Google Assistant now controls your Nest x Yale smart lock

You'd think the Nest x Yale Lock would support Google Assistant from the outset given its pedigree, but not so -- you've had to use the app. It's finally here, though. As of August 29th, you can use Google Assistant to control the Nest x Yale Lock...

BoxLock Protects your Packages from Sticky Fingers

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.

A Truly Intelligent Lock

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.

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Imagine – as you approach your front door, it unlocks automatically and after you enter, it will lock itself. KeyWe can do this for you.

Sounds too easy? Feeling unsure about the Smart Open?

The KeyWe has been tested in high rise buildings with many Bluetooth connections around and we are confident it is still fully functional in under these conditions.

The amazing part is that this is just one of many options of the KeyWe, you can try the Magic Touch – one which you can activate the touchpad with your smartphone and the door will open.

The KeyWe has the ability to store up to 20 passcodes per door lock, enabling each user to have their own unique code.

Expecting deliveries?

Why not try the One-Time Passcode (OTP) options for the courier? It’s only valid for 2 minutes and can’t be reused.

However, some people prefer the traditional way and some prefer high tech but some of us are on the fence.

This is why the KeyWe offers functionality through your smartphone’s NFC function, a physical key and even a key card (it’s included – we’ve got you sorted).

If you’re an Airbnb host or have guests staying – there’s also the Guest Key function which works just like a hotel key! (They don’t even need to register to KeyWe!)

There won’t be any confusion as the KeyWe will send you real time push notifications and will save records for up to two months.

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This “Smart” Fingerprint Padlock Is Easily Defeated with a Screwdriver

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.

[via Boing Boing via Geekologie]

Alexa can unlock Yale’s smart deadbolt locks

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Google Assistant will unlock Schlage Sense deadbolts

Schlage's Sense smart deadbolt now works with (almost) any virtual assistant under the Sun. The lock maker has revealed that Sense will support Google Assistant early in the first quarter, letting you check on your door (and, of course, lock it) from...

August’s latest smart locks warn if you left the door open

If you've lived on this planet long enough, you've probably had that moment where you thought you'd closed the door on your way out, only to find out that it didn't quite shut. But how are you supposed to know if no one's at home to tell you, and eve...

This Robot Can Crack a Combination Lock Safe in Fifteen Minutes

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 Sparkfun Nathan 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.

[via The Awesomer]