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Holiday Car Rental? AAA Warns Syncing Your Phone
to Vehicle Can Breech Privacy
December 18, 2018 –– If you’re holiday travels include car rental, AAA Oklahoma urges you to think twice before syncing your phone to the vehicle’s infotainment system. While syncing allows you to make hands-free calls and texts, stream music, and even browse the web, the personal information stored on your phone may be shared in order to do this.
“Drivers need to be prudent about their personal info; this goes beyond identity theft into the realm of personal safety,” said Leslie Gamble, public affairs manager, AAA Oklahoma. “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 sync your phone to a rental car, hand your keys to a valet or trade in your car, you open yourself up to having personal information stolen.It is possible for an unauthorized person to gain access to your home address and access your garage door opener.
Know the type of information that your infotainment system may be storing:
Know what you need to do to protect your information:
AAA provides automotive, travel, and insurance services to 59million members nationwide and more than 400,000 members in Oklahoma.AAA advocates for the safety and mobility of its members and has been committed to outstanding road service for more than 100 years. AAA is a non-stock, non-profit corporation working on behalf of motorists, who can now map a route, find local gas prices, discover discounts, book a hotel, and track their roadside assistance service with the AAA Mobile app (AAA.com/mobile) for iPhone, iPad and Android.For more information, visitwww.AAA.com.
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