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A Hacked Child’s Toy Can Open Any Garage Door In Less Than 10 Seconds

When you think of “hacking” you most often associate it with computers, bank information, and other online accounts, but it’s not just these that can be hacked. What if we told you that a child’s toy can be programmed to open your garage door? Well, it’s true! A popular security researcher, Samy Kamkar, demonstrates how he can hack most garage doors using nothing more than a modified electronic toy. The product is the IM-me, which was marketed by Mattel to replicate texting on a single-use device for young girls, but is now discontinued.

Fixed Code Systems Vs. Rolling Code Systems

It’s important to note this hack doesn’t work against every garage door opener—only ones that respond to “fixed code” transmitters. The fixed code garage door system use 8-12 bit codes—that’s 4,096 possibilities. In modern technology security terms, that’s an insignificant level of security.

More secure “rolling code” systems feature advanced technology that prevents hacking of the radio signal that opens your door by selecting a new code from billions of combinations every time you open your door.

If you value not only what’s in your garage, but the safety and security of your home and family, then you’d better make sure your garage door opener uses a secure system. To ensure your garage door opener is secure, upgrade to a system that uses rolling codes, hopping codes, Security+ or Intellicode. Each time the remote is activated it automatically changes access codes, which prevents illegal entry from any type of access code signal duplication device like Kamkar’s. Current products from garage door manufacturers’ Overhead Door®, LiftMaster and Genie offer up to date security. Contact your local Garage Door Repair company to find out more about these products.

Do You Have A Vulnerable Garage Door System?

In this video, Kamkar explains how to determine if you have vulnerable garage door system.

Whether it is a garage door on your home or business property, when something breaks, you need to have it repaired by a professional. If you try to fix the issue yourself without the right knowledge and expertise, there is a good chance that you could cause more damage than good. Worst yet, you could become injured due to safety hazards that are often associated with fixing garage doors. Let’s take a close look at a few garage repair problems that should always be fixed by a professional.

Panel Replacementgarage door repairs

When you need one or more panels replaced on your garage door, it’s important to realize that this is more than a cosmetic issue. Not only do you need to have the issue resolved by a professional because of safety hazards, but this person can also determine for you why the panel(s) became damaged.

Spring Replacement

If one or more of the springs on your garage door breaks, your garage door will not functional correctly. Without proper training and the right type of equipment, replacing a spring can be very dangerous. The only safe way to replace a spring is by having a professional do it.

Roller Replacement

It’s very easy for the rollers on your garage door to become bent or broken. Over time these rollers may become an issue and need to be replaced. Once again, without the assistance of a professional, you will risk getting hurt if try to repair or replace the rollers yourself.

Broken Cables

The cables on your garage door must stay in tip-top shape for it to function properly. These cables are under a lot of tension and can be very dangerous to fix. It takes much expertise to repair the cables and should be left to a garage door repair specialist.

Bent Track

The garage door has to go up and down by rolling on tracks. When these tracks become bent or broken, your garage door won’t move as it should. To make sure this type of problem is fixed both properly and in a safe manner, you will need to call a professional.

A garage door is heavy, sturdy and reliable most of the time, however, even a door that weighs a couple hundred pounds is sometimes no match against the great force of Mother Nature.

Heavy rains in the spring, snow and hail in the winter, beating sunshine in the summer and strong winds in the fall – garage doors are taking a weather beating all year round. Fortunately, the professionals at Garage Door Repair LLC offer preventive maintenance checks that help garage doors withstand even the worst climate conditions.

Old Garage Door

Sun damage can drastically fade the color of garage doors and hurt the home’s curb appeal. In some cases, a paint job may suffice as a solution but the process can be tedious and sometimes pricey. Homeowners who attempt to paint their garage doors themselves run the risk of picking the wrong shade or even worse – spilling the paint and staining the driveway. Another option would be to hire a professional painter but that can get expensive. At Garage Door Repair LLC, we highly recommend calling our team to discuss panel replacement options.

The sun can cause more damage than just fading the color of the paint. It can also cause garage door system’s lubricants to dry out. In addition, excessive humidity can also lead to a build-up of moisture in wood doors, which actually causes the doors to swell.

Panel replacement is a great way to correct the damage caused by the sun. Garage Door Repair LLC can refresh the appearance and functionality of the garage door systems in no time at all.

In areas that experience drastic changes in the weather – for instance where days are humid but temperatures drop severely at night – homeowners and business owners need to pay close attention to their garage door systems. Volatile climates can rapidly increase the deterioration of springs and other garage door parts.

