Is Your Hotel Room as Safe as You Think It Is?

While vacationing away from home, the safest place to be should be your hotel room, right? Turns out, that may not be the case.

A new device has made it simple to unlock hotel room doors, making for a massive security breach at chains such as Hyatt, Ramada, and Doubletree Hilton. The homemade contraption can be made in a matter of minutes simply by following along to one of the many YouTube videos available. The device acts like a master key, and can easily get around your door’s deadbolt, earning entry into your hotel room in seconds.

Onity, the security company that manufactures the locks for these hotel rooms, has been aware of the situation since July. They have offered plastic caps that offer an extra line of defense for your door. But security experts believe this may only be a temporary fix, making a thief’s task harder, but still possible.

In a statement, Onity said “Onity developed solutions to prevent hackers from illegally entering hotel rooms. Solutions for all affected locks have been tested and validated by independent security firms, and began shipping to hotel locations worldwide in August.”

Hyatt Place echoed Onity’s sentiments, stating “Hyatt is working together with Onity, our hotel owners, and the hotel industry to ensure that Hyatt properties using Onity locks have a comprehensive solution in place.”

In the meantime, security experts advise guests to use the hotel chain on the door, and when you leave you room, keep all valuables in the safe.

This breach of security brings with it obvious concerns: are we no longer safe in hotel rooms? Is there more to be done, or will clever thieves find a way around any adjustments hotel chains make? Does this news make you feel leery about staying in certain hotels?

Posted by Tyler Thurston on Dec 07, 2012


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