Boost electronic lock security with effective keyless codes
Thursday, January 29, 2015
The same precautions you take to choose a secure PIN should be taken with keyless lock user codes. Here are a few examples to help you choose wisely.
Keeping track of user codes
There are several free online tools, like Evernote, you can use to take notes. Those notes can then be accessed securely from any computer or smartphone when you log in to your account. Keep in mind, you'll want to be creative in how you list these codes so savvy hackers are not aware of what they refer to. See below for a few ideas.
Some consumers hide their bank card PIN in their phone directory. The same can be done for your keyless lock user codes. For example, you could create an entry for your housekeeper and hide the housekeeper's code within what looks to be a phone number. For example, if the user code is 0649, you could list the phone number as (525) 406-4921. Just make sure your phone is passcode protected for even more security in case of loss or theft.
Consider long codes
Avoid using the same digit twice
Give them meaning
At the end of the day, the most secure place you can store your user code is in your mind. An easy way to do this is by giving the numbers a significant meaning. They might represent an important date or word. For example, you could choose a loved one’s graduation date or someone’s anniversary that you’re likely to remember. If that date is 06/25/1979, take a random selection from that date, like 0679. Giving your code a meaning will help you and other members of your household - like your spouse or children - easily remember.
Keep these tips and tricks in mind the next time you change your user codes. You'll be glad you took the extra steps to stay organized and secure. And if you just want to write things down the old fashioned way, here’s a free printable code tracker to use as you please.
What tricks or tools do you use to remember important numbers? Comment below to let us know!