High Security: A Fingerprint Padlock That Can Be Easily Be Disassembled With A Screwdriver

June 18, 2018


This is a shot of the fingerprint padlock that lockpicking hobbyist LockPickingLawyer was sent by the manufacturer for review. After spending almost no time with the lock, LockPickingLawyer discovered the entire lock can be disassembled by removing three torx screws around the bezel, the shackle opened, and even relocked without the owner's knowledge. That's some high security. After making the manufacturer aware of this critical design flaw, they responded with, and I kid you not:

the lock is invincible to the people who do not have a screw driver

Well that's a relief. It's not like a criminal would already own a set of torx screw drivers, or that anyone can just buy a set on Amazon for $4. Now I'm not saying this company should head back to the drawing board, but they should definitely get out of the lock making business and burn their office to the ground.

Keep going for a shot of his email to the manufacturer and their amazing response.


Thanks to Luc, who's not convinced that lock is sledgehammer proof either.

  • Emmitt Morgans

    The lock is bad enough, but that email is a whole different level. How does someone format a block of text *that* poorly?

  • Jesus H. Presley ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ™

    Just wait until the robot cars come out.

  • MustacheHam

    They sure got a screw loose to think they can get away with this.

  • Mike Gover

    That response about not having a screwdriver is along the same lines as apple saying that the reason people were losing signal is because they were holding the phone wrong.

    Forget giving up lock manufacturing, they should close shop altogether.

  • GeneralDisorder

    Lesson 1 of making a lock. Don't ever call it undefeatable. The second someone calls a lock unpickable or unbreakable or... literally anything along those lines... You invite someone to come and break it open. And it's gonna take embarrassingly little time to get into it.

  • shashi

    LockPickingLawer and BosnianBill taught me that most locks can be defeated and some are potatoes https://www.youtube.com/wat...

  • GeneralDisorder

    I especially love the ramset series by Lockpicking Lawyer. He takes that powder actuated fastener tool and pops a hole in the workings of basically any lock. Boom, it's open in two seconds or less.

  • Douchy McDouche

    Wow, so during design and production not a single person said "Hmm, but what if I remove this screw?"

  • Jenness

    Any day now a $3.2 million dollar order of these things by our government to lock up military grade weapons is probably gonna pass.

  • Elak Swindell

    Do you proof read your titles before posting? The first "Be" needs removal. As for the lock, claiming it is invincible to those who do not have a star bit screwdriver is pretty stupid.

  • Ez

    And while I guess there's not technically anything wrong with "removal", it just looks really weird to me. Like he needs to hire a crew and get an estimate before they can get started. I would have used "removed".

  • Ez

    I know that mistake so well. I often type a sentence and then decide to rephrase it for clarity. Not catching an extra word is easy to do when you write the sentence from the inside out instead of from beginning to end.

    The lock manufacturer's email, however, is insane. They started a sentence with "Literally" that made no reasonable sense, literally or otherwise. "Literally, we designed this fingerprint lock with the purpose of againsting theft". WTF is "againsting" and how did they convince their spellchecker that it was an actual word?

  • infi_nitive

    I assumed the composer of the reply email was not speaking his or her first language. I suppose if I tried to write something eloquent in Mandarin it would probably sound even worse, which is why I wouldn't try. I would find someone who speaks both English and Mandarin fluently and have them translate for me, but I suppose that's a crazy idea.

  • Georgia

    So it's not good at againsting theft then?

  • Bling Nye

    "Locks just keep honest people honest."

  • Ivanna Pewpalott

    Every advancement in technology has misfires. Didn't the original Ford Model T not have a reverse gear?

  • zethreal

    Actually, the Model T had reverse. It just didn't have a gear-shift like we're used to. It used a "worm drive" transmission that used pedals to control the direction the drive shaft spun ( so the direction the wheels turned & you went). You had one pedal for forward, one for stop & one for reverse.

  • GeneralDisorder

    When it comes to locks the smart lock isn't all that new. The fingerprint lock isn't new. The padlock in general is something that has been built with serious anti-defeat mechanisms.

    This shit has no business being $50.

  • Bosun Higgs

    A sandwich bag twist-tie is an effective lock to someone who doesn't know how to un-twist it!

  • Scotty J

    You know me so well. You ever start un-twisting the tie, only to find out you were tightening it? But then it's still not untwisting...? Were you doing it right in the first place? Screw it. Just rip the bag open.

  • Big Dog on Krampus

    some would even say it's invincible to them!

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