Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Everything You Need to Know About Electronic Locks for Office Furniture



Although we’re obviously pro-key, we understand it can be a hassle to be responsible for them. Lost, stolen, and forgotten keys are no longer a problem with electronic keyless locks. Electronic locks are also a solution for employee turnover, or a lock requiring multiple users - just provide the code and no keys are required! EasyKeys offers a variety of electronic locks for cabinets, desks, lockers, and cubicles. Electronic keypad locks can be controlled by the keypad, key fobs, Bluetooth, NFC or ProxCards depending on the option selected. Battery operated, the electronic locks are reliable, and can operate 3 or more years before requiring a replacement.

EasyKeys carries the brand MicroIQ, which has several locking mechanisms available that will allow you to replace most locks. MicroIQ retrofits and replaces the lock cores of multiple furniture and lock manufacturers (Hon, Haworth, Kimball, Knoll, and Steelcase to name a few!). Just remove the current lock core and insert the MicroIQ electronic lock. Depending on your specific needs, MicroIQ has an option for you. There are two available modes – station and locker mode.

The station mode refers to an office environment or workstation where there is typically one user of the lock. The lock is used repeatedly by the same user with one keypad code and / or one key fob. A key fob can be programed to as many locks as desired which enables the users to have one key fob for multiple locks. The station mode electronic locks can handle a total of three unique access codes and / or key fobs in order to provide security management.

The locker mode refers to a space such as a school, club, or hotel where temporary codes are necessary. These locations require multiple users with temporary but individual codes to provide access to a locker or storage unit.

Station or locker mode must be specified at the time of order. Providing even more versatility, the MicroIQ locks can be switched between the two modes.

Security is a priority and easy with the MicroIQ locks. AutoTraq is an optional software that provides tracking of the users and their access. The AutoTraq software provides compliance data and additional peace of mind for those high security items.



CompX National RegulatoR Manual Locking Electronic Lock



CompX National RegulatoR Self-Locking Electronic Lock

Micro IQ Electronic Locks


For assistance selecting the optimal electronic lock for your needs, contact a real human in customer service at info@easykeys.com or toll-free at 877.839.5397.

Upgrade your locks and enjoy the ease of access that electronic keypad locks provide!

Friday, November 15, 2019

How to Rekey a Lock

Keys are one of the most often lost items in the United States - luckily EasyKeys can help! Lock Core Kits come with one lock core and two keys. Keep one key and store the other in a safe place or give to a trusted friend.

Lock core replacement kits are perfect for ensuring security after employee turnover. Changing the lock codes can prevent unauthorized employees (or former employees) from accessing the office furniture. The lock core kits can also provide a new employee with two keys for their new desk or file cabinet. Lock core kits are also used to rekey locks. It’s more convenient to use the same key for multiple locks, and rekeying locks can provide that ease. Who wants to carry multiple keys for one workstation? EasyKeys and lock core replacement kits can make your life easier.

In order to replace or change lock cores, a control key is required. A control key can also be called a change key, removal key, pull key, or core removal key. EasyKeys provides everything needed to replace a lock!

Ordering a lock core kit is as easy as 1, 2, 3!
  1. Click on the Shopping Cart
  2. Select your desired Manufacturer, Lock Series, and Lock Code
  3. Add 2 Keys, 1 Lock Core, and 1 Control Key




Tuesday, November 5, 2019

How to Find a Key Code on a Lock


Magnifying Card Lights are one of EasyKeys handiest products and with good reason! The magnifying glass with a light is small enough to carry with you, but has large benefits. Extremely convenient, this magnifying light is around the size of a credit card and can be taken anywhere in a pocket or a purse.

Lock codes are small, and can be difficult to read. Add the fact that some locks are located under desks and the codes might as well be invisible! The magnifying card lights are the perfect solution - just click the button to turn on a light and look through the magnifying glass to view the lock code.

If you are still having issues viewing the code, dab White Out over the lock code and wipe off the excess. The lock code will remain white, making it easier to identify. Then grab your EasyKeys magnifying card light to see the code clearly!


These cards are not only saving graces for dark offices and hard to read lock codes - you can use them for fine print on contracts or even menus in dimly lit restaurants! The possibilities are endless - what will you use them for?

If you already have your hands and pockets full, there is an app for that! Check out the Magnifying Glass + Flashlight app in the Apple Store or Play Store.

