How to Get into Cybersecurity, No Matter Your Experience Level


This is a question I get asked a lot!

So, here is my definitive guide to getting into your electronic digital safe if the batteries are dead.

Step 1. Don’t panic

You will be able to get back into your safe and as long as you follow the below steps, your safe will be undamaged and useable again in no time.

Step 2. Check that the batteries are dead and that it is not another problem

On most higher end electronic safes, the first sign that the safe batteries are dead is usually a longer series of beeps when you input your code or a warning on the display panel if you have one. If you are getting a low battery warning of any sort and if the safe won’t open it is likely that this is the problem.

Lower cost electronic safes may not warn you that the battery is running low and the first you may know is when the safe won’t open. Batteries can be expected to last up to 2 years, depending upon usage, so if yours have been in longer than that, then a dead battery is likely to be the reason. Batteries that are left untouched for too long may corrode, which could create a much more expensive problem.

Step 3. Work out what sort of digital safe you have

Obviously, there are hundreds of models of digital safe, but I have split these into three categories depending on the type of electronic lock the safe has.

Digital lock with override key

If you purchased your safe at low cost online or f

If you purchased your safe at low cost online or from a large chain retail outlet, then it is likely to be this type of electronic safe and will have a lock similar to the one in the image above. Your safe will have come with a separate key which can be used to open the safe if the electronic lock fails or the batteries run down. Override keys should not be stored inside the safe.

Digital lock with batteries behind the keypad

These higher end locks have the batteries conceale

These higher end locks have the batteries concealed within the keypads with access to the battery even if the safe is locked (often from below, or the keypad will tilt forward to reveal the batteries). If the battery is running low on a safe with this type of lock, you will get a warning. This maybe beeps when you input your code or, if you have a display panel, it may show a low battery warning similar to that you would see on a mobile phone.

Digital lock with emergency power supply connection

Locks like the one in the image above have an exte

Locks like the one in the image above have an external emergency battery connection point on the keypad. The actual battery housing is inside the safe on the back of the door and inaccessible from the outside when the safe is locked.

Step 4. Accessing the batteries in your digital safe

Each type of safe requires a different method of replacing the dead batteries:

  • Digital lock with override key – You will need to use the override key to open the safe. The battery pack is inside the door and batteries can only be replaced with the safe open. To access the override lock, there is usually a removable panel to the side of the keypad. Undoing this will uncover the lock for the key to be inserted. If you have lost the override key then you cannot open the safe. However, due to the less secure nature of these sort of key locks, a locksmith will be able to open it for you, for a charge.
  • Digital lock with batteries behind the keypad – There is normally an obvious catch somewhere on the keypad (often at the bottom) which will release the battery casing and enable you to replace the batteries as seen in the image below
  • Digital lock with emergency power supply connection – These safes cannot be opened without battery power and the batteries are located inside the safe. If your batteries are dead, you will need to hold a 9v battery (Like the ones you get in smoke detectors) to the connection points at the front of the safe, this should deliver the power you require to enter your code on the keypad.

You will need to keep the battery held onto the connection points while you type in your code and open the door.

Once inside the safe, you will have access to the dead batteries and be able to replace them.

Step 5. If all else fails, contact the experts

If your digital safe is one of the more secure/robust varieties or none of the above have worked then it is probably time to speak to the professionals.

With our experienced engineers and nationwide service, no matter what grade, cash rating, or make of safe you have, we can get it open for you.

Safes can become stuck shut for a variety of reasons, not just the batteries. Whatever the issue preventing you from opening your safe, our engineers will quickly diagnose the problem and determine the options for opening it.

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Things you should NOT do if your safe won’t open

  1. Kick it: Although this may make you feel better it will not help and may damage the safe locking mechanism further
  2. Spray things in the lock: We have had all sorts of weird and wonderful things sprayed in locks over the years and none of them helps.
  3. Force the lock: Any attempt to force the safe open is likely to cause damage. Safes are designed not to be able to be forced open so any attempt you make to do so is futile.
  4. Drill the lock: Unless you know what you are doing, the only guaranteed result of drilling your safe’s lock is that you will never be able to use that lock again.

We can help you to get your safe open in the most effective and least damaging way. Please contact us to arrange for an engineer to come out to you asap.


7. Beware of free Wi-Fi and downloads

“Free downloads, online services or Wi-Fi networks are the most common sources of online security problems”

Free downloads, online services or Wi-Fi networks are the most common sources of online security problems. If you decide to go for a free solution, make sure it has a reliable reputation: research the name of the service or software and you will probably find some feedback on how it works.

Using free public Wi-Fi is not always safe, but sometimes we need to go online urgently. Remember to avoid accessing your bank accounts or completing purchases via free Wi-Fi. If you do need to do this, use VPN software to get protection for the data you send over the unsecured network. If it’s not urgent, then it’s better to postpone any important transactions until you get home.

Pro tip: If you want to stay safe using public Wi-Fi and also secure your home network, use Clario’s Wi-Fi protection.  

7. Make Online Purchases From Secure Sites

Any time you make a purchase online, you need to provide credit card or bank account information—just what cybercriminals are most eager to get their hands on. Only supply this information to sites that provide secure, encrypted connections. As Boston University notes, you can identify secure sites by looking for an address that starts with https: (the S stands for secure) rather than simply http: They may also be marked by a padlock icon next to the address bar.