At Garage Door Repair LLC we have witnessed much higher volumes of customer calls for spring replacements after fickle weather years. Damaged springs can ruin an entire garage door system, as they are responsible for lifting and balancing the heavy garage door weight. Attempting to replace them without an experienced professional can be extremely unsafe so it is always best to call a company like ours and schedule a time for one of our techs to stop by and replace the weather-damaged parts.

Freezing temperatures can also lead to garage door damage. It is not entirely uncommon for cables and springs to freeze or for melted snow to freeze around the system’s hinges and joints. When this happens, it is always best to call the professionals. The remedy may not be as easy as waiting for the system to thaw out, a part may have snapped, causing permanent damage.

Weather stripping is another important piece to your garage door that protects from the weather. Not only do the vinyl rubber seals keep outside elements from seeping inside, it also prevents bugs and smaller rodents from inviting themselves in and making the garage their new home. Weather Replacement Seals, as tough as they are, are also exposed to the weather throughout the year, so they too need to be inspected and replaced every so often to ensure they are working properly.

Mother Nature can be a beast when it comes to keeping garage door systems operating smoothly. Even the strongest systems can eventually succumb to volatile weather conditions. By maintaining a relationship with your local experts, you can rest assured that an experienced and trustworthy technician can easily repair any type of weather damage.

Garage Door RepairsWhen it comes to garage door systems, people can easily make mistakes. While most garage door damages are caused by natural occurrences like harsh weather and gradual wear and tear, door damage can sometimes have a human culprit.

The mistake that comes to most peoples minds is, of course, the instance when the driver collides the car into the door. Fortunately, this mistake does not often result in injury as the car is generally moving slowly. However, even the lightest impact can cause significant damage to the garage door system.

A collision can obviously cause dents in the garage door. These can be fixed by a professional panel replacement service. The damage may extend beyond a cosmetic touch-up if the impact was strong enough to bend, crack or knock the track out of alignment.

A damaged track system will prevent the garage door system from opening and closing smoothly. Ignoring the problem almost always leads to further damage. If your garage doors recently fell victim to a runaway car, call your local expert to come and inspect the damage.

Human error is also a reason behind many remote garage door opener mistakes. The portable device work wonderswhen the owner knows where it is. The small size makes it easy for people to accidentally stick them in their bags or leave in strange places. At Garage Door Repair LLC, we can quickly replace the lost items. In addition, we offer a variety of unique remote opener styles. Some people have better track records of not losing the devices if they are attached to their key chains, other people have more luck with larger remotes. We carry several door opener brands, including Overhead Door, Genie, Wayne Dalton, Lift Master and Chamberlain. With this large selection, together, we can help prevent a misplaced device.

Home Garage DoorOne of the most dangerous mistakes to make with a garage door system is attempting to repair parts like springs or cables without professional experience. This almost always results in further damage and in worse case scenarios, injury. It is important to remember that garage door systems function under incredibly high tension. If the tension is broken, the springs and other parts may come loose and that force is strong enough to cause serious injury. The motors, tracks, springs, cables and panels are all part of a complex system that only operates safely if everything is in the right place. An untrained individual who is unsure of what part go where should never attempt to fix the system on his or her own. That is what the professionals at Garage Door Repair LLC are for.

Procrastination can be another costly mistake when it comes to garage door service. A garage door system that was once quiet while it operated yet has developed strange sounds over time is something that should be addressed in a timely manner. All too often, people put calling a repair service off, thinking the sound will eventually go away. A noisy garage door can mean the system has lost its lubrication. The tracks and moving parts do not re-lubricate themselves so procrastinating will only make it worse. Loose bolts can be another reason for the loud noise. The bolts need to be tightened otherwise the system is facing inevitable serious and expensive repairs in the future.

Garage Door Repair LLC has a 24-hour repair service. Our trained technicians can be there at anytime of the day or night to address any concerns. It may seem like an inconvenience at first, but trust us, a quick maintenance check from one of our team members will be much more affordable and less time consuming than a major repair later down the line.

Mistakes happen everyday. The good thing is, with Garage Door Repair LLC in your area, these errors can be easily fixed!

Garage DoorsNowadays, it is hard to shop for any product without having a variety of styles to choose from. Browsing a car dealership can overwhelm you with options like speed capability, 4-wheel drive, color, make, model, etc. Bath towel shopping has you pondering between cotton and linen. Even purchasing jeans can be a monotonous decision – do you want dark or light, bootleg or skinny?

That being said, homeowners should not be surprised that garage door shopping also requires an extensive decision-making process. (more…)

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