We don't mean to alarm you, though actually, we kind of do. There is a very good reason for us to do so, as we want to encourage you to take some notes and measures in order to protect your car from being hacked. Yeah, that's right, cars can be susceptible to hacking.
Past the Days of Crowbars
Automotive and security technologies have greatly evolved over the years. Unfortunately, so have thieves. If not so long ago they had to break into the car with a crowbar, these days they have electronic measures to take over your vehicle from afar. Vehicles today are almost totally controlled by electronic and computer systems, which are comprised of dozens of microchips spread throughout the car. This assembly of microchips basically makes the entire structure of the operating system of the automobile.
In modern cars, you don't really have to physically be inside the car to control it. Advanced remote control options enable car owners to gain control over locking or unlocking doors, locking or unlocking windows, controlling tire pressure, controlling the ignition system and the multimedia system, as well as being able to perform other activities regarding their car.
The problem is that as wireless connection technology advances, so do the means of thieves and burglars become more diverse and allow them to take control over your car from afar.
Automobile manufactures agree on several security means you would be best advised to use in order to keep your car from being hacked:
Wi-Fi connection and remote access control
When you buy a modern car, or if you already have one in possession, you should check with the manufacturer about your car's wireless system and about how you can properly use it in order to prevent unauthorized use.
Attend only credible auto shops
The auto shop market is filled with charlatans and people with less than honest intentions that can cause a lot of damage to your car because of poor performance, but that can also use your personal information that's stored in your car systems in malicious ways, such as passing on security systems details for the right price. Be sure to attend only reliable and recommended auto shops, even if you have to pay a little bit more, it's certainly worth it.
Aftermarket auto parts
Buying aftermarket parts puts you at risk, because if you don't purchase them from a formal and confirmed supplier, you just might get a cat in a bag.
Keep your personal info safe
Every car owner has a file of auto related documents that include private information like name, address, and even security information that needs to be kept away from eyes other than those of the vehicle's owner. Put your documents in a safe place and don't leave them in the vehicle for others to watch, like when putting your car in the auto shop.
Drive safe and keep your car yours!