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  • Haeze

    You can disable this feature in the Tesla. It is in the Settings screen, and it is a single toggle switch.

  • Gary Larson

    I just scanned this…. it appears somebody is trying to make a big deal about a software issue Tesla can fix, over the air, for free, anytime it wants to. Who edits this garbage?

    I’m not saying it’s not *true* I suppose… but how about you write a similar article about how millions of other cars are on the roads today that simply require a little mechanical know-how and a small hard object to break in and steal the car? “And you don’t even need to have access to a computer!”

    This article is ridiculous. Tesla haters all over the place.

  • melissa brittany

    It’s really astonishing how Tesla has been able to battle with the ongoing lawsuits and controversies. Despite engaged in so many controversies, it is again on the winning side.

  • Captain Obvious

    I’ll never buy any car that can’t have remote “features” deactivated at the hardware level. Period. This goes for Tesla, OnStar, etc.

  • Tesla

    This is true. Tesla Motors Inc. sells only the best and most safe cars on the road as said by Car and Driver Magazine and Consumer Reports Magazine.

  • Tesla

    They couldn’t without turning the car on. You are right. This is a rumour with no logic in its basis. Therefore, we conclude that by simply creating a longer password, such as as long as 8- 10 characters you could practically avoid or irradicate this vulnerability.

  • sandy222

    I think you got that wrong.

  • sandy222

    Complete BS.
    As others note below, you need the email address / user name and passwords are NOT restricted to 6 characters!

  • OmarSultan

    I often wonder if anyone reads the original research before writing a story. The analyst pointed out that the minimum password requirement was six characters and he would like to see stronger requirements for length and complexity. Like anything else in your life, if you want better security, choose a better (i.e. longer and more complex) password. If you pick “123456” as your password, you deserve what you get. BTW, in addition to the password, you also need a username. The title of this article could easy have been “Weak Passwords Highly Vulnerable to Hacking” but that probably would not get as many clicks.

  • Mike

    So this is good news because flaws and weaknesses are being identified and addressed, thus evolving and advancing Tesla’s security, which is what the researcher intended. That said, the Consumer Reports review put a huge target on Tesla and there’s no shortage of people who will hold them to this lofty standard (and who also get great pleasure in pointing out when Tesla fails to measure up.) These same criticisms regarding passwords also apply to website accounts (facebook, banking, etc.), email accounts, and mobile apps, yet people still intelligently weigh their risks versus their benefits.

  • Haeze

    It’s been a while since I installed the Tesla app on my phone, but I seem to recall I also had to “pair” it to the car (Accept the phone as a valid device) on the screen inside the car. Did I remember that wrong ? If so, how would a hacker somehow hack your MyTesla account, attempt to pair, then somehow accept the pairing on the interior screen of the car ?

  • britboyj27

    Someone with the resources to hack a car likely isn’t interested in the contents inside it. I’d be far more worried about someone smashing the window in. At least they can’t start it this way, which IS possible with OnStar – Social engineering is super powerful.

  • Hugo

    this is just not true, my MyTesla account has a 25 char password (upper/lowercase, numbers and special chars, random by Lastpass) good luck hacking that one. This is not a Tesla vulnerability, it is a user issue, if a Tesla owner makes his password 123456 then it should be seen as similar to leaving your keys on a public bench in a park and walking away. No security can eliminate the user, Tesla could force a 10 char password and people would still set it to something dumb or write it down on a paper attached to their phone or something.
    Also you need to know the email address the owner used to sign up.

  • Plazman

    I don’t remember being limited to a 6 char password when I signed up, and I certainly don’t have a 6 char password now.

  • CGriffin

    Um, yeah… Anybody heard of OnStar? They can remotely unlock your vehicle too! Anyway, Tesla is already aware of the problem and I’m sure they’re working on an “over-the-air” software fix that will be pushed out to all Model S’ very soon. No big deal.

  • https://plus.google.com/u/0/101041881026971694523/posts DAVID HORVATH

    Gas stations = Block Buster Video
    Its over.
    Go Tesla.

  • CriticalThinker

    Another bit of paid disinformation from lazy Detroit car makers who are desperate to discredit Tesla before Americans en mass go electric.

  • Frederic Lambert

    I’ll worry about some bum busting one of my window to get into a car he can’t drive before I worry about a hacker unlocking my doors and actually getting out of his mother’s basement to stole my change.

  • Larene Depopiet

    Of course, something that was never done by remote systems like OnStar and others, right?
    This means that we all need to sell all our TSLA stock right away, right?
    How many more click-bait, FUD, and content-free articles do you have?

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