How Not to be a Car Hacking Victim?

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Imagine that you're driving down the road when the AC turns on in cold weather. Either that or the radio starts playing hip hop. Suddenly, the engine dies in the middle of the highway with traffic all around. What do you do now? These could be signs that you were hacked by a hacker. Today's cars have a lot of technology in them, which has turned them into one big computer. Unfortunately, some criminals have taken advantage of this new flaw to benefit themselves. To avoid becoming a car hacking victim, here are a couple of actions that you can take.

  1. Don't Use a Remote Keyless System
    The second action that you can take is to avoid using a remote keyless system. While it adds some convenience for you, it, unfortunately, also becomes a gateway that hackers can use to benefit themselves. It's one of the easiest ways that they can hack their way into your car. They simply scan the push-button lock system, and they mimic the same properties to hack their way into your car.

  2. Use a Steering Wheel Lock
    To start, you can use a steering wheel lock to keep hackers from getting in. Most car thieves will see the lock, and they won't even bother. They will search for a weaker target because they know what a hassle it can be to get through the lock. It might take up a lot of space in your trunk, but at the end of the day, it's worth the cost.

  3. Exercise The Same Caution That You Would with a Computer
    When it comes to using a computer, you take precautions. You don't click into suspicious links, and you avoid strange websites because it could lead to a virus. The same becomes true with a computer. You have to take the right precautions to stay safe.

  4. Use Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
    Whether you choose Android Auto or Apple CarPlay, this is a smartphone integration system that has become quite popular with many of the newer vehicles. It adds some more security for your car because the worst information that a hacker can normally get from your device is the identification code from the device, but this will be useless without having the phone itself. The risk of data exposure does exist, but it's a minuscule risk at this time. The greater risk comes from older technology like a Bluetooth system on the car paired up with a phone because the car will store a ton of this information, and if hackers get access to it, they could use it for different exploits.

  5. Don't Use Unknown USBs
    Some people don't understand the great danger that they face from using random USBs in their car's USB ports. This opens them up to viruses to hit the car from the USB port. Once a virus gets introduced to the car's system, it makes it more susceptible to hacking. All a person has to do is add the USB to the USB port, and once this happens, automatically execute, and they can begin to make random and unwanted changes to your car.

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Would you like to learn more about the different ways that you can keep your information safe from hackers? If you're interested in learning more about this subject, we hope that you will consider contacting Van Hyundai. We will give you further information so that you will have a better understanding of how to keep your car safe from getting hacked and causing your problems later.

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