An Expert Lock Picker Reveals the Secret Code That Makes Many Hotel Safes Useless

published Oct 12, 2019
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If you’ve ever used the safe that comes in a hotel room, we have some important news for you. Apparently, one particular feature of the hotel safe makes it extra easy for thieves in the know to open it and steal your valuables.

In a video posted to YouTube, a user named LockPickingLawyer shows the vulnerability of Saflok safes, which according to Travel + Leisure is “one of the industry’s most ubiquitous safes.”

For the demonstration, the video creator uses a bottle of 16-year-old Scotch whiskey. He puts it in the safe, then closes the door behind it, setting a personal code to lock the safe. To show that the safe is working, he tries entering a random wrong code, which does not unlock the door — okay, so far, so good.

Here’s the unsettling part: He then entered “super user mode” and put in the code 999999. The safe unlocked.

Saflok safes come with this preset administration code, the idea being that individual hotels will then reset it with a more secure combination of numbers. However, many hotels never reset the code, leaving the safes vulnerable to thieves.

“If you’re ever in a hotel that has one of these Saflok products and you need to use it to lock up some of your valuables, it might be a good idea to make sure that the hotel has reset the administrator password before relying on it to protect your goods,” he said.

LockPickingLawyer’s YouTube channel “aims to educate consumers about weaknesses and defects in security devices so they can make better security decisions.” Because we rely on locks to keep our stuff — and ourselves — safe, it’s important to be informed.

You can view the whole Saflok video below: