The New Way to Steal a Car

A signal booster is the new shim.

The method exploits keyless entry, a once-luxury feature now found in entry-level cars.

I speak with Ted Harrington, co-founder of Independent Security Evaluators, a company that pioneered car hacking.

Very basically:

The Attack

Amplify the proximity radius, and now the key and car are talking when they shouldn’t be. Thief goes in, off he drives.

The Defence

Keep your key fob in a Faraday Cage (no signals can get in or go out)… do this by wrapping the fob in aluminum foil.

Read it online at Autonet.

Favourite line:

Pretty geeky, and probably beyond the average criminal, right? The trouble is that the online black market is massive and lucrative.

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Blog tag = auto security

 

 

Sun Protective Clothing for Driving

Got so burnt in early June – in a coupe too – that I realized I can no longer drive without special protective UV clothing.  So I investigated.

Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) rating – 15 is good, but 50+ is what you want. And turns out China is really into this idea of protective-driving-clothing.

Read it online at Autonet.

Favourite line:

Use the search term “summer driving clothing” and click on results from DHGate or AliExpress, two of China’s largest online retailers. Below are “arm mittens.”

I’m going to order the above hat, gloves and shawl, really.

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Blog tag = #NoSun 

(taken during the 2014 Mazda Adventure Rally)

 

 

Ever Checked your Spare Tire?

In the back of your mind is probably your spare tire, “it’ll protect me.” But when did you last check its condition? In the 7 years I owned my old Jetta, it never occurred to me once. And we’re making a mistake.

Check these 3 things on your spare – age, inflation, and tread wear.

Read it online at Autonet.

Favourite line

Pull two other people into your field of vision. Of the three of you, one will get a flat tire this year.

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About Sound Systems in Cars

Speaking with an audio expert if it’s worth it to buy the audio system upgrade, how a siren will pierce through the cabin filled with music, can your ears really bleed, and the dumbest thing someone’s asked him to install.

Read it online at Autonet.

Favourite line

A siren’s frequency, around 2,000 hertz (Hz), is what pierces through my music, ensuring it is heard.

All ‘Keri on Driving’ columns here.

For a barometer of how loud stuff is, click here.