|A new threat emerges - the Cyber Locksmith. Don't photograph yourself holding metal keys and post to Facebook.|
But with the metal key state of change, the discomfort is more like having a smelly portable toilet in the backyard (for the bathroom renovation underway), only to realize its blocked, forcing you to poo in your front yard. And if that isn't bad enough, all your neighbours are out the front watching you poo too! That is with metal keys, the discomfort is continually getting greater.
We’ve now gone from Police warning us of thieves being able to watch a two minute video to learn how to easily snap or bump a metal key lock to break into your home, to a new threat of ‘Cyber Locksmiths’.
Online companies, such as keysduplicated.com and key.me and dozens of others like them, for less than $10, will make a copy of a house or apartment key from a smartphone photograph and deliver it to anyone's doorstep.
So now you cannot leave your metal keys lying by themselves for longer for a few seconds; or give your metal keys to your valet or mechanic; or take photographs of yourself holding metal keys after you buy a new house and post it to social media, as a thief could easily use your photograph and the Cyber Locksmith app, to get a copy of your metal key to let themselves into your house.
Last week ABC 6/FOX 28 meteorologist Andrew Michael May from Columbus Ohio got caught with his pants down (see article here). You see Andrew and his wife had had recently posted a photo on his Facebook page showing off their key to their new home they just purchased.
Andrew Michael May said in the article, "it kind of caught me off guard". Andrew's colleagues at ABC 6/FOX 28 took Andrew's new house key snapshot and emailed it to keysduplicated.com. Then a few days later, the ABC/FOX folk got a copy of Andrew’s key sent to them in the mail, no questions asked. Then they sent a camera crew out to Andrew’s house and gave him a copy of the duplicate key and watched him open his front door with it.
The best advice ABC/FOX gave to avoid the new threat of the ‘house thief and his new cyber locksmith’ is to invest in locks where it is difficult to duplicate a key. Yes ABC/FOX those locks are called smartlocks with digital keys.