People take great measures to protect their laptops and mobile devices from viruses and hackers. Why not do the same for your vehicle? With integrated smart technology, car hacking is a greater threat than ever. What can you do to protect yourself?
Car Hacking Is on the Rise
Hackers can exploit a car’s vulnerability points, including its Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections. Just how vulnerable is your vehicle? In a controlled demonstration, security researchers successfully hacked into a Jeep SUV while it was on the road. They were able to remotely control the car’s dashboard functions, wipers, and air vents.
More alarmingly, they were able to take control of the brakes and transmission, causing the vehicle to crash into a ditch. The researchers gained control via the SUV’s Uconnect infotainment system.
All modern vehicles are vulnerable, regardless of brand and model. This includes classic cars fitted with modern technology and infotainment system.
Auto manufacturers have made tremendous strides in automobile safety technology. Unfortunately, the same strides have not applied to remote hacking prevention. Motorists, however, can take their own preventive measures. Consider the following:
- Enable automatic software updates
- Stay up to date with your car’s manufacturer regarding recall of electronic components
- Shut off the car’s Wi-Fi and Bluetooth when not in use
- Scan all USB drives for viruses before inserting them into your vehicle
- Keep up with regular auto servicing, which should include the car’s ECU.
- Store your keyless remote in the fridge or a faraday bag. This prevents hackers from amplifying the remote’s signal and tricking it into believing you’re within vicinity of the car.
Protect Yourself from Remote Threats
Cyber risks aren’t our specialty. However, as an auto repair center, Jones Automotive Clinic knows vehicle hacking is becoming increasingly commonplace. Total safety on the road should take into consideration both safe driving practices and car hacking awareness.
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