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Many Kwikset Smartkey Locks Possibly Vulnerable to Hacking




The mechanisms behind many Kwikset Smartkey Locks are not entirely perfect since while they can’t be bumped, they can easily be cracked in many other ways. The fact that they are clever considering a user can easily reprogram the key does in no way guarantee that they are not insecure. Even in the aspects that they incorporate smart technology, the locks are circumventable as will be demonstrated below. The following information is provided by our friends at LosAngelesLocksmithPros.com.

To start with, any burglar who is sufficiently committed to gain access to your house can break your window or use a crowbar break the Kwikset Smartkey Locks at the door and get in. The fact that you have a smart lock will not matter to them. To them, hacking their way through the 128-bit, or so, AES encryption in addition to whatever else you have added is a waste of time. Note also that a Halligan that is used by firefighters to legally break down doors costs a mere 250 dollars on Amazon. With Halligan, even a sliding door can easily be pop out. There is also the option of someone simply snatching your actual key and getting in that way.

marc weber tobiasEven when the above methods are not probable, the Locks can be opened in a matter of seconds with the use of a paper clip and a screwdriver. Two notable lock hackers called Toby Bluzmanis and Marc Weber Tobias demonstrated that these locks are not pin-tumbler lock and hence do not have the physical to stop the plug from turning when they are manipulated. They were able to compromise the locks by thwarting one such lock with a 4 inch screwdriver and a torque wrench.

According to the Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association (BHMA), the trade association for manufacturers of commercial builders’ hardware, a lock of such quality must be able to withstand three hundred pounds inches of torque, yet these hackers used less to open Kwikset Smartkey Locks. Toby and Marc demonstrated to WIRED, an organization that focuses on the reliability of current and future technology trends that the performance of Kwikset Locks BHMA’s standards. WIRED’s requests for comments on the same from Kwikset have so far been futile.

One smart way of defeating the locks involves inserting a piece of blank into the keyway of the lock and punching out the cap using a hammer on the back of the plug, a small piece of metal. The hackers inserted a wire that has a looped end right into the keyway and turned the tailpiece. The tail piece rotates autonomously with respect to the plug, essentially making a key immaterial. The procedure works in less than one minute leaving no damage and/or trace whatsoever because the original key will still open the locks.

Alternatively, the lock can be compromised by simply inserting a 4-inch screwdriver to the keyway, grasping it with a wrench before turning it to open the Kwikset Smartkey Lock in just fifteen seconds! Ideally, the lock should withstand a torque of 300 pounds-force-inch, yet this method requires slightly a torque slightly higher than 100 pounds-force-inch to overcome the locking mechanism of the Locks. The next method involves taking advantage of the loopholes in the locks’ reprogramming feature.

Kwikset Smartkey reprogrammable structure

smart keySmartkey is essentially a 5-pin lock and hence has six depth increments that correspond to the depth and heights of the valleys and mountains on a key. To reprogram it, the original key is placed in the lock and a tool is inserted into a slot in the face of the lock. The tool shifts the assembly back for approximately an eighth of an inch thereby separating the pins and slider and holding them apart while another new key is being inserted. The lock records the impressions on the key and rearranges the relationship between the sider and pins to match the new key.

To decode the lock using the above feature, a series of keys which are a single depth are inserted into the lock to establish the depth of each and every pin inside the lock. After a pattern that corresponds to the shape of the actual key is obtained, the entire key is designed. Such a key will effortlessly open the lock leaving no sign that the lock has been interfered with.

Conclusion

Practically, many Kwikset Smartkey Locks do not offer a security level higher or lower than any basic deadbolt. They are only safer in some situations, and possibly convenient in others, but no one should think of them as completely fault-proof. They are, essentially, yet another security parlor trick susceptible to hacking just like any other technology-based invention.


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TYPES OF KWIKSET LOCKS




kwikset logoKwikset is a manufacturer of all types of lock and hardware products. It is headquartered in Lake Forest, California, United Sates of America with branches in Victoria, Australia and Auckland, New Zealand respectively. It is a brand leader in the manufacture of locks. Re-keying their locks is also a breeze due to the great product.

We had some help getting all this data from the professionals over at Columbus Locksmith Pros in Columbus Ohio.  These guys really know their stuff.

The following are the Types of Kwikset Locks: Light Commercial, Electronic, Door Knobs, Door Levers, Dead bolts and Handle-sets respectively.

commercial door lock kwiksetLight Commercial door locks are those that are designed for use both in heavy duty residential buildings as well as for light commercial applications such stores, warehouses, pantries and cargo terminals. They come in various finishes such as Life-time Polished Brass, Antique Brass, Satin Nickel, Antique Nickel,Polished Brass,Polished Chrome, Satin Chrome and Venetian Bronze. They are certified by the American National Standards Institute and the Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association besides satisfying UL’s fire- rating standards and ADA safety standards. They are sold under three brand names, i.e. Carson, Kingston and Metal Interconnect respectively.

