Category Archives: CT Small Business

Biometric residential locks – forget your keys

“Open Sesame” were the magic words in the fable of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves to gain access to the treasure. Had there been a biometric lock on the cave it would have been very simple, Ali Baba wouldn’t even have to remember the code words to get in. What it means for a residential homeowner is all that’s necessary to get into the house without a key is the owner’s fingerprint. Just imagine, no more looking for your keys, all that’s needed is your fingerprint to unlock the door.

Not only do these high-tech locks provide the convenience of never having to use a key when you have your arms full with grocery bags, they also give you individual security at the highest level. No more worrying about who else might have a key to your house (former cleaning service, baby sitter, contractors, etc.). Biometric locks can be programmed for each individual you would like to have access to your home. Each fingerprint gets stored in the reader and when the person wants to enter it gets recognized as an “authorized” print and the door opens. Ideal for all family members to get into the house. If the fingerprint is not recognized the door stays locked.

Some biometric door lock models also have the capability to record who opened the door and at what time. So you can tell if the plumber actually came at the time he said he did when you were at work. Or if the kids really came home before midnight on Friday night. And once the plumber is done with the bathroom remodeling job his authorization can be deleted.

Biometric locks are also great for rental units. No more changing locks after a tenant moved out, as soon as the access authorization is removed the former tenant can no longer get into the apartment.

Have a question about how to implement biometric locks in your CT home or CT small business? Email Jim Arsenault or call him at 860-678-9797.

Locksmith sues Google

We’re all using Google Maps, no doubt about it. The free service has taken over the phone book when it comes to looking for businesses that are close by a user’s location. Plumbers, restaurants, movie theaters, locksmiths… all available with a mouse click or with a swipe on mobile devices. But what many consumers don’t realize is that some of the businesses showing up in the search are fake.

A Washington D.C. locksmith has had enough. He is claiming that Google allows bogus listings to be displayed in search results, often higher than his own legitimate locksmith business listing. He says he’s lost a third of revenue over the last six years. The locksmith is suing Google because they refuse to remove fraudulent locksmith listings. This practice of creating false listings on Google maps is called “map-jacking.”

An Internet security expert reviewed the methods a scammer used to create hundreds of fraudulent listings and found that it is a flaw in how Google’s system is set up. The flaw could be fixed fairly quickly.

The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court alleges Google “proactively clutter search results with false listing” and “deliberately mislead consumers by publishing false information with prior knowledge that the information is deceptive.”

Google so far has not commented.

Jim is a CT licensed Locksmith with over 30 years experience. He repairs locks, rekeys locks or installs new locks at Connecticut homes or businesses. Email Jim Arsenault or call him at 860-678-9797.

Announcing affiliation with New Wave Electric

J & B Locksmith is pleased to announce our affiliation with New Wave Electric, LLC ( Lee Iraeta, owner/operator and Master electrician, has worked on a wide range of commercial contracts in Connecticut over the past 12 years and will be handling the electrical wiring for high security access lock installations, A-phone systems, magnetic locks, automatic door openers, etc.

We are happy to have Lee bring his experience to our company and customers.

Have a question about how to implement electronic locks in your CT business or institution? Email Jim Arsenault or call him at 860-678-9797.