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Criminals can break into your home using a smartphone

What can't you do with a smartphone these days?

There's probably quite a few things you wish it couldn't do, right? Like breaking into your house for starters.

A new app called KeyMe lets users take photos of their keys, store it in the company database and enables them to be printed at one of the KeyMe kiosks.

Now, KeyMe isn't exactly billing itself as the app that lets you steal neighbor's keys and waltz right into the house.

The service is meant to deliver spare keys to those in need, and also prints out fun novelty keys with your favorite team's logo or other fun designs. You can email your key to a friend who might need to get into your house while you are out of town.

However, the threat of someone copying your keys and breaking into your house is real.

One writer over at Wired.com decided to test this theory and was able to get into his neighbor's house with no trouble. He even had permission from the neighbor.

Here's what he did:

I copied my neighbor’s keys at a KeyMe kiosk about a mile from his house, inside a Rite Aid drugstore. After logging in on a fingerprint scanner and choosing my neighbor’s keys from all the keys I’d uploaded, I watched on the machine’s screen as a grandfatherly cartoon figure with a white mustache and spectacles cut them. Seconds later the keys dropped into a box at the front of the kiosk, still warm to the touch. The next morning I let myself into my neighbor’s apartment and interrupted him reading a book about the German battleship Bismarck.

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