Electronic locks kwiksetElectronic locks are those operated by touch screens or electronic keypads and also have a back-up key ways. They are activated and opened by entering personalized access codes and are locked by the touch of a button. They are available in five finishes, i.e. Lifetime Polished Brass, Satin Nickel, Fob,Satin-Chrome, Venetian-Bronze and Polished Chrome. They are sold under eleven brand names namely: Powerbolt; 909 SmartCode Deadbolt; 910 Contemporary SmartCode Deadbolt with Home Connect; 910 SmartCode Deadbolt with Home Connect; 911 SmartCode Lever; 912 SmartCode Lever with Home Connect; 913 SmartCode Deadbolt; 914 SmartCode Deadbolt with Home Connect; SmartCode 916 Touch screen Electronic Deadbolt; 909 Contemporary SmartCode Deadbolt and Kevo Bluetooth Electronic Lock.

door knob kwiksetDoor Knobs are specifically designed for use in ordinary private residential houses with specific designs aimed at enhancing the home’s interior decors. They are available in eleven finishes namely: Life-time Polished Brass, Antique-Brass, Polished Brass, Antique Nickel, Satin Nickel, Satin Chrome, Polished Chrome, Rustic Bronze, Venetian Bronze, Rustic Pewter and Iron Black. They are sold under nineteen brand names namely: Combo Pack; Tylo-Combo Pack; Tylo; Tylo Knobs; Polo Combo Pack; Polo; Mobile Home Knob; Cove Combo Pack; Cove; Phoenix; Laurel; Juno Combo Pack; Juno; Hancock; Copa Combo Pack; Copa; Circa; Cameron Combo Pack; Cameron and Abbey.

door lever kwiksetDoor Levers are shaped in the form of levers and just like the Door Knobs, are suited for private residential homes and are specifically designed to complement and enhance the interior decor of a home. They are also available in eleven finishes namely: Life-time Polished-Brass, Antique-Brass, Polished Brass, Antique Nickel, Satin Nickel, Satin Chrome, Polished Chrome, Rustic Bronze, Venetian Bronze, Rustic Pewter and Iron Black. They are available for sale under twenty-one brand names namely: Dorian Combo Pack; Doran; Delta Combo Pack; Delta; Balboa; Milan; Halifax; Vedani; Tustin Combo Pack; Tustin; 911 SmartCode Lever; Pembroke; Lido Combo Pack; 912 SmartCode Lever with Home Connect; Lido; Katara; Avalon; Commonwealth; Austin; Ashfield and Brooklane.

kwikset deadbolt lockDead Bolts are designed to protect homes from break-ins, thefts, burglary, arbitrary trespasses and unauthorized entries. They come in a plethora of styles and security grades. They are available in twelve finishes namely: Life-time Polished-Brass, Antique-Brass, Polished Brass, Antique Nickel, Satin Nickel, Satin Chrome, Polished Chrome, Rustic Bronze, Venetian-Bronze, Rustic-Pewter; Iron Black and Fob. They are sold in thirty-two brand names, which are: Tylo Combo Pack; Powerbolt; Polo Mobile Home Lock;Combo Pack; Dorian Combo Pack; Delta Combo Pack; Cove Combo Pack; 663/667 Single-sided Deadbolt; 660/665 Deadbolt; 660 Deadbolt Combo Pack; 909 SmartCode Deadbolt; Milan; 910 Contemporary SmartCode Deadbolt with Home Connect; Halifax; Tustin Combo Pack; 910 SmartCode Deadbolt with Home Connect; Lido Combo Pack; Key Control Deadbolt; Juno Combo Pack; 913 SmartCode Deadbolt; Gatelatch; 914 SmartCode Deadbolt with Home Connect; Copa Combo Pack; Austin; Cameron Combo Pack; SmartCode 916 Touchscreen Electronic Deadbolt; 980/985 Deadbolt; 993/994 Square Deadbolt; 993/994 Round Deadbolt; 780/785 Deadbolt; 909 Contemporary SmartCode Deadbolt and Kevo Bluetooth Electronic Lock.

handle set kwiksetHandle-sets are those that are designed for use in the front door entries since they have both secure deadbolts and stylish handles. They are available in eleven finishes namely: Life-time Polished-Brass, Antique-Brass, Polished Brass, Antique Nickel, Satin Nickel, Satin Chrome, Polished Chrome, Rustic Bronze, Venetian Bronze, Rustic-Pewter and Iron Black. They are sold under thirteen brand names which are: Dakota, Belleview, Wellington, Tavaris, Shelburne, Montara, Hawthorne, Avalon, Austin, Chelsea, Ashfield, Arlington and Amherst.

All the products come along with warranties that are aimed at retaining customers with a view of long-term loyalty building.

Kwikset is a great company and we also offer Re-Key services for almost all of their products as well.