Marc Weber Tobias and his team pick locks for a living. But they’re not thieves, they’re a group of security experts dedicated to testing how secure the locks on the market really are. Using standard tools like paper clips and screw drivers, Tobias and his team have uncovered some of the biggest security flaws in the highest rated and most expensive locks, leaving consumers wondering, how safe is my lock?
Many of the locks that Tobias and his team test are top selling and most highly rated locks, rated strong and secure. The most recent lock Tobias tested was the BioLock 333, a fingerprint biometric lock advertised as bump-proof and sold for hundreds of dollars. Tobias describes the revered lock in recent interview with Wired magazine as “…[a] very neatly designed container, but the problem with this lock design is so elementary, frankly it defies belief.” Tobias and his team were able to crack the lock using a paperclip.
But what made this lock so faulty? The fingerprint lock itself is pretty secure, but the major design flaw presents itself when you take into account that this lock has a standard backup key in case of battery fail. That means that the lock has a regular cylinder. Tobias describes that the cylinder can easily be bypassed with nothing more than a paper clip. Once this type of information is released, any average thief can access the information online, which creates a serious security threat for owners of the lock.
Upon hearing this information, BrickHouse Security immediately pulled the BioLock 333 from their product line. “We’re dedicated to offering consumers a quality product and frankly, the BioLock 333 is not that,” said Todd Morris, CEO of BrickHouse Security. Tobias explains that it’s actually rare for a reseller to pull a lock just because he and his team has deemed it insecure. Tobias explains the normal reaction when he approaches a manufacturer that there’s a flaw:
“First you tell them there’s a problem, they tell you there’s no problem. They tell you how brilliant their engineers are, and that they have a patent. First of all, patents mean nothing. They have nothing to do with security, they have to do with uniqueness and non obviousness of design. Then they tell us if you talk about our locks negatively we’re going to sue you because its liable, defamation its just not true. My attitude has always been, ‘I’ll meet you at the courthouse.’
Tobias and his team stay dedicated to testing locks and exposing security flaws in an attempt to alert manufacturer’s and educate consumers. Tobias hopes that some day the manufacturer’s will heed his warning and make the necessary changes to create a quality, safe lock. Until then, he plans on educating the public himself. If you purchased a BioLock 333 from BrickHouse Security, please contact our Customer Care department 1-800-654-7966. See what Marc Weber Tobias has to say about the security of your locks and the future of the industry in the interview above.