WHAT DOES YOUR CAR KNOW ABOUT YOU?
The Dangers of Syncing Your Phone to your Vehicle
October 9, 2018 –– Syncing your phone to your vehicle’s infotainment system is a wonderful convenience that allows you to make hands-free calls and texts, stream music, and even browse the web. But in order to do this, the infotainment system may store personal information kept on your phone.
If the answer is no, you should think about your vehicle in the same terms. Your personal information is too valuable to leave it out in the open.
“Drivers need to be prudent about their personal info; this goes beyond identity theft into the realm of personal safety,” said James Moore, Car Care Center Manager for AAA. “Every car system is different, and prior to syncing a device to a vehicle motorists need to be aware of the risks.”
The stored information is vulnerable to theft. If you trade in your car, sync your phone to a rental car, or hand your keys to a valet, you open yourself up to having your personal information stolen. It is possible for an unauthorized person to gain access to your home address and access your garage door opener.
Currently there are no industry or government standards for vehicle infotainment systems, but here are some general guidelines:
Know the type of information that your infotainment system may be storing:
Know what you can do to protect your information:
Your personal information is as valuable as it is vulnerable. Treat the information stored in your car—or rental car—with the same discretion you give to your checkbook, cell phone, and birth certificate. For more information on a wide variety of automotive topics visit THE BRAKEDOWN.
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