Keep hack­ers off of your wheels

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Don’t let ne­far­i­ous coders take you for a ride. Late-model cars are ba­si­cally just en­gines wrapped in com­put­ers. Those com­put­ers need up­dates, but ma­li­cious code hid­den in soft­ware can leave you driv­ing a cou­ple tons of com­pro­mised steel. Hack­ers could track you, or even steer you off the road. Up­tane—an open-source soft­ware pro­to­col— checks in­com­ing in­struc­tions for cor­rect cryp­to­graphic sig­na­tures be­fore ac­cept­ing any down­loads.

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