Automakers are doing everything in their power to keep users secure. Whether that means protecting you from collisions, reducing physical vulnerabilities, or protecting your data, there are always going to be some areas where security falls short and it’s important for consumers to be aware of how their vehicle could be impacted. Gatekeeper’s primary area of interest is physical security, especially surrounding the use of vehicles, but that sometimes overlaps with cybersecurity and what hackers can do. Here is what hackers accessing your vehicle could mean for security and how it relates to the physical element of vehicle inspection security.
Turn Bluetooth Off When Not in Use
Most security issues revolving around Bluetooth have been solved within the past decade, but there are still some risks you want to be on the lookout for. With the right experience and equipment, a hacker could infiltrate your system and leave your devices unable to properly function. Just remember to turn Bluetooth off whenever you’re not streaming music or on a hands-free phone call to help prevent any vulnerabilities from being exploited.
Keep Up With Security Updates
Modern vehicles are often equipped with the tech to wirelessly download security patches whenever a vulnerability may be discovered. Just like how you’d upgrade your computer or smartphone with the latest in security firmware, you’re going to want to do the same with your modern vehicle. This allows vehicle manufacturers to quickly respond to security threats and ensure that you’re as safe as you possibly can be.
Hide Your Key Fob
It’s easy to toss your keys onto a table when you get home and forget about it until the next day, but if you’re really concerned about security, you may not want to do so. In fact, some criminals are able to take advantage of signal-amplifying devices that can pick up on your car’s key fob signal and remotely unlock your vehicle. Try isolating the signal by tossing your keys in a metal box or by taking advantage of one of the many key holders out there that are designed to stop hackers.
Watch Who Accesses Your Vehicle
Being wary of who can access your vehicle is always wise. If someone gains physical access to your vehicle’s onboard diagnostic port, they can cause some serious damage and even put your life at risk. Take your vehicle to a trusted mechanic and be careful about anyone else who may have access to the interior of your vehicle.
Vehicle Inspection Security With Gatekeeper
Gatekeeper Security’s suite of intelligent optical technologies provides security personnel with the tool to detect today’s threats. Our systems help those in the energy, transportation, commercial, and government sectors protect their people and their valuables by detecting threats in time to take action. From automatic under vehicle inspection systems, automatic license plate reader systems, to on the move automatic vehicle occupant identifier, we offer full 360-degree vehicle scanning to ensure any threat is found. Throughout 30 countries around the globe, Gatekeeper Security’s technology is trusted to help protect critical infrastructure. Follow us on Facebook and LinkedIn for updates about our technology and company.