Confession time: I don't lock my phone. No password or key, no swipe pattern, no fingerprint scan. Nothing. It's really stupid and I will probably regret it someday.
The Yale lock company has developed a household lock equipped with NFC technology. Just place your phone by the lock and wait for it to respond by locking or unlocking the door. It's that easy, says Yale.
Andrew Leinonen created the ultimate deterrent to bicycle theft - a lock that's integrated into the bicycle's frame. He calls his invention the StayLocked Bike.
If you were curious about how locks work and/or curious about what kind of person is a competitive lockpicker (as in they pick locks for sport) meet Schuyler Towne. He's completely obsessed with locks and loves to talk about 'em.
How long does it take someone to compromise this HP laptop lock, and what sinister tools do they need? Fifteen seconds. Screwdriver. Uh... maybe it's time to start looking into a lock for your lock.
Some engineering students at Olin College have built a robot that can crack the combination of any MasterLock brand combination lock. The complimentary GUI gives you the combination once it's done cracking, and offers "entertainment options" (like pictures of monkeys, and links to CNN and GrooveShark) while it's…
You just can't help yourself, can you? After a night of ruinous drinking, you come home and dial that ex, wailing for them to take you back. Or maybe you need to kick the Angry Birds addiction. Lock 'er up!
Put that teal spandex one-piece back on the rack because we're running down the latest in style and safety this holiday for bike couriers, wannabes, and anyone else who's gotta ride in The City.
Numerical combination locks have kept our stuff safe for hundreds of years. (Thanks, numerical combination locks!) But why not mix things up a little bit? How about a lock with a cheat code, instead of a passcode?
That lock may seem a little bit too big, but I know some parts of New York in which you will need to use it. A reader sent us another image:
A troubled computer user accidentally pressed the caps lock button and doesn't know how to turn it off. Naively, he seeks help from the internet. The internet tells him: you can't turn it off, it's irreversible. I love the internet.
There's something thrilling about the movie scenes in which the hero is forced to shoot open a lock in order to rescue his leading lady, but how realistic is that whole gag? The answer may surprise you.
Sure, you can use various high-tech methods to sneak into places where you don't belong, but the MacGyver approaches are so much more fun. Here's how someone can defeat a sliding chain lock with just a rubber band.
Hotel rooms tend to have locks that use magnetic swipe cards—something reasonably high-tech and innately trusted. Bad news? A piece of bent wire can defeat these locks. Good news? A towel prevents such low-tech break-ins.
Even if this lockable USB drive concept is turned into a real product, I won't be buying it. I barely mastered my locker's combination lock by the time I graduated high school, why would I want to repeat that nightmare?
Just because you didn't make it into the police force, it doesn't mean you have to go through life with a naked belt. Strap Brando's camera belt lock on for size, and feel the testosterone course through your veins.
Tired of your lunch being stolen by your roommates and co-workers? Instead of hiding your snacks, get serious about security with the fridge locker.
Hideouts can't be protected with a simple lock and key, those jobs require passwords or secret knocks. For the latter, you can go the extra mile and build a knock detector using a few basic pieces of equipment.
Every city dweller has had that panicky moment of "Crap, did I leave the door unlocked this morning?" Kwikset's new locks let you check to see if you did in fact forget, and then lock the door if you did.