With the rise of key less-entry cars and modern technology, car hacking is still prevalent in the auto industry.

People attempting to steal cars are now not just limited to physically being outside in order to gain access, but instead can do it from inside their own houses as well.
Through the manipulation of codes, taking control of cars from a distance, and other cyber-savvy tactics, being in-the-know is important for your safety. Here are the novel ways that car hackers are succeeding to steal your vehicle and how to keep from getting your car invaded.

Carjacking wireless key fobs

Locking your car door isn’t a thorough way to protect your car from being stolen anymore with the key less cars. Several newer cars are made with the addition of wireless key fobs. While this is definitely a practical option, it might lead to an easier entry into your car. If your keys are towards the front of your house, chances are they are not far away enough from your car. With a radio attack device, the magnetic amplification of the device can signal your car to unlock. The inexpensive device can be retaliated by placing your key less remote in a faraday bag that doesn’t allow the entry of radio signals.

An attacker hacks a key fob to break into a car

Smart and digital cars aren’t entirely safe from being hijacked. Three main ways that hackers can control your car’s computer system is by car apps, USB drives, and WiFi networks. With car’s smartphone apps, the hacker can send a request to a cloud service that is connected to your car. This leads to them possibly being able to have access to your car’s system. With USB drives, people typically place them inside the car in order to listen to music and other purposes have a code that an attacker could have placed before you purchased the USB drive. Make sure to purchase an unopened USB cord, and keep it safe when taking it out of your car. When it comes to someone’s WiFi network, be sure to have a secured network with a difficult password so that no one has access to your computer-based car.

People with iTrack or ProTrack accounts sometimes use generated passwords that a hacker named L&M guessed correctly. Over 27,000 accounts got broken into due to his guessing game and turned off the cars that were driving slowly. While smart cars are a great advancement in technology, the options for getting access to people’s cars are advancing as well.

Ways to prevent your car from being hacked

There are a few ways to prevent your car from being hijacked or hacked. Here are four tips for keeping you and your vehicle safe:

  1. Update the software on your car to stay up-to-date
  2. Don’t keep your WiFi or Bluetooth on when you aren’t using it
  3. Create a strong, difficult-to-guess password on your WiFi and all other software and devices linked to your car.
  4. Regularly go to your manufacturer to check up on recalls just in case there is a mistake in the car’s computer system.


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Infographic: How to avoid car hacking
Image credit: The Simple Dollar

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