We just moved into our office and want keyless entry with fob or key card (not a keypad). Does anybody make a key card reader that you can just replace this current deadbolt with without screwing new holes (property manager wants to be able to revert easily). What do I buy? : Locksmith


The short answer is no.

You really need a competent locksmith to come talk with you about your options. Search online for locksmiths who advertise commercial work. Most importantly, read the reviews from other customers. Also, if he comes out and you don’t like him, maybe he’s rude, or feel that he doesn’t know what he’s doing, call someone else. A novice or incompetent locksmith can really screw this up. If you can locate a city or regional locksmith association and get recommendations from them, you’ll be way ahead. An example would be the Greater Houston Locksmith Assoc.



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Incorporating locksmithing into current cyber security role for ‘red team’ assessments : Locksmith


I’m currently a penetration tester. I identity weaknesses and misconfigurations in client enterprise computer networks via hacking / using tooling. The clients are typically larger organisations such as finance institutions , mining orgs and other listed companies. We do red team exercises which involve testing more than just the IT, such as the people and the processes in place. This includes social engineering and trying to bypass physical security controls and then providing recommendations to clients.

The bypassing is typically ‘find an unlocked door, tailgating, convince someone to let you in, get close to a cloneable badge with a proxmark etc

The role is full time and leaves limited time for much else. I guess I’m wondering whether I could gain much from locksmithing to assist in identifying poor practices for larger organisations.

Are there regular weaknesses or bad practices that experienced locksmith come across?

Is this something I could learn doing on Saturday’s (enough to be useful) if I found someone willing to take on a volunteer.

An aspect of the assessment is that the IT team and physical security are not made aware of the engagement and as such we attempt to gain access to the nominated location undetected. Is locksmithing realistically going to help achieve this?

Any other thoughts on the topic?

Thanks all!



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I am converting a very old (100 y/o) solid wood door with a mortise lock to a cylinder lock. I would like to maintain the current center to center spacing of 3 5/8 if possible. I know the modern standard is 5 1/2 CTC. Is there any security/safety risk in sticking with the old spacing? : Locksmith


What are you trying to achieve with this conversion?

The chances of you finding the right amalgamation of plates to maintain that spacing and have it come out looking even halfway decent are, in my opinion, pretty slim.

Edit: I would hate to see you disrupt the appearance of what looks like a beautiful 100 year old door with a bunch of tacky wrap plates. I’m sure there’s better ways to achieve whatever it is you’re trying to do.



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