how to protect your car from that scary key fob attack

Stealing your fancy new car shouldn’t be easy, but as a recently published video filmed in September  reminds us, it all too often is. That’s because, it turns out, the very same wireless key fob designed to unlock and start your shiny vehicle can be turned against you by those looking for a gone-in-under-60-seconds score.

But here’s the thing: While the car-jacking technique in question is relatively straightforward to pull off, it’s also simple to fight against. All it takes is a little bit of precaution and you can sleep easy knowing your four-wheeled friend is safe and sound.

The method in question is called a relay attack, and, while not a new threat, it’s once again on the minds of worried car owners following the filmed theft of a Mercedes-Benz in the UK. In the video, two criminals can be seen rolling up to a parked car, fiddling with two devices, and then making their escape. The video is 86-seconds long, but the crime itself took even less time.

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