Key Cloning Prevention

Key Cloning

Advanced OBD Port Protection

Portector® is an innovative hardware solution which integrates into the vehicle (Car , Van or Truck) without the need of cutting into the wiring.

It works by stopping the information travelling to the OBD port and thus prevents a thief from accessing it, effectively closing the port whilst Portector® is in armed mode.

Portector® provides the vehicle owner with authorisation as to whom gets access to the vehicles information with ‘OBD Port Authorisation Cards’.

These cards are required to temporarily switch off Portector® and allows full access to your vehicle. 

Without the high-tech methods, a key can be cloned by any locksmith with the presence of the actual (original) car key. Nowadays, key cloning is done through various methods to copy the data on a car key’s computer chip/transponder, enabling easy access and theft of the car.

Now, thieves do not need to steal car keys to be able to steal the actual car; this is known as keyless theft.

The data on car keys can be stolen through various ways, including:

  • Signal Jamming

    A device using the same radio frequency at remote key fobs is used to intercept or “jam” the signal that locks the car. When the lock button is pressed, the thief jams that signal; the car door remains unlocked (unknown to the owner) and ready for the thief to enter the vehicle.

  • Relay

    Wireless transmitters are held close to the vehicle to obtain its radio signal; this signal is then relayed to another device (held by an accomplice) which is close to the actual key fob. The key fob is fooled into “thinking” that it is close to the vehicle and triggering the unlock code for the car door – which can also be used to start the engine for keyless access vehicles.

  • Hacking

    Thieves can unlock a vehicle by gaining access to the same apps that enable car owners to unlock their car, using the same password.

  • Key Programming

    Hackers have come up with devices that can be used to boot up a car’s software, and then configure it to program a blank key fob. This can be used to unlock doors and start the engine on keyless vehicles.