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Vulnerable to Hacking

We at Fairway Auto Repair love cars and it is also how we make our living.  This is why you can count on us to stay up-to-the minute on all things involving cars.  When the FBI and the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently said motor vehicles are increasingly vulnerable to hacking, we took note and wanted to share it with all our friends in Phoenix!

What is one of the many advantages of a connected car?  Software updates that a driver simply downloads.  Imagine receiving an email update for your vehicle and instead of it being legitimate, the links are taking you to a malicious website/software.  All this “connectivity” makes us vulnerable to those who want to use it for bad. 

Most of the time, being aware of the possibility is helpful.  Know who has access to your vehicle’s information.  We password protect our smart phones, laptops and other devices and are very wary of giving this information to just anybody.  We need to be just as concerned who has this information when it comes to our cars.

This is why in future it will be very important to choose an auto repair facility wisely and stick with them.  You have to take your vehicle to a trusted source and not just take it here for an oil change, there for a brake job and still somewhere else for cooling system services. 

When it comes to recalls, we at Fairway Auto Repair suggest you regularly visit the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) site http://ww1.nhtsa.com/ to get the latest information.  This will let you know if the “update” information you are given is legitimate or just a ruse to make you vulnerable to a hacking. 

Hacking is serious business and can of course cause annoyances but even worse, it can cause accidents and serious injuries. 

Stay safe, Phoenix!  Fairway Auto Repair is here to help!

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