Number plate changes: Drivers at risk of data theft and burglary – how to avoid

Car theft: New technology 'makes it easier' says expert

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The new changes were introduced on Wednesday and have laid out new standards for number plates. The new plates, BS145e, will be replacing the current version still in circulation, the BS145d.

They are set to be made out of a sturdier, more resilient material.

The updated plates will be able to handle more damage, bending, abrasion, impact and thermal change.

One of the standout purposes of the plates is to have them show up more clearly on number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras.

Two tone number plates will not be allowed, instead only solid black digits will be allowed.

All plates will also have to show the suppliers business name and postcode in the bottom centre of the car registration plate.

With the incoming changes, cyber security experts CyberNews are warning car owners to erase their personal data from vehicles before selling.

By doing this, they could avoid becoming victims of crime.

Second-hand car sales have doubled in the UK over the past three months, as a result of new production struggles.

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Almost all car manufacturers have struggled with global chip shortages, as well as continuing restrictions, with the UK suffering from the effects of the ‘pingdemic’.

Mantas Sasnauskas, cyber security expert at CyberNews is warning drivers to protect themselves around this new threat.

He said: “Modern cars are essentially computers on wheels and store a whole host of personal data – from your home address to the addresses of your friends and family, and even a connection through to your smartphone.

“We’d never dream of selling a phone or laptop without wiping the data first, yet millions of us sell our cars without a second thought. 

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