Beware the Key Copying App

Now, the phrase, “there’s an app for that” extends to making key copies. And unfortunately, this app can actually be pretty dangerous.

The app allows you to scan your key with a smart phone. You get a new key in the mail a few days later.

Nifty, right? Only you don’t actually have to prove the key belongs to you to get it. So anyone who can get their hands on your keys for even a few minutes can have a copy of their very own. The app can’t verify that the scanner of the key is the owner of the key and sends the key out to whatever address is entered into the system.

Let’s talk about how to protect yourself.

Control access to your keys.

Make sure you only give your keys to people you’d want to allow into your house. If you’ve ever left your keys with anyone else, even for a moment (most commonly with car mechanics or with valets) then call a locksmith for a full home rekey and be more vigilant in the future. If you have old fashioned car keys you might need an automotive rekey, too.

In the future, if you have to hand over your car key to someone then take it off the ring. Don’t hand that person the entire clump of keys–the one that contains your house key, your storage room key, your mail room key, your mother’s keys, and so forth. That mechanic doesn’t need any key other than the car key, so that’s the key you give them. Sure, it’s an inconvenience to take the key off the ring and put it back on, but having your belongings stolen is an even bigger inconvenience.

Consider upgrading your lock.

Certain high end keys won’t work with this app. You can consider getting one of those locks. You might even consider a keyless home entry system which allows you to enter a security code instead.

And while transponder keys definitely offer their share of problems they certainly won’t work with this app either. Consider upgrading to a car that uses them the next time you change vehicles.

Don’t use the app.

There are safer ways to make key copies. Can you imagine what will happen if a hacker manages to crack these apps? That hacker will have scanned key copies linked to physical addresses. Crooks will have a field day.

Remember, keys are safety and security devices. They should be treated as such, no matter how technology evolves.

If you live in Chicago or the surrounding areas and need a home rekey to stay safe, call us. We’re ready to help.