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There’s been a high demand for wireless keyboards and mice in the past decade because of the convenience of having no wires, but there are more serious disadvantages that come with using them. A wireless mouse and keyboard are used by signals that are transmitted when a wireless keyboard or mouse USB is connected to the computer. The problem here is that other nearby wireless keyboards and mice signals can easily interfere with those signals.

An example of how signals interfere with one another is when a user’s mouse begins moving around the screen without the user touching the mouse. Unfortunately, these signals can be interfered with from a distance, making a huge issue for companies who share an office building with many users with a wireless mouse or keyboard. The signals can be transmitted through walls, making it dangerous for coworkers who use wireless mice and keyboards to work in offices nearby. A frustrating scenario would be not knowing if a company you share an office building with uses wireless keyboards or mice, so you don’t remember whose signals are interfering with yours.

Wireless keyboards are dangerous because hackers can alter and spy on keystrokes through a cheap radio device that intercepts signals from over 200ft away (https://www.wired.com/2016/07/radio-hack-steals- keystrokes-millions-wireless-keyboards/). Keyboards are designed to encrypt the messages they send to the computer. Still, some wireless keyboards have weaker security than others (https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2016/07/hackers-can-spy-on-wireless-keyboards-from-hundreds-of-feet-away/492962/). Normally, if a hacker tries to decode a signal between the computer and keyboard, they will only hear an undecipherable sound but if the wireless keyboard has a weakness the hacker will be able to decode all input (https://www.wired.com/2016/07/radio-hack-steals- keystrokes-millions-wireless-keyboards/). If your keyboard has a weakness, you could unknowingly be giving away your bank information, passwords, etc. An aging wireless keyboard or mouse does not receive security updates even though protocols change significantly over time (https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/6-reasons-not-buy-bluetooth-keyboard/).

I recommend using a keyboard and mouse with a wire connected to the computer to avoid signal interference or easy access for hackers. Keyboards are the most important device for inputting information on a computer, so you must choose them safely. People in the gaming, coding, and writing lines of work use wired keyboards because of their functionality and security. The chances are low for a wired keyboard or mouse to be intercepted by a coworker’s wireless and Bluetooth devices. Also, a wired keyboard or mouse is reliable for people working all day because the battery will never run out.


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Wanjala, A. (February 8, 2022). MUO. 6 Reasons Why You Should NOT Buy a Bluetooth Keyboard.

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