Your Hotel Room Door Lock Is Easily Hackable. Here’s What To Do About It

by SharonKurheg

We’d all like to think that when we’re in a hotel room, we have some degree of safety and security for our stuff and ourselves. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case:

You can keep your online privacy safe with the instructions in the post above. But they can’t do anything to your luggage or safe if they can’t get into your room. And they can’t break into your room because it’s got the deadbolt and stuff, right? So you’re safe, right?


There are unscrupulous people everywhere, waiting for an opportunity to take what’s yours. Some people are willing to teach these dishonest people how to get to your stuff, either directly or indirectly, because “you can find anything on the internet.” Like these:

How to unlock a “key card” lock with a dry erase marker:

How to unlatch a latched hotel room door #1:
(My apologies – I’m not sure what he was smoking, but this guy is really annoying)

How to unlatch a latched hotel room door #2:
(Not quite as annoying as the other guy, but still questionably smoking something and the video bounces around a whole lot)

The deadbolted hotel room that was opened with the “Privacy” card:
(Thanks to Jeffery M. for this one!)

And, of course, there was the situation in 2017, when two employees of F-Secure, an international cybersecurity firm, discovered that due to a design flaw in the company’s older software, the electronic locks of millions of hotel rooms worldwide were vulnerable to hackers. Worse yet, each hotel had to install the patch manually – so of course you wonder how many of them actually did.

So what can you do?

Several gadgets on the market claim to stop hackers from entering your room. Some are as simple as a doorstop that you use from the inside (when you’re in the room, of course), and others mess with the door’s locking mechanism.

I would be hesitant to use any of them, to be honest. True, the thought of someone getting into my hotel room without my knowledge or permission is scary, but I feel the bigger threat is if I have to leave my room in an emergency and can’t because I have to undo whatever I’ve done to the door/lock to keep people out.  Or what if there was an emergency IN my room and I was incapacitated when I needed someone to come in? They wouldn’t be able to.

So, I’ll just keep things as they are. As always, Your Mileage May Vary.

P.S. – before anyone tells me that I’ve now told potential thieves how to break into any hotel room (because yep, I got several of those types of messages with my post about how easy it is to break into an in-room safe in a hotel), no I haven’t. I didn’t pass on anything more than results on a YouTube search for UNLOCK HOTEL DOOR HACK. I’m sure potential thieves have already gone that route.

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