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What Does Your Car Know About You?
The Dangers of Syncing Your Phone to your Vehicle
PHILADELPHIA, PA (October 8, 2018) With so many stories about privacy and security in the news, AAA Mid-Atlantic reminds drivers to be aware of the risks that come with syncing your phone to your vehicle. Your personal information is too valuable to leave out in the open.
Ask yourself -Would you leave your Social Security card on a park bench and just walk away? Would you leave your unlocked smartphone in a crowded airport terminal while you went to a vending machine? If the answer is no, you should think about your vehicle in the same terms.
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.
“Drivers need to be prudent about their personal info; this goes beyond identity theft into the realm of personal safety,” warns Jana L. Tidwell, manager of Public and Government Affairs for AAA Mid-Atlantic. “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:
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.
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