Like everything else, duplicating keys—also known as key cloning—is going wireless, resulting in a potential compromise to the traditional system put in place.
The term coined for this new method is cyber locksmithing and it’s becoming a popular alternative to working with traditional locksmiths that tend to be more expensive.
What Does a Cyber Locksmith Do?
Hosted entirely online, cyber locksmithing is quick and easy. Snap a photo on your phone of both sides of the key, upload the photo, and within days and for a low price, the new key is delivered to your home.
Or, to the criminal’s home who took a photo of your key while you were away.
The Danger of Cyber Locksmithing
The ease and effectiveness of cyber locksmithing is a wonderful triumph for technology, and even for those looking to find a cheap and convenient alternative to duplicating their keys, but in the hands of the wrong person cyber locksmithing endangers the security of your home, car, safe—anything you prefer to keep locked and secure.
For optimal protection keep your keys in sight. Be careful when you hand them over at locations like a car wash or valet, and always keep them in your pocket or purse as opposed to placing them on a desk or counter.
How Concerned Should You Be?
Many cyber locksmiths claim they have protocols in place to prevent criminal activity. Terms and conditions are posted online that require confirmation and agreement of key ownership.
Many sites also don’t accept photos that appear blurry or taken from a distance. As a result, someone would need ample time to clearly take two up-close photos of the key.
But in the end, it’s better to be safe than sorry. These protocols can be bypassed.