No matter where you stay, your hotel room will most likely provide a safe for your valuables. Whether it’s located atop the mini bar or stored away in the closet, these safes are pretty standard when it comes to hotel room amenities ― they offer guests a peace of mind when they leave their rooms.
However, it seems like your hotel room safe may not be safe. According to reports, there’s a master code thieves can use to break into to steal your prized possessions. Youtuber LockPickingLawyer recently revealed how this works in a now-viral video.
In the video, you see the user place a bottle of whiskey into the safe. He closes the door to the safe, inputs a 4-digit passcode followed by “lock.” It’s locked and the user is unable to unlock the safe with any other 4-digit number.
Yet, it’s LockPickingLawyer’s next move that leaves many worried. Upon pressing “lock,” the safe goes into “super user mode.” He enters the code (999999), which unlocks the safe. The code is meant for hotel staff to assist guests in case they get locked out ― but now, it’s common knowledge.
Explained the user, “it might be a good idea to make sure the hotel reset the administrator password before relying on it to protect your goods.”
While it’s unknown if the master code will work on safes other than Safloks, which happens to be one of the most popular safes in hotels, it still presents a big problem for the hotel industry and its guests.