How Not to be a Victim of a Car-Hacking

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In this world of ever-advancing technology, one could be forgiven for thinking that they're at their safest behind the wheel of a highly computerized vehicle - but the same advantages that make these modern vehicles safer and more protected than ever before can make them equally dangerous. Car-hacking is an increasingly large problem in this digitized era, but with these handy tips you should have no trouble securing your vehicle against outside influence.

How Did Car Hacking Become Possible?

Before you learn how to prevent your vehicle's hacking, it's good to know the history of this sparkling new crime. Car-hacking became a possibility after automotive manufacturers began to develop remote-access systems intended to allow drivers to regulate and monitor their vehicles from a distance - but those same remote-access systems allowed hackers to tap into the vehicle, altering systems as fundamental as the vehicle's transmissions and brakes. Although truly malicious uses of car-hacking are rare, the possibility of a hacker subverting a vehicle's fundamental systems is dangerous enough to require preventative steps.

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Do The Manufacturer Knows My Vehicle is Being Hacked?

First, it's important to remember that vehicle manufacturers are usually aware when their systems become vulnerable - these manufacturers will usually issue patches and after-launch fixes, allowing you to secure your vehicle's safety with minimal effort. That said, hackers are developing new techniques daily - so there are additional methods that can further increase your safety.

One of these methods is based around securing keyless wireless fobs - if you've ever used one of these handy tools, you know that they can unlock your vehicle without your key ever being removed from your pocket. It's as easy as stepping up to the car and trying the door, at which point the fob emits a wireless signal that tells the car to unlock. Hackers, however, have developed signal-boosting technology that can expand the limitation of that wireless signal - and even from a good distance, this signal-boosting technology could automatically unlock your car without you ever being aware. A hacker could activate the fob after seeing you park and exit your car or from the outside of your home.

Luckily, there's a solution. Any storage space that prevents a wireless signal from dispersing - such as a fridge or, for the more committed, a special Faraday pouch that contains all electrical signals - will protect your fob from manipulation while you're not using it.

Are There Any Other Methods?

Other methods of hacking involve exploiting a vehicle's innate wireless and Bluetooth systems, which has a far more simple fix than an electronic containment pouch - simply turn off your car's Wi-Fi whenever you aren't driving the vehicle, and if you have a Wi-Fi signal strong enough to register from a fair distance, make sure it has a password. These systems are usually more inclined to be used to hack into one's personal data, but at times they're also used for more nefarious means.

Since every vehicle is different, it can be good to contact professionals if you're not sure if you've done everything you can - so give us a call today at ABC Nissan of Phoenix, Arizona.

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