May 19, 2017 at 12:57 pm #57026
I wouldn’t have believed it except I have evidence of it. Two knuckleheads just walked up the driveway at 1:52 Tuesday (5/16) morning, commanded the door locks to open and rifled through my stuff. The photo is not the best but one of the perps is pretty easy to see. (1207 N 50th St.)
Watch out, out there!
OK, that’s frustrating, try this link: http://imgur.com/MTOf24jMay 19, 2017 at 1:09 pm #57027
Hi Jay, sorry your pic link isn’t working. I’ve never been able to upload a pic to Wallyhood successfully. Did they open your house locks, or car locks? And do you have a description if you can’t upload?
(try using imgur.com and that way you can at least create a direct link)May 19, 2017 at 6:28 pm #57031
Hi and thanks for tip for picture storage.
Yes, I’m talking about vehicle door locks. My wife’s car has been found open several times also. We are careful to not leave valuables and always lock the vehicles. Better surveillance will be coming and perhaps a good picture or video of the perps for the police too.
JayMay 19, 2017 at 11:19 pm #57033
Just did this to see if the img tag would work. You still need the storage hosting, though – no way around that, far as I know.
We’ve talked about this gimmick before here. There are a couple different strategies, but the way I remember it, usually they’re using your key, in your house, and people were trying to prevent that by isolating the key from electromagnetic effects. Faraday cage. Supposedly, the freezer cabinet of your refrigerator might work.May 20, 2017 at 3:57 pm #57035
Doh! A Subaru Forester. Well, we never leave anything in ours anyway and at least they’re not trashing the cars too. The best Faraday Cage in your house is your Microwave – built almost exclusively to shield you from microwave radiation.
If you forget though and hit “add 30 seconds” you will get some literal fireworks.May 20, 2017 at 4:43 pm #57037
Hi, actually, it’s a Toyota Tacoma. The microwave is great idea, thanks!May 21, 2017 at 1:42 pm #57042
Your microwave case blocks *microwave* radiation, yes – but I sure hope your key fob isn’t using those frequencies! (I’m sure it isn’t.) The screen on the front of your uWave, you may notice, does let light and other frequencies of EM thru just fine. I wouldn’t count on it blocking all RF.May 22, 2017 at 8:47 am #57043
Well, the faraday cage blocks a lot more frequencies than that but in this case I tested it. I have a phone app that basically uses the same method as the thieves to lock and unlock your car remotely (when no data plan is present) and it stopped working only when in GE’s finest. In fact I didn’t even have to close the microwave door, which faces north (car is south in this admittedly not scientifically rigorous test) and it blocked direct presses to. If I moved it slightly out of the door – it was unblocked. YMMV.
Also, wrapping your keys in aluminum foil seems to also work. And is less convoluted.May 23, 2017 at 10:03 am #57061
I’d say a repeatable demonstration is SCIENCE! 🙂 Cool, thanks for the info.
I’m surprised that your phone is capable of generating the frequencies involved; it’s not a general-purpose radio, after all. What app is this? (If you can say.)May 23, 2017 at 11:39 am #57062
Sorry, I should clarify – the phone app uses wifi to wifi (802.b or c) and/or Bluetooth and (which isn’t powerful enough to reach the car anyway) betwixt phone and car – and does not work in the microwave – the keys use (garage door opener type frequencies like, 3 or 400 mhz type) to open the car, and is totally blocked by the microwave. The app does not “activate” the keys, just broadcasts the lock/unlock signal. And if you pay for the service, it works via web.
This also makes me nervous for unrelated reasons which is that the car is always “listening” and that means battery drain. I’m sure it’s absolutely tiny but it feels like leaving the dome light on.May 23, 2017 at 12:38 pm #57064
My, always locked, car was getting rifled through every couple of months. I bought one of those faraday cages and so far, so good.
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