With the advent of autonomous and connected cars, criminals don’t have to break your window to do serious damage to your automobile. There are a few ways, though, to make sure that hackers don’t get access.
Bloomberg View columnist Leonid Bershidsky laid out a few of them in a column today. Here are a few of the best tips:
- Drive a simpler car. The top-end cars, such as those from Tesla (TSLA) and BMW, have more microprocessors, which creates a bigger “attack area” for hackers to mess with your vehicle
- Expensive cars are also particularly strong candidates for hacking, as they’re worth the time and effort from hackers.
- Unessential connections, such as a processor in the entertainment system, or anti-lock breaks, create more potential hacking opportunities.
So, it essentially boils down to this: sure, your newest connected car might be super cool, but all those creature comforts make you more likely to be the target of a hack.