Motion Sensing Key Fob

Ford Fights Back Against Keyless Car Hackers

New Ford security technology which disables their keyless entry fobs when not in use to block illegal hacking.

Keyless entry fobs of all makes of cars have been targeted by thieves with “relay box” equipment, used to extend the signal from fobs in homes to unlock and start vehicles parked outside.  

Now, a new motion sensor inside the Ford fob detects when it has been stationary for longer than 40 seconds and triggers a sleep mode, which will not respond to attempts to hack its signal via a “relay box” or through the misuse of other specialist equipment.

Moving the keyless fob by picking it up inside the home and taking it to the car will restore full functionality by the time drivers approach their cars. Ford fobs are designed to operate only within a two-metre radius of the cars they are bonded to.

Top Ford security tips

  • Check for visual cues to confirm the car is double locked (after a double click of the lock button on your remote) as you walk away.  The indicators flash as the alarm is set and in some cases wing mirrors fold in as permanent confirmation that the car is secure
  • Do not store keyless entry fobs just inside your front door within close range of a car parked outside. Fobs without new sleep mode should be stored further away, in a suitable metal box or shielded pouch available as part of TVL range – and TASSA (Tracking & Aftermarket Security System Association) approved
  • A Ford dealer checks every time a car is serviced for any security software upgrades or other recommended modifications.  It is important to visit a dealer, especially with an older car, to receive outstanding updates

Please check with your dealer if your key fob has this feature.

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