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.
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.
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.