If I had a penny for every time I lost my car keys, I’d be very rich by now. Rich enough to buy myself a new car. Well maybe a toy car, since that was a little bit dramatic, but you get the point.
Also, if you never had to experience the pain of having your vehicle stolen, consider yourself to be very lucky. I find myself in that group. However, I can imagine the agony and frustrations of being violated in such a way. I can’t even imagine getting my phone stolen let alone my car, a vehicle I use every single day to take me places.
Not to mention the fact that they are highly expensive. The newer the model, the more the bells and whistles and all kind of improvements that will make your life so much easier. We consider them to be very convenient because of all that technology added. However, technology is not always a life saver.
There’s been a 30% increase in car theft over the past few years, Sky News reports.
We’d expect to think that because of all the new technology installed in new vehicles, thieves will not be able to catch up will all the security systems built into the vehicles. However, thieves are quickly catching up and they can even steal vehicles that don’t even open with car keys.
Steve Launchburry of Thatcham Research, told the news outlet:
“As the car is more digitally connected, obviously that opens it up to new types of criminality. When you have keyless-type vehicles where you physically just press a button and walk away, you’ve got the risk now of the signal being captured,”
The keyless fobs that come with most vehicles can become compromised. All it takes is to amplify the signal and they can get access to your car, even if you aren’t anywhere near.
The fob codes can be copied easily as USA Today reports. Seems like the auto industry is not keeping up with the bad guys.
However, there are different methods you can prevent that from happening. Here are a few you might want to consider:
How to protect your car at night
Since most car thieves actually target cars at night, you can protect your car from being stolen by storing the fob in a coffee can. Why you might ask, well, the metal in the coffee can disrupt the signals thus keeping them from accessing the code.
How to protect your car during the day
Wrapping your car keys in aluminum foil. Holly Hubert, a former cybersecurity expert, told USA Today:
“Although it’s not ideal, it is the most inexpensive way,”
“The cyber threat is so dynamic and ever changing, it’s hard for consumers to keep up.”
See the video below of how thieves steal a brand new car:
Source: SWNS TV
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