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14th-May-2009 09:23 am
Tuesday was a bit of a shock when I got home. I put my key in the front door and turned it. And turned it. And turned. And turned. 360 became 720 became 1080...

Angling my key just right, aligning it with various planets and stars, and squinting at it just so allowed me to unlock my front door (the one with the screen). Wednesday I came home from with a brand new KwickSet SmartKey lock set (knob and deadbolt kit) with Bumpguard and industrial strength ANSI grade 1 bolts (US$43). I spent last night installing it. I really like the SmartKey feature. I re-keyed both the knob and deadbolt locks to work with my existing keys in about one minute. Neat feature!

The other feature I like is the BumpGuard protection. Bumping is a method of picking a lock that takes SECONDS and leaves no indication behind that your lock was picked. That means when you go to make your insurance claim, they might not pay or make it harder for you to get your claim processed since you can't prove that your house was actually broken in to.

Bumping is not a new thing to me as I watched a Black Hat conference video several years ago on it. It works on almost any pin and tumbler lock. Ever since that time I have been a bit nervous and have been playing the odds - there are a lot of houses in my neighborhood, what are the chances mine will get robbed? I have been waiting for someone to produce a lock that protects against this and now I am happy to have one.

I was not compensated nor paid for this endorsement... I am just happy with my new door locks... and the fact that my screen door will now latch simply by closing it. I used to have to turn the knob.
14th-May-2009 05:32 pm (UTC)
I have been contemplating getting one of those.

Luckily I have Thorfinn Assbiter 1.0.

But I still want one. *-)
14th-May-2009 05:53 pm (UTC)
best thing about em "certified locksmith hat is on" is that you can give dud keys out to visitors or contractors, or leave one under the mat for the cable repair guy, then change the lock back to the original setting when they are done with the other key, it protects you against the whole he made a copy of my housekey scam, just make sure you have at least two copies of the dummy if you do it, one for you and one for him... and for shits sake change it back right away
14th-May-2009 05:58 pm (UTC)
Yup.... definite bonus. They can't reprogram the lock without the original keys.
14th-May-2009 08:09 pm (UTC)
I've been playing with lockpicking now for about 15 years and door bumping has always been kind of magical. One or two light taps and boom, you're inside your buddys house filling his bed with shaving cream.
On the other end of the hat, I've used it for some pretty mean shit in thelast year, going after divorce documents for a friend and destroying someones server they had in their house for a good cause. (Lets say there was bad material on said server.)

Good for you getting a bump resistant lock. Now all you need is a webcam set up with a mini comp hidden in the wall to take photos of anyone who comes near the door.
14th-May-2009 08:35 pm (UTC) - Are you Paranoid?
I took an extra measure of security when replacing my locks. I took them apart and re-keyed the old locks randomly so if someone pulls them from my trash, they cannot get my existing keys.

Muah ha ha ha!
14th-May-2009 08:42 pm (UTC) - Re: Are you Paranoid?
too many years of living in a shithole will do that to you. my current system emails me whenever someone comes near the door. lol
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