Garage doors can be hacked if someone gets their hands on your digital code or knows how to open the door manually from the opener. To prevent this, having a variable code is a must. Garage door openers are a great convenience, allowing you to open the door with just a push of a button. With LiftMaster's MyQ technology, you can even do this from anywhere in the world.
However, this convenience comes at a cost to your home's security. Older garage door openers have a fixed code that is sent over radio frequencies. If someone has hacking skills and uses a device called a code grabber (which records the code sent by an opener), they can easily hack your system and open the garage door. This was discovered in the 1960s when automatic openers became more widely adopted, as all doors used the same code.
Thieves quickly realized that they could open almost any door by buying a few remote controls from different manufacturers. This led the garage door industry to introduce new openers that featured modifiable codes. Garage door openers manufactured before 1993 were equipped with a DIP switch code selector, which meant that they used a static code for their operation. Although few people are targeted by hackers and intruders on garage doors, it's much better to be prepared than to be surprised by intruders in your home.
This technique will only work with static code devices, which are usually fairly old garage door openers. A security expert named Samy Kamkar discovered that he could hack his garage door opener with an easily available children's toy. Therefore, as soon as you realize that you are missing a remote opener control, call your local garage door company and ask them to reset your opening codes immediately. Major garage door opener manufacturers don't compromise on safety, so they always innovate and release regular updates. As a homeowner, you should pay more attention to maintaining and operating your garage door properly to keep everyone safe.
Once the code is registered, the intruder now basically has a copy of the remote control of the garage door opener and can open the garage with his device. Some remote controls can now choose from billions of combinations, and there are systems that prevent a garage door opener from responding to the same code more than once. They could hack the door by transmitting all possible combinations to a fixed code system, thus bypassing the lock and opening the garage door. In fact, a security expert was able to modify a text messaging toy to hack his garage door, demonstrating how simple the process is. To ensure your safety and security, it's important to take all necessary precautions when it comes to your garage door keypad. Make sure you have an up-to-date system with variable codes and regularly check for any suspicious activity around your home.
If you suspect that someone has hacked your system or stolen your remote control, contact your local garage door company immediately.