Is Your Garage Door Opener Vulnerable To A Hack?

Someone can hack your garage door in 10 seconds: Is that possible?

Lately, you can see a lot of articles and reports circulating on the web that mentions the fact that a garage door equipped with an electric door opener can be opened with a hack kid toy. That’s right! It’s important that you understand that this may happen to you as well. The motor in your garage door opener is provided with a receiving module for any waves transmitted by a remote transmitter. You press the button on your remote control, it sends a wave, and then, activates your opener.

Also, be aware that garage door openers fabricated by most manufacturers and manufactured before 1993 were equipped with a dip switch system (+, 0, – ) to program its issuer. Then, you opened the case of your transmitter and you moved the dip switch to code your opener.

How to protect yourself against that?

Try to locate the fabrication date on your garage door opener. This information can be found on the motor box, along with the model number and the device’s serial number. You can also look on your remote transmitter to see if the words SECURITY+ or Rolling Code can be found. If this is the case, know that your door opener has the built in rolling code technology. This means that after every single use of your garage door, the code on your transmitter changes. The technology has about 1 million possible code options.

LiftMasterTM and Chamberlain companies offer this rolling code system since 1993. In 1996, they started to offer the Security+ System, and since 2013, they offer the MyQ technology Security+2.0 which allows to open and close your garage door with your smartphone. It’s the most practical technology yet!

Other security measures to consider?

We invite you to read our article regarding the security of your garage door opener. Remember that most people use their garage door as their main entrance. If you are using an external keypad (4-digit access code), it’s important to keep the code a secret and to not share in with anyone you don’t know or trust. At best, change the code at least once a year, as you do for the password of your computer.


At any time, if you’re not sure about the fabrication year on your garage door opener or if you’re uncertain that you have the proper security system, contact a garage door specialist. He’ll guide you through the process and present you with the best options for your safety needs. This will give you peace of mind and you’ll never worry about having an intruder break into your home by hacking your garage in seconds.

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  • Laila Keirstead

    I didn’t know that people could hack your garage door. I would have to say that if you had to get something like this to hack a garage door, you are really wanting to get into a home. I just installed a remote opener this month that allows me to know when the garage is open through my phone. I can even close it and open it when I want. Every time it opens I get a notification telling me that it just opened.

  • Liverpool Garage Door Repair

    I second the app idea. So many people leave really valuable possessions in their garage. Golf clubs, tools, machinery. It also usually has a direct door into your property – so it is important that your garage door is as secure as can be. It always suprises me how many people have flimsy, unsecure garage doors. They don’t attach the same importance to their garage door as they do to other doors in the home. It’s madness. Always make sure that yyou have the best security systems that you can afford and if possible, get a good team of garage door specialists out to check it over for stability.

  • Marco Garcia

    Great read! I’ve talked about this subject with many people and most of them are not aware that it is very easy to get hacked if you still have one of the old garage door openers. Some of them still had openers that were very easy to hack so I advised them to upgrade to a new opener as soon as possible. We keep a lot of valuable items in our garages, not to mention that it also serves as an entrance to our homes so its very important to have a garage door opener that can’t be hacked.

  • Joe Ponds

    The Chamberlain PD220 garage takes care of the overall security. You will find that
    opening and closing the garage door is not tedious anymore, and this one
    works quite well with anything, and its automatic programming makes it
    easy for you to understand its functioning too –

    • GaragaDoors

      Thanks for your insights.

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  • ItsAllGood

    Experienced doors being hacked just this week…happening around the neighborhood

    • GaragaDoors

      Be safe… and stay alert!