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19th February 2020 Issue no. 495
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New York forces smart lock maker to improve its security
By Rob LeFebvre
The New York Attorney General's office settled with Safetech to provide better security for its smart locks. Smart locks promise the security of a traditional lock without the need to carry around a key.
Most can be unlocked with a mobile app or an RFID-equipped card you can store in your wallet. Unfortunately, they're also pretty easy to hack open. The office of New York's attorney general, Eric T. Schneiderman, announced a settlement with one such smart lock manufacturer.
Utah-based Safetech Products has agreed to encrypt all of its smart lock passwords, electronic keys and other credentials within its locks, prompt users to change the default password upon initial setup and establish a more comprehensive security program. Safetech makes both padlocks and door locks, each available on Amazon. According to the New York AG's office, independent security researchers found that the company's locks did not secure passwords or other security information in its locks, which left customers open to hacking and theft.
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