Category: Locksmithing

Misstep 30: How didn’t this register?

Keys left in register

Are we really at the 30th misstep blog? This is crazy, since it was just a fluke of an idea… And here I am on Feb 19th writing posts that won’t even drop until mid-June. I hope you’re enjoying the series as much as I am while I find these and write about them. I […]

Misstep 25: Pet Your Cat74

Who here is a legit paper towel thief? Because I have the connection to a Washington DC-area restaurant that has lax enough of security measures to allow this! The Misstep The Key. The Solution This is a really stupid misstep this week, but it segues into something else — security awareness. Sure, the employees left […]

Misstep 24: What an Impression

Here we are, in an elevator riding up to our hotel room. I’m not a firefighter, in fact — the closest I’ve come is putting out a campfire with a hose. But for some reason, this tubular lock caught my attention. Maybe it is because some companies use the elevator floor restrictions as a security […]

Misstep 23: Rock Music to Robber’s Ears

My primary line of business at work is application security. I spend hours a week pouring over various CWE’s over at https://cwe.mitre.org/, reading about how company’s have been breached, and other security information. It’s important to me to know very much what my company’s competitors are doing in the industry, and what is affecting those […]

Misstep 21: Shim Shimmity

You can easily tell how far ahead I am in my security blogs, considering this is scheduled to post in early April and there’s a Christmas Tree ornament hanging from this cabinet, but I digress. The Misstep This lock doesn’t even try to fit these knobs, it can easily be moved around to get over […]

Misstep 19: Unshackled

Today takes us to Boston, MA. A beautiful albeit cold coastal town with some of the most fantastic seafood you can buy. It is an area that, not too long ago, was mostly factories and shipyards — now is the Seaport district — a bustling area of hotels and restaurants and businesses. With all of […]

Misstep 17: Keys in the Ignition

Today? Hyperbole. Keys are in-fact often left in this type of vehicle, but there’s no ignition and you can’t really drive off in them. That aside, I do see keys left in jetways at airports an awful lot: Above, Midway Airport, Chicago. (December 2019) Boston Logan, MA (BOS) Charleston, SC (CHS) And another, Midway Airport […]

Misstep 7: Knoxoff KnoxBox

Alright, after this post, I’m taking the rest of the year off! I’ve talked about this one before in Lockboxes and Key Space Exhaustion, and I’ve seen this guarding both a bagel/coffee shop out in LA, a restricted-use boat launch, and this dollar store back home. This photo shows the one by my place that […]

Misstep 6: Moneygrab

Key in Register

This one is less about what you’re seeing, and more about temptation. This cash register has the drawer key sitting directly in the lock it is supposed to protect. Cashiers should be performing “NO SALES” if they need access to the cash drawer without a transaction. This keeps a record of times an employee accesses […]