Hackers are becoming increasingly aware of the vulnerable areas in your car. Electronic hacking is on the increase and hackers can now hold you hostage, steal personal data, and perform malicious acts including gaining unlawful entry and locking up your transmission. Even though manufacturers are principally responsible for providing adequate security against hacking, you can do the following things to protect your vehicle from being hacked.
Don’t Put Your Home Address Into Your GPS
Although it is very convenient to add your residential address to the GPS in your automobile, it can pose a serious security threat. If you program your home address into the GPS of a car like the Lamborghini Gallardo, thieves can use the GPS in your car to locate your home and if they should gain access to the garage door opener, they may not only get into your vehicle, they could gain access into your home.
Don’t Leave Any Passwords in Your Car
Hacking can take place physically within your car. If a hacker gains access to your OnStar password, for instance, he may take charge of your account. This means that the feature which enables you to shut off your engine remotely when you declare your vehicle stolen could become ineffective.
Patronize Reputable Repair Shops
Anyone who has physical access to your car and knowledge of car hacking can easily plans a car hack or robbery. So when you are leaving your car at a repair shop, you are taking a considerable risk. Use only reliable shops and dealerships because untrusted repair technicians can gain access to vital data including your driving history and the route you usually take to work or when returning home.
Avoid Downloading of Untrusted Apps
Most car infotainment systems are not protected and they are prime targets for hacking. It is easy for untrusted apps to transfer malware to your car’s computer. As much as possible use your smartphone for browsing and avoid using the web browser in your car.
Buy an Old Car Until Vehicles Have Better Security
If you are not in a hurry to buy the latest version of a particular vehicle, you can purchase an old version that is less vulnerable to hacking. For instance, an older Hyundai Accent may be a better option than many of the new cars in the same class because it will not be as susceptible to electronic hacking.
Look Out for Any Vehicle Recalls
The UConnect entertainment system in the Grand Cherokee has already received a recall due to cybersecurity threats. This vulnerability affected the car’s radio, windshield wipers, brakes and acceleration. The manufacturer sent out a USB device with an upgrade of the car’s software with improved security features.
Whether you are riding a modern computerized car with keyless entry or a car that has a few automated parts, you need to do all you can to prevent electronic car hacking. Don’t wait until your car is hacked into by thieves before you take steps to secure your vehicle against all vulnerabilities.