measured power
If the information you're interested in protecting isn't on that list, it's not something you can get from an iBeacon.
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Mike Vartanian

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Competitors could hijack the UUIDs from unencrypted beacons to create their own app. For example, a fictional company called "BeatAnyPrice.com" could potentially use the UUIDs of beacons in a Macy's for example and knowing where each of the beacons are located (ie in the shoe department) could send a message or content that would direct them to their store to purchase something similar for a cheaper price? Or provide a 25% off coupon for example..

I am curious though how important strong encryption is for end customers? #iBeaconWebinar