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Canberra’s Best Locksmith

Who is Canberra’s best locksmith company, you ask? Why, we are, of course!

Best Service

Out and About Locksmiths offers the best customer service, at a great price. Our locksmiths go to the utmost effort to ensure a smooth experience when you call us. We always put the customer first. We are available 24/7 to come to you in a lock-related emergency. Our locksmiths are always prompt and reliable, and have the know-how to get the job done quickly and efficiently.

Products and Solutions

We have the complete range of lock-related products and solutions. We have everything you need from a simple key, to a lock, transponder key, and more. It doesn’t matter whether you’ve locked yourself out of your house, car, or safe, we can get you back in and get you the keys you need. Have our phone number in your phone just in case you get locked out.

Reputation

Our customers consistently rate us well, due to the fact that every time we offer outstanding customer service and products. There’s no such thing as a situation we can’t handle when it comes to locks and security.

Security

Speaking of security, we can advise on how to best secure your home, and let you know if you have any security weaknesses that you need to address. Not only do we secure your home with the best locks, but we can make it all the more secure by running through our security checklist to make sure your house isn’t a target for thieves.

So whenever you’re locked out, or have another lock or security related issue, don’t hesitate to call us any time of day or night. We’re always here, and we’ve got your back when it comes to locksmithing services.

Click here for more information about Out and About Locksmiths.

When should you change your locks?

When is it a good idea to change your locks? For many people, this isn’t a question they have even ever asked themselves. If you have ever lost a key, had a key stolen, or maybe you just can’t account for all of your keys, you could be putting you and your belongings in harms way. It is extremely important for you to keep all of your keys together and accounted for. If a thief gets a hold of your keys, you could be putting your belongings and even your personal safety in harms way. This is NOT ideal.

Often times when you lose a key, the first thing that comes to mind is whether you have another and where it is located. Basically, how losing the key affects your daily schedule. Beyond this, little thought is given to where the key has gone, and better yet who now has possession of it. You wouldn’t leave your house wide open at night, with all your possessions and personal safety in harms way. So why would you leave your locks knowing that someone may have your house key and be able to enter your household or business at any point in time. It is extremely important to change locks when you lose your keys or have them stolen. (Especially if it’s the latter)

It is paramount to the safety of you and your possessions that you change your locks when you lose keys, or can not account for all of the keys that are supposed to be in your possession. This will not only assure your safety at all points in time, it will also enforce the great habit of ensuring that your locks are all up to date and working correctly. This is especially vital for businesses who may be stocking expensive goods. Think you need to change locks? Check out our locksmith Canberra services for a full list of the services we provide.

Full Disclosure

The Concept

There is a concept in the lock world known as full disclosure. It entails the full details of a security vulnerability being made public, including how to find and exploit the weakness. The idea behind this is that when a security system’s weakness is exposed, a fix will be put in place faster. This is not only in the name of better security, but also for a better image for security companies. The window of exposure is reduced in this scenario.

History

This issue was first raised in a 19th century controversy about revealing lock system weaknesses to the public.

“A commercial, and in some respects a social doubt has been started within the last year or two, whether or not it is right to discuss so openly the security or insecurity of locks. Many well-meaning persons suppose that the discussion respecting the means for baffling the supposed safety of locks offers a premium for dishonesty, by showing others how to be dishonest. This is a fallacy. Rogues are very keen in their profession, and know already much more than we can teach them respecting their several kinds of roguery.

Rogues knew a good deal about lock-picking long before locksmiths discussed it among themselves, as they have lately done. If a lock, let it have been made in whatever country, or by whatever maker, is not so inviolable as it has hitherto been deemed to be, surely it is to the interest of honest persons to know this fact, because the dishonest are tolerably certain to apply the knowledge practically; and the spread of the knowledge is necessary to give fair play to those who might suffer by ignorance.

It cannot be too earnestly urged that an acquaintance with real facts will, in the end, be better for all parties. Some time ago, when the reading public was alarmed at being told how London milk is adulterated, timid persons deprecated the exposure, on the plea that it would give instructions in the art of adulterating milk; a vain fear, milkmen knew all about it before, whether they practiced it or not; and the exposure only taught purchasers the necessity of a little scrutiny and caution, leaving them to obey this necessity or not, as they pleased.”

A. C. Hobbs (Charles Tomlinson, ed.), Locks and Safes: The Construction of Locks. Published by Virtue & Co., London, 1853 (revised 1868).

 

Here at Out and About Locksmiths, we hope you enjoyed this blog.

BSides Canberra

If you’re in the security industry or just interested in security in general, you should get along to the BSides Canberra conference.

What is BSides?

“Each BSides is a community-driven framework for building events for and by information security community members.  The goal is to expand the spectrum of conversation beyond the traditional confines of space and time.  It creates opportunities for individuals to both present and participate in an intimate atmosphere that encourages collaboration. It is an intense event with discussions, demos, and interaction from participants. It is where conversations for the next-big-thing are happening.” – securitybsides.com

BSides Canberra Conference

BSides Canberra is an annual two-day security conference. It is open for discussion and debate to security professionals, academics, hackers, and hobbyists.

BSides General Admission includes:

  • Two days of single-track security presentations and interactive workshops
  • Opportunity to participate in the Capture-the-Flag (CTF) competition
  • Access to Physical security area including – Hardware, Wireless, Lockpicking & Tamperproof
  • Breakout areas and licensed bar for socialising & networking
  • Free T-shirt
  • Electronic badge
  • Conference booklet & sticker
  • Entry to the Friday night conference party
  • Entry to the Saturday night conference party

Lockpicking Workshop

If you’re interested in the workings of locks and security devices, this workshop should appeal to you. The workshop focuses on the operation of fundamental physical security hardware and its weaknesses. It is a physical security demonstration and participation area.
You can learn about lock vulnerabilities and try lockpicking on locks of various levels of difficulty. There will also be the chance to compete in the Australian BSides lockpicking competition.

Tamper Evident Workshop

There will be a new workshop at this year’s BSides – Tamper Evident Workshop. This focuses on “Tamper Evident Seals”, which are security mechanisms designed to show if someone has accessed something or somewhere without authorisation. The workshop will provide tamper evident seals for participants to try their hands at bypassing. Different methods will be explored, such as physical attacks with precision instruments, or chemical solvents. This area of security is often overlooked and BSides aims to further develop security measures to make our information and premises safer.

More information about BSides Canberra can be found here.