OBD PORT PROTECTION
OBD Protector stops theives using the OBD Port to clone keys and steal your vehicle.
The On-Board Diagnostic (OBD) port is the portal to the vehicle’s information and generally required to provide access to the Electronic Control Unit (ECU) or brain of a vehicle during maintenance and servicing. This is where your service agent will plug their computer/diagnostic machine in to run diagnostics and carry out updates or checks on your vehicle.
Most vehicles taken without keys are stolen using devices which plug into the OBD port. These intelligent devices hack the brain of the vehicle and are able to bypass the vehicle’s integrated security protocols. This is genuine industry hardware used in a sinister way by a thief, it is not illegal to own these devices nor for companies to sell them, furthermore there is no licencing required or checks to confirm the legitimacy of buyers. This equipment is readily available through multiple resellers online.
Most of these devices are pre-programmed so that when they plug into a vehicle, the alarm is turned off during the hacking process. Once hacked these devices usually then program a new key or trick the vehicle into thinking the key is already present. In many instances, this process can take less than 30 seconds before the thief can drive the vehicle away.
Another major issue facing the automotive industry as vehicles become more connected and integrated into owners lives is the threat that sensitive personal information stored in the vehicle may also be hacked and stolen using the same process and access through the OBD port.