LoJack's National Vehicle Theft Protection Campaign
When it comes to car security, the technology changes literally every day and to be honest, in most cases the crooks are quicker than the carmakers when it comes to hacking into systems and compromising security.
At Grahams Custom Body Shop Inc, we hear about cars getting stolen and broken into in Virginia Beach, VA all the time, so we were interested in LoJack's National Vehicle Theft Protection Campaign. The purpose of this campaign is to help car owners about new auto theft technology and techniques with today's connected vehicles.
Vehicle theft is beginning to shift because of all of the highly advanced techniques that are now available to every connected vehicle thief out there. These crooks are very smart, connected to the technology and more much more difficult to stop They are primarily targeting vehicles and on-board data that can be damaging and extremely difficult to recover.
LoJack's new campaign is devised to educate car owners and businesses about the rapidly evolving nature of automotive theft, because in the end, knowledge is empowering. If your life has been impacted in any way by car theft, you know that it's a headache that nobody wants.
Here are some suggestions offered by LoJack about how to stop car thieves or auto hackers:
Guard Your Sensitive Data Carefully
If you know that personal data is stored in your vehicle, be aware of and selective with the information that is there. Because it is almost impossible to withhold certain data, such as your home address in your GPS system, be extra careful with your car. Always make sure that it is locked and avoid parking in areas that don’t seem secure.
Continually Update Your Manufacturer Software
It’s a good idea to download the latest firmware and software upgrades from your vehicle’s manufacturer as soon as they are made available. You can also ask the mechanic about updates when you visit the service department of your dealership.
Be Aware of Vehicle Recalls
If it is discovered that there is a flaw in a car’s system that makes it vulnerable to cyber attacks, the vehicle may be recalled. To avoid driving around in a faulty car, check the web often for recall lists and alerts.
Consider Theft Prevention Products
It may cost you some money, but installing an immobilizer or an alarm is a sound investment. These devices are good theft deterrents.
Never Leave Your Devices Exposed and Unattended
When you exit your car, take your smartphone, tablet and other devices with you. Leaving them within sight invites crooks to steal both the devices and the data they contain. You should also closely guard your key fob.
Rely on Common Sense
Ignoring basic safety rules can make it all-too-easy for car thieves. So, don’t leave keys in your vehicle with the engine running. Also, don’t “hide” a spare key in the car, and always lock your door when you exit your vehicle.
Sources: LoJack, CNN and Forbes