The convenience of the keyless ignition systems allows car owners to start their car remotely, automatically unlock car doors as they approach, and are easily stored in a pocket backpack or handbag. This technology is not without limitations. Along with making life easier for car owners, car thieves use the key fob to their advantage.
Keyless transmits a unique low-frequency signal to the car’s computer system, which then validates that the correct signal has been sent and allows you to push a button on the dashboard or console to unlock the doors and start the engine. Hackers can take advantage of this by using an inexpensive relay box to copy and transmit the signal from your key fob while it’s still inside your home or on your person, making it easy to steal your vehicle.
Automakers applied disruptive innovation theory, trying to improve an existing product. Unfortunately, they did not think through their technology and how hackers could use innovation to their advantage. No worries, you can store your key fob in your refrigerator, freezer, microwave, or some other giant hunk of metal that can block the radio signal so that thieves can never pick it up.
Linder, C. (2019, November 29). 5 Impressive Ways Criminals Use Wireless Signals to Steal Everything-Even Your Car. Retrieved from https://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/security/a29835980/technology-theft-rfid-bluetooth/.