“Car hacking? Oh please! The next thing you’ll say is that they can fly through the air like an airplane. This isn’t a sci-fi movie, guy!”
The exchange above is a typical response to a car hacking conversation. The idea that a thief can remotely play with the car’s systems is ludicrous. It’s a vehicle, not a computer. However, new models use computer code to add to the user experience. From a satellite navigation system to also starting the engine, both rely on the internet.
As a result, modern makes from forward-thinking manufacturers are hackable. Don’t worry, though, because below are four ways to stop it at the source.
Speak To The Manufacturer
As soon as you roll away in your new whip, the idea of speaking to the salesperson or the supplier is the last thing on your to-do list. Christensen Law recommends staying in touch from a total safety standpoint in case there is an accident. Regarding a potential hack, it’s even more important because Ford, VW, etc. obtain info and updates which they pass onto their customers. Even scarier, they may have to recall the model because of a problem with the code. Leaving a phone number and email address they can reach you on is essential, then, just in case.
Once an upgrade becomes available, there is no reason to say “ah, I’ll do it later.” This is procrastination, and it can be the difference between a safe, secure vehicle and grand theft auto. Geico has one tip which they push: simply install it as soon as possible. Whether you do it yourself or go to the dealership is your choice, but think about the time, hassle and effectiveness beforehand. For instance, if it’s going to take ages and may not work when done, get help from the experts. All you have to do is call and make an appointment.
Block The Fob’s Signal
Nowadays, hacking is as easy as using the signal from the key fob to open the car and start the ignition. Manufacturers say this is impossible, yet Wired says differently and gives a real-life example. Should the keys be in view, hackers can use wireless signal tracker which picks up the frequency from more than 100 ft away. So, your car may not be safe even if it’s on the drive with the keys in the living room. To be sure, place them in a metal box and firewall the fob. Materials such as steel and lead are fantastic blockers because of their density.
Bluetooth Off; Wifi Locked
Yes, cars have Bluetooth and wireless internet capabilities. And, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to know that both can be used against you by thieves. Although Bluetooth is relatively safe, it can be used to leak and hack data and that’s very dangerous. Wifi should be secured with a password, but you also need to be cuter. Take the code and hide it somewhere in the house. Never leave it in the vehicle because the digits are all a thief needs to steal a brand new motor.
After reading this post, are you now a believer?