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Can A Garage Door Opener Be Hacked?

Sometimes we have the idea that newer means it is better and that we are much safer than in the past. Can your garage door be hacked, well the short answer is an absolute yes? 

Neighborhood Garage Door Repair is aware and up to date on the ins and outs of the latest tricks and techniques of these hackers. With our help, you can make your garage door safer or at least be more aware of the possible dangers of your opener

Dip Switches and The Original Hack Job 

The original garage door was created in the 1920s and since then criminals and those seeking thrills have come up with new ways to break and enter. If someone bought a garage door opener by the same manufacturer you could literally open any of these garage doors. Being that they used the same codes it made it easy for your common criminal to hack in.

Of course, as the manufacturers realized this they put safeguards in place. This safeguard they put in place was a dip-switch system. It used a  system of 8-12 switches that could be moved up or down on the opener and the switches had to match the ones on your remote. 

As time went on, these were easily hacked with computer technology and a toy. If you have a garage door opener made before 1993 open and up and look for the switches. I would look into replacing and updating your garage door. 

Rolling or Hopping Method 

New garage doors are hacked through a method known as rolling or hopping. and although new garage doors are generally safe like anything else there are ways around the system. A criminal can jam your remote and copy the code. There is a lot more to it than this but bottom line it can be hacked.

Modern Disadvantages 

Garage doors that have internet access are also susceptible to hacking. Actually, anything connected to the internet is open to the world and hackers far and wide not just in your immediate neighborhood. 

You can protect yourself by making sure you have a top-notch firewall on your internet and best in your router. Choose a manufacturer with excellent reviews and do your homework on garage door security.

Final Thoughts

At the end of the day, any garage door is open to hacking but there are things you can and should do to protect yourself. Reading as much information as you can on different manufacturers is one of the best things you can do. If you need help we have people who can help point you in the right direction. 

We Can Help Keep You Safe

If you find yourself feeling like you are not as safe as you would like or you need a garage door opener installed, Garage Door Repair has your back. We service the area seven days a week and have a technician that is knowledgable and concerned about your safety. Give us a call and we can help to get you in business.

You Can Trust Us for the Job

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They sent Doug Fussell out to my house on the day after Christmas! I had only called them three days before! Doug was a premier technician, very thorough and very efficient. I expected him to take two days, since he was replacing two doors and adding openers on each door. He only took the daylight hours of one day! I could not believe how fast he was! In addition, he thoroughly taught me how to use the remote openers. I highly recommend them to anyone!
~Donald B.

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We just bought a home and this company was so understanding as I had to change the appointment time a few times. Then the tech came out and was so kind and helpful. I could not have asked for a better experience and will suggest them to anyone who needs work done on their garage door!
~Tammy K.

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My garage door broke on a Saturday night as I was getting ready to leave for a holiday party. Kelvin was here within 30 minutes. He reviewed everything with me that was happening with my door. He gave me the estimates of what was immediately needed to be done in order for my door to raise and then what I will need to have done very soon. I could see all the problems he pointed out to me and I decided to have everything done. He completed everything that night. I was very satisfied with Kelvin’s professionalism and the work he did. Thank you again.
~Joyce N

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