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Old 12-03-2019, 11:24 AM   #1 (permalink)
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https://www.msn.com/en-ca/autos/news...ocid=chromentp

i honestly thought i would be reading this about ford before toyota because of their phone app. i've already heard about it with mercedes and beamers, occasionally.
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Old 12-03-2019, 08:11 PM   #2 (permalink)
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No danger of anyone steeling my junk .
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Old 12-03-2019, 09:10 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Haven't had any issues with the prius and don't think anyone would want my dam near 20 year old tundra...it doesn't even have any sort of theft system.
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too bad with all this new convenient technology - and the manufacturers relying mostly on "security by obscurity" instead of doing a proper job.

And the same with all those nice internet-enabled gadgets. "Smart cars" and "smart homes". Security is an afterthought. That's if its thought about at all

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/...n-your-family/

And latest : homeowners with wifi connected heaters waking up to cold houses due to a server error :o
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ORIGINAL POST: We are currently experiencing problems with our servers, and we are working on fixing it. The heaters will still follow the week programs, it is the display of the heaters/house in the app that is affected. The House will re-appear automatically once the problem has been solved, so there is no need to do anything. We are sorry for the inconvenience this may cause

Some users report the heaters does not follow the week program. If this is the case you can manually adjust the temperature if needed. Press the wifi-button once for manual control and then set your desired temperature. When the the problems are solved you can push the wifi-button once again to get it back online (when the problem is solved). If you have a WiFi Socket, then you will need to directly plug your heater to the wall socket (and not the WiFi Socket)
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The joke is on the buyers of stolen Lexuses and Toyotas; imagine their surprise when the 3 year old vehicle explodes into rust after being exposed to a single winter's worth of Canadian road salt brine.
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The joke is on the buyers of stolen Lexuses and Toyotas; imagine their surprise when the 3 year old vehicle explodes into rust after being exposed to a single winter's worth of Canadian road salt brine.
We had smaller taco's that took sleds to quebec for years without a opec of rust on them....only issue were some later ones that missed some rust treatment at the factory on their frames. I hauled my 06 tundra for a season up there, never any rust issues, and as far as i know my old company is still using it as i'm still running their old 01 tundra...that has 0 rust on the body. Frame was never replaced either.
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I'm a little surprised that anyone is surprised.
A lot of the tech we see now has such low security level access. I get that part because high security often associates with not being very user friendly.


As a side note to the thermostat issue Ivar mentioned, I helped the neighbors last week. They called late at night and said their heating wasn't working. I did the friendly neighbor thing and helped. It was pretty simple to verify that everything was working except the stat. Their fancy stat indicated cooling. I flipped it to manual and adjusted the heating temp up to start it running. Happy campers in a short time.

Just as I was leaving, she went over to adjust the temp. It went right back to cooling and didn't call for heat. I looked at what she had done. The stat was in wifi connected program mode. She said it was the only way she knew how to run the system. She didn't want the house to get too hot.

Geeze, I sure hope we don't become that dumbed down by tech. Turning a thermostat up and down is pretty simple stuff.
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i have a friend that likes tech and to geek out over shit, i've had to haul him back to reality a few times. explaining how yes, being able to start and do a whole bunch of stuff on your phone with your car is great! until someone hacks/steals your phone, or lose it and your car. had to explain proximity keys, which thankfully he understood real quick. a few months later he yelled at his hubby for storing the spare key to his car, in his hubby's glove box(they park side by side and my buddy's car was on the right of the truck), he ended up showing his hubby his always unlocked car.

there's no need to be completely paranoid, but common sense really isn't all that common as we all know.
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Well, looks like I got nothing to worry about.


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Turning a thermostat up and down is pretty simple stuff.
it should be, but I'm puzzled by how many who treats the thermostat as an on/off switch - if its cold, turn it to max, if its cold, turn it all the way down
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