While we have established that all key fobs are constantly emitting a signal that has the potential to be hijacked and used against you, just how much data do these tiny devices really hold?
As we have covered before, car theft is no longer about breaking windows but now entails a lot of computer work. Many car manufacturers work to secure the cars themselves and spend countless hours on fine tuning their technology, but just how much of that is spent on the most accessible part of the car, the key fob.
Wireless entry and start may seem like a step in the right direction as far as automation but it is not the best for your personal security.
Two Labs in Europe, Goth Laboratory and Lockmasters Group, specialize on lock mechanism in vehicles, buildings and more for government agencies and insurance companies. They have found that in the modern car many aspects, such as the central computer, and the locks and keys, can all be hacked to obtain entry. While you may have seen this in action in your latest spy movie, keep in mind that this is also being used by the lasted car thieves.
In more recent use cases, these companies have the capability of taking your key fob and getting a read out of the VIN, Mileage of the car, the last time it was driven, and even the fuel level, and if that isn't scary enough newer versions have capabilities to store GPS Data.
These companies are using their technology largely to break down fraud or to aid the government, but it needs to be talked about on the consumer level. The technology is out there so what are you doing?
Storing your Car's Key Fob, especially if it is a higher end model, in a portable Faraday Cage is the easiest and simplest protection for your car. Simply drop your keys in side while you are not driving and have the security and peace of mind of our patented protection.
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