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Rise of Automotive Hacking

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According to the statistic, the global automotive industry will expand by nine trillion U.S. dollars by 2030. Thus, it appears that the future of the automotive industry is bright. 

Certainly, autonomy is the future of the automotive industry. All the credit goes to driverless cars. Not only are they safer, more comfortable but also more convenient to use than regular cars.  

However, there is a stumbling block which this innovative technology needs to deal with, i.e., cyber-attacks. As automotive vehicles use Bluetooth and Wi-Fi technologies to communicate, which makes them more prone to cyber-attacks. These attacks vary from physical to long-range digital attacks. Alone in 2020 Last year alone, the number of automotive hacking incidents jumped by nearly 138%. So how bad are we talking about?  

According to Upstream  there will be 99% increase in the coming years. In February there was a data breach on Toyota which exposed the personal information of 3.1 million of its customers.  

It is a cakewalk for hackers to control the vehicle, steer it, change gears, and even steal it. If your vehicle is under a cyber attack, hackers can easily access the owner’s trip data. However, there are various methods to protect your vehicles against hacking. 

How to prevent cyber attacks in automobiles?  

Below our experts recommend five ways to protect your vehicles against hacking. These practices will allow the manufacturers to develop solutions, analyze any threat or suspicious activity. Check them out. 

  • Update your car’s software 

An outdated software not only contains bugs but is under constant threat of hacking. Hackers can steal your private data or take control of your car. So it is recommended to check your computer for software updates. Keep an eye out for notices from your auto manufacturer, and update your car’s software. 

  • Restrict use of wireless systems 

Wireless systems that monitor every move of your vehicle remotely may cause you to worry. They are at high risk because wireless or remote systems are generally controlled online and are more vulnerable to cyber-attacks. 

  • Use VPN 

 VPNs have proved to be an effective way of keeping automotive operators safe. VPN protects your car’s engine and its electronics systems from external malware attacks. Hence, a strong VPN is recommended for car users to access the internet safely. 

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