A key component to a safe, connected vehicle is wireless technology. Whether used for connectivity features, security authentications or to transmit data from the vehicle to the cloud, wireless systems are common in today’s smart cars. Unfortunately, this technology also increases the risk of cyberattacks on your vehicle and its driver.
While connected vehicles provide a wealth of convenience, they also make it easier for bad actors to attack your car’s telematics systems, steal your information, hack into its internal communication system or even take control of your vehicle.
In order to keep your vehicle secure, be sure to stay up-to-date with your wireless updates and always use strong passwords. Additionally, it is recommended to review the privacy policies of third-party services and only allow permissions you need. Lastly, consider using a privacy screen on your infotainment system to prevent onlookers from seeing your personal information while you’re driving.
Currently, most new vehicles are equipped with Wi-Fi systems and built-in cellular connections to connect with mobile networks. These features provide access to internet, e-mail and other applications while you’re on the road. However, the connection to the cellular network makes these vehicles vulnerable to cyberattacks and provides an entry point for bad actors to steal your personal information or take over your vehicle’s safety systems.