Monday, September 23, 2019

How to Replace File Cabinet Locks

An important addition to office furniture, file cabinet locks are an easy and economical option to keep everything from files to personal items safe.

Before getting ahead of ourselves, if there is currently a lock and mechanism in the furniture, a new file cabinet lock may not be required. Just enter the lock code (found on the face of the lock core) and the manufacturer on www.easykeys.com to purchase a replacement key. If you would prefer to change the lock core to use a different lock code (key), you can switch the lock core to another code within the same series. A change key, new lock core, and a new key would be required for this option.

Now, on to the file cabinet locks! If the existing lock is damaged, or if there is not a current lock, a new filing cabinet lock replacement is for you! Finding the correct lock kit for your item doesn’t have to be difficult. It’s easy to select your lock as long as you know the manufacturer and have the previous lock measurements. If you do not have that information, just send photographs of the furniture to info@easykeys.com. Our team will help you become the office hero!

There are several manufacturers and file cabinet lock options available to meet your needs. HON, Wesko, Hirsh, Anderson Hickey, and FireKing Medeco just to mention a few.

Check out all of our replacement file cabinet locks online here.

Once you find your lock, use our YouTube videos to assist in installation.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Secure your Business with a File Locking Bar

Afraid Karen is going to take your M&Ms? Or maybe you need to protect something a little more serious like employee information, tax files, or even Peanut M&Ms!

File locking bars are a great solution to add extra security to an existing file cabinet. File cabinet lock bars attach to the outside of a file cabinet and are secured with a padlock. Even if someone has a key for the existing lock core in your furniture, the additional padlock would require a new and unique key.

The external file cabinet lock bars are determined by the size of your furniture piece – Easykeys provides multiple sizes ranging from one drawer all the way up to 5 drawer filing cabinets. The ABUS filebars are constructed of 16-gauge steel and include the screws required for mounting. The file locking bars are reversible and can be mounted on the left or right side of the cabinet, making it even more accomodating for your space. File cabinet lock bars are so secure they meet the DoD industrial security requirements!

File Cabinet Lock Bar



Click the option with your file cabinet drawer quantity to find more information and purchase. EasyKeys.com provides instructions for installation along with real human customer service if more assistance is needed.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

The Best Padlocks Throughout History

Security has been a priority for people since the beginning of time, which helped encourage the creation of padlocks. These types of locks have been around for thousands of years, and remain a consistent provider of security. Padlocks are small and portable, which provides the freedom to use the lock in many different locations.

After the creation of a padlock design (the oldest recorded padlocks are the Roman padlocks from 500 BC), this style of lock spread through the use of trade merchants and became common.


Roman Padlock
(https://unitedlocksmith.net/blog/the-history-of-padlocks)
Viking padlocks were made to secure tribesmen’s paddocks, which could be where the name “padlock” originated. Another type of popular padlock was dubbed the “smokehouse padlock.” Smokehouses became frequently used in England to preserve food. In order to prevent theft from animals and humans alike, the padlock later called the smokehouse padlock was created. This type of padlock used a key, but was not up to security standards of today since it could be picked without leaving any evidence. A new type of padlock called the “cast heart padlock” was created in Scandinavia. These locks were made from bronze or brass which made them strong and weather resistant. Because of that and the ability to mass produce, the cast heart padlock grew in popularity. These locks were shaped similarly to a heart shape and could have contributed to the “love lock” tradition where couples attach a padlock to a bridge or fence, symbolizing their love.

Cast Heart Padlock
(https://unitedlocksmith.net/blog/the-history-of-padlocks)

Padlocks have evolved and changed over the years, but continue to be a symbol of and provide security for various areas and items. EasyKeys carries multiple options to suit any potential need. We have padlocks of different materials; options for indoors and outdoors; combination padlocks or keyed padlocks; and even color choices! Whether you’re looking for a lock for school lockers, an ABUS lock bar, or even to symbolize your love - EasyKeys has the best padlock for you.

Take a look at some of our best padlock options below, or click here to see them all!



Brass Padlock

A brass padlock with 2 keys. These can be keyed alike or differently.



Aluminum Alloy Padlock

An aluminum alloy padlock: light, but secure. 1/4-Inch diameter shackle made of hardened steel with NANO PROTECT™ coating for extra corrosion resistance. These can be keyed alike or differently.
Combination Padlock
A combination padlock with a heavy duty solid zinc body with chrome plating for weather resistance. This lock also requires no tools required to change combination.