Can Garage Door Openers Be Hacked?

Hacking occurs when someone identifies a weakness in computer systems or networks and exploits this weakness to gain access. An example of hacking is when someone uses a password cracking algorithm to gain access to a system. Network hacking isn’t just some cool technique that you see in spy films; it’s a real practice that comes with serious ramifications. It’s all fun and games until one of your systems is hacked.

Believe it or not, your garage door opener can be hacked into—just like your computer. Virtually any garage door opener can be hacked. 

Infiltrated Garages Lead to Infiltrated Homes

Let’s get this out of the way—even if a sophisticated security system protects your home, you still run the risk of being hacked. Security systems are usually better at giving us the illusion of being safe rather than keeping us safe. This is not to say that security systems are obsolete, but rather to let you know that you should always keep your guard up. 

It was easier to tell if your garage was broken into in years past. A broken garage padlock was your first telltale sign of someone tampering with it. Stolen passwords and codes don’t leave obvious traces as a physical lock does. Modern garage door openers are electronic devices, and they are vulnerable to an attack. 

You may be thinking to yourself, “So what? It’s just a garage door.” Shift your way of thinking now. Understand that if someone compromises the biggest port of entry to your home, they now have access to the rest of your house. Most homeowners keep valuables, memorabilia, and large, expensive items in their garage. 

Hacked Garage Door Incidents

So, how do these hackers even gain access to your garage door? Recently, a cybersecurity expert discovered that garage doors that use an insecure fixed code system could easily be bypassed. This expert-created his own device called OpenSesame, which can try any possible passcode combination for a garage door in a matter of seconds. He used an old toy to make his device. Thieves are now discovering ways to remotely open garage doors from the comfort of their own home. What’s the bottom line? Anything connected to a network can be hacked. 

Measures to Help Secure Your Garage

One of the most effective ways to better secure your garage is to use rolling code technology in your system. For people who don’t have access to rolling code technology, here are other police recommended methods of better improving your garage’s security. 

If you go on vacation, unplug your garage door opener unit or use a vacation lock on the wall console switch. This is an optional accessory on some garage door openers. 

Treat your garage door opener like a house key. Never leave your door’s remote control in your car or with a parking attendant. Don’t trust anyone outside of your family with your remote. 

Invest in a wireless keypad and activate the garage door opener with a personal pin. Avoid writing your pin on a piece of paper. 

Take care of your garage the same way you take care of the rest of your home. When was the last time you had a garage door check-up? The Garage Door Man offers routine checks at a competitive price. Contact us today.