Key fobs are getting more complicated and smarter. But car thieves are getting smarter too. In fact, they’ve found a way to hack into new model cars, 50 feet away from you.

According to retired FBI agent Holly Hubert, a thief doesn’t necessarily need to get their hands on your car keys to break into it. In an interview with USA Today, the ex-cybersecurity expert explained how if one uses a keyless system, wireless entry, or a fob, to unlock your car, all someone needs to do is steal the wireless signal the device emits.

Fortunately, there is a special “tool” you can use to protect you from these hackers.

Tinfoil. Yes, you read that right. Tinfoil.

There’s a reason cops are telling people to wrap their car fobs in tin foil. And if your local police haven’t urged you to do this yet, then you’re falling behind. A new scam is targeting drivers and can put them in danger. Police don’t want that to happen to good and innocent people, so they’re taking time out of their schedules to share the warning with various people across their jurisdictions.

Hacking into a car requires two devices, one near the car and one near the key. First, the device by the car will spoof a signal from your key fob. Then, your car’s wireless entry system, thinking that you’re trying to get in, will send out a radio signal to the fob and wait to receive a special code that will unlock your vehicle.

In a game of telephone, the hacker’s device copies that code and sends it to the other receiver, which then sends the code to the key. When the key responds with its special signal, the code is again copied from receiver to receiver and then to the car, thus unlocking your automobile.

Wrapping key fobs in aluminum isn’t the prettiest option, but it’s the most inexpensive way to keep your keys safe, Holly Hubert, a retired former cybersecurity expert at the FBI, told the Detroit Free Press. “The cyber threat is so dynamic and ever changing, it’s hard for consumers to keep up.”

As CEO of GuardKnox Cyber Technologies and a veteran of the Israeli Air Force, Moshe Shlisel says one can tell if these metal protectors work if you can’t unlock a car door when the fob is inside.

If you think about it, your car is always waiting for the fob signal. If it’s a newer car model, you might not even have to press any buttons. You just simply need to approach your car and the doors will unlock automatically. That is how car thieves can easily intercept the electronic signal and then open your car without setting off any alarms. All while you’re sitting 20 feet away.

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Sources: AWM, Detroit Free Press

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