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      How to Protect Yourself From Car Hacking: The New Car Jacking

      Most people consider cyber security as online information protection with firewalls, strong passwords, and updating software. But did you know this can apply to your vehicle too? Some cybercriminals are shifting their focus from the online world to the physical—by using technology to “car hack” vehicles right from their owner’s driveway. Here’s how cyber criminals use technology to steal cars and what you can do to protect yourself.

      Car Hacking Explained

      You’ve probably heard of vehicle theft, referred to as carjacking. But have you heard of car hacking? As technology has advanced to offer ease of use to drivers, some hackers are taking advantage of that technology to steal cars. Specifically, hackers are manipulating keyless systems that utilize key fobs to gain vehicle entry.

      How it works:

      Your key fob uses a short-range radio signal to communicate with your vehicle to unlock it or power the engine. Some thieves use fob extenders to capture and enhance the signal to gain entry to vehicles. Thefts are also hacking directly into the car’s message-based systems to delete or reprogram keys to allow them to drive the vehicle away.

      How to Protect Yourself

      Just like you can protect yourself from online threats, vehicle owners can take steps to protect their vehicle’s security.

      Install Security System

      High-tech security systems can help combat high-tech vehicle theft methods. Many of these systems create a firewall in your vehicle’s message system, requiring a pre-programmed code to override them.

      Take Extra Precautions with Your Key Fob

      Instead of dropping your keys on a hook next to the door, take extra precautions when storing your key fob. Consider storing your key fob in a metal container or a signal-blocking pouch to prevent thefts from enhancing the signal and accessing your vehicle.

      Use Low-Tech Security Measures

      Although thieves may use high-tech methods, low-tech security options can still help deter their plans. For example, a steering wheel lock can prevent thieves from driving your car, even if they can start it. Also, motion-sensor lights and alarms can deter thieves who don’t want to draw attention to themselves.

      As you consider the security measures to protect yourself online, don’t forget to take measures to protect your vehicle as well. Using a layered approach to protecting your vehicle, pairing both high-tech and low-tech security measures can protect you from being the victim of a car hacker.

      About I-CAR Gold Certified Facility, Pole Position Auto Body

      Pole Position Auto Body is an I-CAR Gold Class Certified facility that’s been repairing Metro Detroiters vehicles for over 3 decades. As an I-Car Gold Class Certified facility, we’re up to date on the best techniques and tools to repair the latest vehicle models. We understand your time is valuable and provide high-quality repairs in the quickest turnaround time possible. That’s typically 3 days faster than the average repair facility!

      Call Pole Position Auto Body: 248-453-1049 – Where Excellence is a Habit, Not an Act!

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