I saw the article on All Things D about the new iPhone app, KeyMe, and I admit the whole idea leaves me uncomfortable.
Basically, the app allows you to store scanned keys in your phone, so if you get locked out, you can simply have the key duplicated at a locksmith’s instead of paying for an expensive lock-out service. Okay, sounds sensible and convenient. But combined with this article about hacking house keys, I wonder if we are going too far in trading security for safety.
I know I’ve traded a lot of security by simply having an active online presence, and I’ve accepted that. I’m not a Luddite (or I’d hardly be writing for this blog), but I don’t know. My house keys?
I downloaded the app to see how it works and if seeing it in action calmed my concerns. It looks fairly secure. Not only do you need to do an email verification (from your phone, not a computer), but you also have to give them a credit card. They promise not to charge it, but it’s another level of verification.
You do need to log in every time you open the app, and I used LastPass to generate a very secure password. (So secure that I had to create a Secure Note in LastPass to remember the darned thing.)
All looks good, but I still couldn’t quite bring myself to actually scan a key. I’m not sure exactly why this one bothers me so much, but it does.
If you’re not as squeamish, it does look like a good, secure app. If anyone tries it out, please share your impressions in the comments.