Anyone who orders stuff from Amazon or other online sources knows that package theft is a big problem. Thieves all around the world walk up and steal packages off door steps all the time. If you don’t want to use that creepy system that lets drivers into your home to drop stuff off, check out BoxLock.
This is a fancy padlock that only opens for packages that are headed to your address. It works with a companion app, and supports bar codes from USPS, UPS, and FedEx delivery services. When the driver scans your package with the bar code reader on the bottom of the BoxLock it will pop open. The only trick is making sure that the local delivery driver is aware that you have the tech installed and how to use it.
The driver can then remove the lock off whatever secured container you are using and place the package inside and then lock it back up. The device works with any box that has a fixture for normal shank locks. It sells for $129.99 and is available via Amazon.
The KeyWe Smart Lock is one that actually lives up to the name! It offers a myriad of thoughtfully designed ways to secure and access your home or office.
It can automatically lock and unlock on a timer to ensure your premises are always secure. NFC tech means unlock or lock when you (and your identified smartphone or other devices) approach or depart. It can be unlocked using a secret passcode. Better yet, it can store up to 20 unique passcodes for different users so you know who is entering and when. A one-time passcode can be equipped remotely via your smartphone to let in couriers, dog walkers or other visitors. It’s even compatible with a guest key that works much like the card locks on hotel room doors. Of course, there’s also a traditional twist/key lock for those times when doing it manually makes the most sense.
While some worrywarts will be skeptical about any digital lock, they can rest assure their codes and connection are secure. It uses 128 bit AES encryption for the connection between the KeyWe App and door lock – that means that even the signals between the app and hardware are encrypted and are being constantly updated to ensure constant security. If there is any attempt to jailbreak or any rooting is detected, the app will block logins and delete all data.
Check out this fingerprint padlock. It was sent to lockpicking hobbyist LockPickingLawyer for review. It didn’t take him long to figure out that this lock can be disassembled by simply removing three Torx screws around the bezel. You don’t need a LockPickingLawyer to know that this isn’t going to keep anything secure.
So you can remove all of the screws, get the shackle opened, and then screw it back up and relock the lock without anyone knowing. This is truly an innovation in home security and an innovation for thieves. So LockPickingLawyer let the manufacturer know about this critical design flaw, they responded:
the lock is invincible to the people who do not have a screw driver.
Good point. It’s super hard for criminals to acquire Torx screwdrivers, especially after they passed those anti-screwdriver laws.
Here’s what you do as a criminal. You gift this lock to someone who is not very smart. Someone who won’t notice the screw on the lock. They use it and then you come over and steal a bunch of their things.
Seriously, this is the worst lock ever. Check out the screenshot of the conversation with the manufacturer, who is either clueless or just doesn’t care.
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For all of the terrible damage and dismemberment that robots will surely bring in the near future, they also have their uses. Imagine taking a robot with you on a heist and having it crack a combination safe for you. That robot could make you rich. Or land you in jail.
I’m sure that electrical engineer and founder of SparkfunNathan Seidle would never use his creation to steal, but he could if he wanted to. He recently sat down with Wired to explain how and why he built this custom robot that is able to crack a SentrySafe combination lock safe in just fifteen minutes.
Basically, when his wife gave him this already locked safe as a gift with no combination, he built this safecracking robot to get inside. Using a combination of known exploits, he was able whittle down the possibilities from a million to a much smaller subset of about 1,000 possible combinations. With that in mind, it was only a matter of time before the robot opened the door.
Even Thor’s hammer, the Mjolinr, is breakable, but the Ottolock isn’t! While most bike locks or travel locks are made from metal (making them somewhat reliable, but bulky), the Ottolock uses one of the most light yet powerful polymers known to man. Kevlar. The same material used in bulletproof vests, the Kevlar framework of the Ottolock allows it to be lightweight, but virtually indestructible. No amounts of strength can break apart the Ottolock and even cutting tools like shears, or padlock breaking equipment can cut through metal, but not the Ottolock. In fact, here, watch this video of a blowtorch try to melt the Ottolock and fail miserably!
The simple and immortal Ottolock comes in 3 outdoorsy colors, rolls up and fits in your pocket, and weighs under 115 grams. With the ability to lock anything from cycles, to doors, to even your travel gear, the Ottolock is a robber’s worst nightmare!