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    Question OnStar

    Is anyone familiar with the OnStar service? I am thinking of purchasing a GM vehicle with OnStar but I am not sure how secure the service is.

    Is there a way or have there been any incidents where someone tapped into the system? I know the OnStar service provides remote door unlock via a signal. Can that signal be intercepted? I know that most computer-based systems are not totally secure but am just wondering how secure they are. I don't want to have this service if it's going to be an easy way for someone to break and enter. I know it would be less attractive to steal a car with the OnStar service since it is tracked but what about if you have useful stuff in there?

    Shoot your ideas my way, the more the better. Thanks
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    As far as the stuff I have read, it is pretty secure. I do know that there is always someone that can get into just about any system. But as far a car security I can pop someones locks in about 10 sec with a coat hanger so I wouldn't worry about people breaking in via Onstar plus Onstar would be all over the thief and who knows it may change a boring saturday afternoon into an adventurous one!


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    As far as someone hacking into OnStar, haven't heard much along those lines. The main concern is about privacy and whether law enforment can effectively track your every move/call/etc. using OnStar.

    In any case, enjoy your new ride, whatever you decide to purchase!

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    Might want to take a look at this thread where the privacy issue was discussed.
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    Thanks MsMittens. I did a search but didn't stumble upon this thread.

    Thanks guys for all the feedback. I think am going to stay away from OnStar for now. The big picture is a little scarier than I thought.

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