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  • Writer's pictureMichael Paulyn

The Rise of Automotive Hacking & 4 Ways to Stop It

Updated: Aug 11, 2022

The car industry seems to be heading for driverless vehicles and trucks; it's only time. Industry experts state that these new autonomous cars will be safer and more enjoyable than today's cars. Major auto manufacturers across the globe have a dirty little secret, and they don't want you to find out.

Things like Bluetooth and Wi-Fi make driving and calling someone super easy and safe, but it's a gold mine for hackers. The secret the major car brands are trying to hide is that their vehicles have problems with cybersecurity. In this blog, I talk about some preventive methods to ensure you stay safe and that hackers don't have the chance to mess with your car.

4 Ways to Stop Automotive Hacking

For a hacker to hijack your vehicle, taking over the steering, changing the gears, and eventually stealing it is a breeze, taking over the steering, changing the gears, and eventually stealing it. In 2020 alone, there was a 138% increase in automotive hacking events, which will only continue to grow. Below are six ways to stop automotive hacking; check each point out and stay safe!

1. Update Software

Today's cars on cars have more in common with your mobile phone or laptop than vehicles for prior decades. It's best always to watch for any notifications to update software recommended by the manufacturer. A car with outdated software is perfect for a hacker to steal. Most hackers look for the path of least resistance; if your vehicle's software isn't updated, you could be at risk.

2. Check Your Wireless Systems

All cars use different wireless systems to warn about cars ahead and keep you safe. The risk here is that so many systems we rely on can give hackers many options to take over your vehicle, making you vulnerable.

3. Always Use Your VPN

VPNs are one of the best ways to keep you and your car out of the hands of hackers. Using a VPN adds another layer of protection to keep your vehicles engine and electronic operating system entirely secure from malware attacks. A strong VPN can make all the difference.

4. Security, Security, Security

If you haven't guessed from reading this blog so far, security should always be a top priority. Most car manufacturers today state that while the design of their vehicles is vital, security is right next to it. After all, without a robust security system, your vehicle's likely the next target for any hacker.

My Two Cents

The automotive industry will go through many changes in the coming years. Our cars will become more like computers or large appliances, and the future should be enjoyable.

Cybersecurity continues to be a crucial matter; the car industry seems no exception.

Hungry for more? Join me each week, where I'll break down complex topics and dissect the latest news within the cybersecurity industry and blockchain ecosystem, simplifying the world of tech.

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