Can You Copy a Key From a Photo?

by Team eLocal
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These days, getting a new key printed may be as simple as uploading a photograph to an app. But, just because you can copy a key from a photo doesn’t mean you should. Here's what you should know about this new technology.

Can You Copy a Key From a Photo?

With the right app and a clear image, anyone can get a new key printed using just a photograph. Anyone who wants to do so can download a free app on their cell phone, put the key on a white surface, scan in images of both sides and request a duplicate, which will arrive by mail.

Once the photos are uploaded, the software uses the image to measure the dimensions of the key’s teeth. These numbers are then entered into a key-cutting machine, and a functioning key is made. The process typically works best on keys from common manufacturers.

Should You Post Photos of House Keys on Social Media?

Here’s the downside of this convenience: Anyone with a photo of your key might be able to copy it.

For that reason, you should never post photos of house keys on social media. Although most reputable locksmiths won’t make a copy of a key from a photographed image for security reasons, there’s nothing preventing a savvy home intruder from creating a duplicate key using a 3D printer or ordering copies through free apps such as KeyMe. Although most transactions require a credit card for verification, there are no real safeguards against ordering a key for someone else’s home or property.

Additionally, photos taken at or near your home may make it easy for criminals to match a key to a specific house. Even if an address isn't visible and your post doesn't include a location tag, many cell phones cameras attach data to a photograph that can help a criminal easily place it.

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Elocal Editorial Content is for educational and entertainment purposes only. Editorial Content should not be used as a substitute for advice from a licensed professional in your state reviewing your issue. The opinions, beliefs and viewpoints expressed by the eLocal Editorial Team and other third-party content providers do not necessarily reflect the opinions, beliefs and viewpoints of eLocal or its affiliate companies. Use of Elocal Editorial Content is subject to the Website Terms and Conditions.

The eLocal Editorial Team operates independently of eLocal USA&aapos;s marketing and sales departments.

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