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Locksmith Service Cyber Apps: More Dangerous than Helpful?

Locksmith Service Cyber Apps: More Dangerous Than Helpful?

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Technology has reached an amazing level. There are phone applications such as Key Me are capable of making a functioning key from front-and-back images. The user pays for the key to be sent using a credit card, debit card, or any card which can be used online. The key is then sent via standard mail systems to the user. There are also kiosks (NY only at this point) at which users can print copies of their keys.

Locksmith Service - Locksmith Service Cyber Apps: More Dangerous Than Helpful?The website for the application/kiosks boasts that it can prevent paying $200 or more for a lockout and you basically can have a “digital key-chain,” to prevent having to deal with costly locksmith visits or bothering family who has your spare. Users can also choose from various key sizes, styles, colors, and more. It seems as if the focus is on house keys, not car keys. This may be because most car keys need the computer chips in them, or they lack the technology or desire to make keys that will just open the doors (since the chips are required to start the car). As amazing as this sounds, it should not be a threat to traditional locksmiths for several reasons, including:

  • If you don’t have the app or do not have photos of your keys on your phone and no way to receive an image of the needed keys, the application is useless.
  • Car lockouts and re-key services cannot be performed through these applications.
  • Many services offer 24/7 service and can be there in 1/10 the time it will take to receive a key.

There are many problems seem with these applications. Most of them referring to the level of security. The problems are not related to saving the jobs but keeping the users safe.

  • Any user can take an image of any house key and get a copy. The companies claim to have high levels of security, but admit that they do not store information connecting the key and location, nor do they wish to know this information. This means anyone can request a key for nearly any lock, as long as they have the appropriate images. Fake email addresses and per-paid cards can give a person their new keys.
  • Someone who leaves their keys unattended around a potential thief using this app is at risk. It just takes a few seconds to snag someone’s keys, take the images, and return them. They may not even need to grab they keys if their camera is good enough and they are quick. It may take a couple of tries, but they will get those images. Then, in a few days they can have a key to break-and-enter without the breaking part. This may lead to some legal issues in the future.
  • Even with the five kiosk locations in various areas of New York, it seems impractical to travel from city to city to receive a key. Granted, many people in NY use the subway systems anyway, but in other cities it would be easier to get a hold of a friend with a spare than get a ride to a kiosk (or, heaven forbid, wait for a key in the mail).
  • The system uses the Cloud and claims the images and information (for your “digital key-chain”) are secure, but recent events lead many to disbelieve the security of the Cloud.

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Locksmith Service Cyber Apps: More Dangerous Than Helpful?
Locksmith Service Cyber Apps: More Dangerous Than Helpful?

Locksmith Service Cyber Apps: More Dangerous Than Helpful?

 
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