The advancement of technology can be a good thing – but in this case, there’s a fine line between security and convenience.
Lockitron is a new app that can be downloaded in the App Store that allows you to be able to unlock your house, business, garage or safe with the click of the button. Makes things easy, right? It allows people to get access to their things with just the click of one button, as apposed to you fiddling around with a lock. That app is free, and the device that you put on the door is 150 bucks.
But this has many security flaws:
1) Keyless entrance. It uses Bluetooth to connect your phone to the Lockitron when you’re within a distance. Then, it unlocks, letting you in.
2) What if someone has your phone for a moment? You can add users on the fly – a “hacker” could just add themselves and then have access to your lock.
3) E-mail addresses and text messages. You could just force the e-mail address and send a fake “open” packet to the door handle.
All in all, I think this hasn’t really been thought through that well. There are many different ways people could get access to your door and unlock it. From a security standpoint, this is more of a physical security issue, but it’s an issue nonetheless.