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Protect Your Vehicle's Microcomputers

We're living in a brand new world now with the up to 100 microcomputers that function within your modern vehicle. If you have a car, truck, or SUV that was manufactured in the last 10 years, chances are you're operating not just a physical piece of machinery but one that is highly advanced and "smart" as well. And hackers can be some of the smartest people in the world. After all, it's their pleasure and sometimes their business to take over the complex microcomputers and connectivity devices within your vehicle. Not only do things like adaptive cruise control, traction, and braking often working based on microcomputers, but your connectivity devices leave you open to attacks as well. For today's information, though, we're talking about hackers who physically take control of your car's functions through the use of its computers. This means they can literally bring your car to a standstill even if you're driving down the middle of a busy highway. Not only is this annoying and terrifying, but it's dangerous, too. The hackers don't know if you're in the middle of a turn or simply going down an empty road. They can cause more than just annoyance. Taking over your vehicle could cause you to get into an accident. The question becomes how to prevent this.

How To Prevent Your Car From Being Controlled By Hackers

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Here are just a few things you can do to protect your vehicle from hackers. Every hacker has a different reason for wanting to have access to your car's functions, so consider each phase of protection carefully. Consider the motives.

Steering wheel lock- Someone who wants to hack your vehicle so they can steel it will need access to the steering wheel just to get anywhere. A good old-fashioned physical steering wheel lock can still stifle any hacker who's trying to steal your car. Technology is great, both connected and old-fashioned.

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Availability:Security measures by Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are generally considered out of this world. So you can truly put a dent in hacker plans by buying an automobile that has both of these programmed available for their system.

Get an OBD Lock: Your On-board diagnostic system is the way that mechanics are able to get inside your car's "mind" and see what's going on when something goes wrong. Hackers also use this port to access your car's sensitive information and gain control of functions. Don't let them! An OBD lock may run you some extra bucks, but it's well worth the price you pay to know that your vehicle's "brain" is protected.

Software updates: For sensitive personal information, you can't beat a simple software update when it's required. You can install automatic updates so that you never miss out on an update that might protect your car from malicious hackers.

It's scary to think of an unknown source gaining access to your car's functions. It's not just a personal security issue. It's a true safety issue, though some folks fail to see it that way. We encourage you to start seeing it that way and follow the tips provided here as well as others that we will be happy to provide you with.

Learn More About Protecting Your Vehicle

If you've got a modern car, you need a modern security plan that's going to keep the hackers away. Call us here at Reliable Nissan to discuss important security features for your specific model of vehicle. We'll be happy to help.

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