Security Updates for Automobiles and Smartphones

Fiat Chrysler has recalled an additional 7,810 2015 Jeep Renegades due to a vulnerability that allows a hacker to take control of the Jeep. This is in addition to the 1.4 million Dodges, Jeeps, Rams and Chryslers recalled earlier this summer.

The hack updates the firmware in the automobile’s computer and allows control of the transmission, radio, air conditioning and other systems. Owners of the recalled vehicles will get a USB flash drive via postal mail that they can plug in and update the firmware in their car.

Owners can enter their VIN number here to see if their vehicle is at risk.

In related concerns, owners of any smartphone or tablets should regularly update their software when updates come out. Each update typically includes patches for security holes found in recent months. For security reasons, Apple and Google do not publish the details of these patches. The same holds true for laptops and computers.

All electronic devices should be updated regularly. Also, note that “jailbroken” or “rooted” smartphones are the most vulnerable for attack since they allow access to restricted areas of the smartphone. Security experts recommend to never jailbreak or root phones that contain private information.

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