Risks of key duplication apps

Latest technology may give criminals access to your home and personal information.

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – It seems like a great idea, an app that lets you take a picture of a key and get a copy made. You can have the key sent to your home or office or to anyone you want. Some companies offer a kiosk so you can have the key made in minutes. So convenient, no special trip to the hardware store.

But there’s a risk with this new technology. Anyone with a cell phone that takes photos can make a copy of your keys as well.

Think about it, how many times have you left your keys on your desk at work? Have you handed them off for valet parking or to a mechanic when getting an oil change? How many other people have access to your keys who can take a quick picture?

Once someone gets a key, they can unlock your privacy by invading your home and getting access to your belongings and personal information.

The 22News Investigative Team takes a closer look at the pros and cons of the key making apps. We’ll show you just how easy it is for anyone to copy your keys and break into your home, desk, gym locker or anything you keep under lock and key.

See 22News I-Team reporter Ryan Walsh’s full report tonight, January 29 on 22News at 6pm.

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