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10. Use cybersecurity software

“In some cases, following the above is just not enough”

A reliable cybersecurity solution will provide you with an extra level of safety, covering your back in cases when following these rules above is just not enough.    

Clario provides you with additional privacy benefits like real-time antivirus protection for Android and macOS, unlimited VPN, and an ad blocker with anti-tracking feature. It will protect you from spam and phishing, and instantly alerted if your personal data goes public. If you have any questions or doubts, a team of experts is at your service 24/7/365.

Start with Clario in 3 simple steps:

  1. Download the app
  2. Personalize your account
  3. Sign up for a free trial (no cc required)

Now that you know how to protect yourself online

Now that you know how to protect yourself online — it’s time you shared some basics with your kid(s). These security lessons are also good for other family members who may be less familiar with the internet (such as elderly relatives). So, here they are.

2. Explore the Security Tools You Install

Many excellent apps and settings help protect your devices and your identity, but they’re only valuable if you know how to use them properly. To get the maximum protective power from these tools, you must understand their features and settings. For example, your smartphone almost certainly includes an option to find it if lost, and you may have even turned it on. But did you actively try it out, so you’ll know how to use it if needed?

Most antivirus tools have the power to fend off Potentially Unwanted Applications (PUAs), troublesome apps that aren’t exactly malware but don’t do anything beneficial. But not all of them enable PUA detection by default. Check the detection settings and make sure yours configured to block these annoyances. Likewise, your security suite may have components that aren’t active until you turn them on. When you install a new security product, flip through all the pages of the main window, and at least take a glance at the settings.

To be totally sure your antivirus is configured and working correctly, you can turn to the security features check page on the website of the AMTSO (Anti-Malware Testing Standards Organization). If your antivirus doesn’t pass, it’s time to contact tech support and find out why.

Open Sentry Safe in less than 5 seconds!

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How to open Digital safe without key

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I saw a vid clip on YouTube about how to open a digital safe without the key, so I thought I should find out if it is true as I have provided many of these safes for my tenants..Well, it is true..But luckily, all the safes are embedded in the wall, so banging it is out of the question..I will try other methods as in the youtube vid clip..But I have my own method which happened a few years ago, when the safe was embedded in the wall but I am not banging with the palm really hurts, LOL, maybe should use a mallet.

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Opening a Safe Without the Combination

The internet is filled with supposed methods of cracking open a safe. However the vast majority of them involve damaging the safe, which should be a last resort. Below we’ll review the best ways to open both a dial and digital safe.

For a Dial Safe

Here the steps for a dial safe:

  1. First you must find the safe’s emergency key. You almost definitely received an emergency key when you purchased your safe. Let’s hope you can remember where you put it, because you’re going to need it to properly open the safe without the combination. Otherwise you would need to crack the safe by force.
  2. Remove the panel that covers your safe’s dial. Removing the dial panel is usually fairly easy and can be done using your bare hands. Attempting to pry the panel from the dial using a fork or similar tool is ill-advised and will likely damage the exterior of your safe.
  3. Once you have removed the dial panel, take a look beneath the dial itself. There you should find a small round notch. This is the emergency keyhole. The emergency keyhole is usually designed to blend in with the safe, so you may not spot it right away. It’s worth noting that not all manufacturers place the emergency keyhole beneath the dial. You might find your safe’s emergency keyhole to the side of the dial.
  4. Insert the emergency key into the emergency keyhole and turn it until the safe opens. Be sure to return the key to its original position before removing it. Neglecting to do so may result in the safe failing to lock or the emergency key failing to work the next time you need it.

For a Digital Safe

Here are the steps for a digital safe:

  1. Some digital safes have emergency keys. But if your safe doesn’t then you need to press the reset button. To do this you must first locate the safe’s bolt openings. These bolt openings can usually be found on the back of the safe. Some smaller digital safes may have their bolt openings on the base.
  2. Once you have located your safe’s bolt openings, take a flashlight and shine it through each opening. Move from bolt opening to bolt opening until you find one that allows you to clearly see the safe’s interior keypad.
  3. Once you have located your safe’s interior keypad, find a rod that is long and thin enough to fit through the corresponding bolt opening. An uncoiled wire hanger is a good option, but you can use whatever you want as long as it gets the job done. Push the rod into the safe and hit the “reset” button on the interior keypad. It may be necessary to hold the button down for ten seconds or so.
  4. Enter your new combination on the safe’s interior keypad and hit the “set” button. Most digital safes will emit a beeping noise when a new combination has been set. If you don’t hear one right away, hold the “set” button down. If ten seconds pass without a sound, then assume your code has been set.
  5. Remove the rod from your safe. Enter your new combination on your safe’s exterior keypad to ensure it was set correctly. If your safe fails to open, then you’ll have to take your rod and repeat the process.

The Brute Force Option

There are a number of brute force techniques that

There are a number of brute force techniques that are used to crack open a safe. Drilling is perhaps the most common of these techniques. As you likely guessed, this involves drilling a small hole in the safe and picking the lock from the inside. Drilling is usually only effective in older safes. Most modern safe manufacturers design their locks to be impervious to picking from all angles.

When trying to unlock a newer safe, you may be forced to use a saw or blowtorch. While effective, there is a lot of effort involved. It should be treated as a last resort and avoided until all other methods of opening your safe have been exhausted.

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