Automatic doors and garage door remotes are great conveniences that make life simpler. Who wants to get out of the car, run through the weather and mess with a manual door? But besides homeowners there’s another group that enjoys easy access to a home garage. Yes, you guessed it. We’re talking about thieves.
Why You Should Reprogram a Garage Door Remote
Reprogramming a garage door remote can keep your home safer. You should reprogram from time to time.
Nearly everyone has lost track of a garage door remote. Remotes get lost, swiped or handed to a neighbor. If your car is stolen, now the thief has a key to your garage, too. However it happens, if one of your remotes is missing, it’s time to reset the remaining ones.
Even if all your remotes are accounted for, decide on a regular interval for reprogramming. Perhaps you have a home security system. When you reprogram that, do the remote on the same day. Or see to the remote at the same time you change the batteries in your smoke detector.
What the Hack?
Burglars have a new way to get into your garage: hacking. Yep, even bad guys like to keep up with the latest gadgets. Hacking technology for wireless appliances is actually a pretty inexpensive technology. It doesn’t require much of an investment for a savvy burglar.
This is how hacking works: as you push the button on the garage door opener, it sends a signal via unsecured wireless technology to your garage door opener. It takes mere seconds for a thief to capture that programmed signal.
Once they have that information, they can duplicate it at their leisure. A crook can watch your home, keeping track of your comings and goings, entering through the garage when you’re away.
Reprogramming the Remote Is Easy
Reprogramming a garage door opener is a simple task. Visit the manufacturer’s website to find instructions for your remote. You can also read our earlier blog post that takes you step-by-step through the process.
If your neighborhood is experiencing a crime wave, don’t wait. Reprogram before thieves have a chance to target you. Nothing is foolproof, but a new code can slow a thief.
Your garage door opener is part of your home security system and should always be treated as such. If you’re experiencing problems with your remote or door, please contact Ponderosa Garage Doors for help. We can reprogram the remote for you or suggest a garage door opener replacement that may increase security.