Many users find IT security issues a nuisance as long as nothing happens, but others attach great importance to protecting their increasingly digital life as well as possible. A small group of Tesla owners have been campaigning for some time to ensure that access to their electric cars is better secured via website and app. CEO Elon Musk already promised this change in May 2019, this August he apologized for the delay, and now the time has come: The Tesla account can be set up in such a way that, in addition to e-mail and password, a second authentication is required becomes.
Tesla owners discover innovation
The change was not announced by Tesla, but discovered by the media and owners. In fact, it seems to have been implemented worldwide: The new option “Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)” was also available on Wednesday in the German Tesla account from teslamag.de and was set up. When logging in to the web or the app, additional authentication was then requested.
MFA processes are increasingly used for important online access, for example at banks. In most cases, the second factor is that an additional code must be generated on a permanently registered device and entered to log in.
At Tesla, such double protection is important because its electric cars can not only be preheated or cooled, but also opened and started using the associated app. Anyone who knew the owner’s email address and also found out the password could easily drive away with the Tesla. Such access data can be obtained with various tricks. They range from clever questioning to setting up WLAN networks with fake login pages on which users then innocently enter their data. With additional device authentication, however, this is no longer sufficient to hijack accounts.
MFA is still optional at Tesla
One of the Tesla owners who campaigned for MFA is @WillFealy from the UK. It took a lot of messages and e-mails as well as a meeting to bring about the change that has now taken place, he wrote with satisfaction on Twitter on Wednesday. According to him, several Teslas have already been stolen with the help of login data alone. That could be prevented from now on. However, less security-conscious owners would also have to activate the MFA process – it is still optional at Tesla.