Shloosl Can Copy Your Key From a Smartphone Photograph
How would you feel if I told you that you could take two pictures of a house key with your phone, send them off and receive an exact copy in the mail a few days later? If you’re anything like me then it makes you a bit uncomfortable. Security concerns aside, Shloosl is making it happen. The company is so good at duplicating keys this way that it even nailed LifeHacker writer Adam Dachis’ key when nobody else could. For a measly five dollars the key is replicated and sent to whomever you choose.
I can certainly see how this could be useful. Say you’re out of the country and forgot to leave keys for whoever needs to take care of your place. You snap some shots and ship a spare off. Awesome.
Here’s what worries me though. What if you leave your keys unattended and someone uses the same service to order a copy for themselves. The company claims they have never had an issue of fraud. While that may be true today I think we can all agree that it’s only a matter of time. Especially when the “security measures” the company is implementing seem to be as basic as making sure a hand is present in the photos and linking a credit card to the order. If that makes you feel safe then more power to you but, I live in a world where identity thieves steal information like that regularly.
At least if your keys actually get stolen you have a reason to replace your locks. Missing keys are a big red flag. There’s no way to know if someone has digitally replicated yours until it’s too late.