Is your car infotainment system vulnerable to hackers?

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Car infotainment systems are almost standard in newer cars.

They link to your phone and help with directions, hands free calling and much more.

Unlike advanced security measures on your phone, these systems can be vulnerable to hackers, potentially exposing your contacts, even your home address.

The morning routine, never really gets easier.

That's especially true when, like Paul Sowada, your precious cargo includes an 8-month-old and 3-year-old.

Paul's hour and half commute includes a drop-off at grandmas and day care before the 30-minute drive to work.

Technology helps a little.

Paul has an infotainment system that allows him to listen to music, use GPS and of course.

"I take calls from the road, all the time."

All hands free.

"The connection is always saved so the default feature would be whenever I get in the car and my phones in the car it will automatically sync."

But that convenience can come at a cost.

"You've gotta understand the risk associated with that," said cyber security expert, Chris Humphries.

Humphries says the minute you connect your phone to your car...

"Most of the time, immediately it's your contacts, phone numbers, and if you use apps when you're plugged into the system, that data stays behind."

That left behind data can be in the hands of experienced hackers in seconds.

"If someone wanted to stand up on the parking garage and hack into each one of the cars on this street, could they come up with some data? Absolutely!"

Humphries says car infotainment systems are generally less secure than your cell phone, which likely takes a pin or fingerprint to open.

Car companies are generally more reactive when it comes to security.

"Bluetooth is a great piece of technology, but it has some very very dangerous capabilities if used nefariously."

"It is a little shocking that I have so much," said Paul. "All of my contacts, my phone, my home saved into the infotainment system so it certainly does give pause when you think about connecting a device."

So what can you do?

Well, the only completely fool proof method is to not pair your phone at all.

But our expert says that's not really necessary and the risks are generally low if you take proper precautions.

Never click on a pop up alert or ad if it looks unfamiliar and always unpair your phone and turn off your Bluetooth when you leave your car.

Especially if your driving someones else's vehicle or a rental.

Paul says he'll likely take that advice from now on.

So that way, his personal info is secure, alongside his kiddos.

Most car manufacturers haven't done much to protect your data.

But last year, Tesla, Fiat, Chrysler and GM established 'Bug Bounty' programs to reward people who find an report security flaws in their cars' software.

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