Kwikset Kevo Bluetooth Deadlock
This is just a follow up on the New Kwikset Kevo. I wrote a post recently on opening your door with a smart phone. Well it is a great idea and the smart phone part of this lock seems to be quite good!! Well, it only works with Apple as far as i can tell, but we all have iphones don’t we? 🙂
Ok, so the Kevo might work well and look good on the outside with flashing lights and a great touch sensor. I just think we should be careful when considering if this is the right lock for use in Australia? It is currently being sold by Masters Hardware and through locksmiths throughout Australia so it is definitely easily available to everyone with a spare $279, the list price at Masters Hardware today.
So why do you need to consider carefully if it is the right lock to put on your door for security? Well, it is because it uses Kwikset’s quick key change system called “Smartkey” There is a lot of information on the net about the smartkey locks by Kwickset. The problem with the smartkey locks is that the lock barrel can be forced open with basic tools. A standard pin tumbler lock just does not open up that easy.
Would I put a Kwikset Kevo on my door? Maybe as a secondary lock? For when I am out in the garden. As a security deadlock, I would avoid it. It is just too vulnerable to a basic attack! It is a real pity, Kwikset used this type of lock barrel in their Kevo deadlock. If it had a better lock barrel, this would be a great lock in many different situations.
There seems to be so many issues with a majority of electronic locking systems. There are so very few on the market that can stand up to a real attack and also reliable enough for every day use. I recommend contacting your locksmith and asking the the hard questions as to the real vulnerabilities of any electronic lock before having one installed on your door.