[Content updated September 27, 2015 – see the comments section further down]
The Alpha S3 Handkey was once a well guarded, enterprise-level device in which Alpha (a division of Checkpoint Systems, Inc.) successfully prevented mainstream use by way of restricting resale to authorised vendors. This has since changed, however, as the public domain began to share information about the device’s components, enabling it to be broken down, reverse engineered, and eventually exploited for all to see. Now, it is possible to purchase no-name replicas of the product, or even make one at home by obtaining instructions on how to make a do-it-yourself handkey.
DISCLAIMER: The diagram shown here is not intended to divulge the intellectual property of Checkpoint Systems, Inc. or any of its subsidiaries. The authors intend only to inform visitors to this site of how generic magnetic handkeys could be constructed at home, and no inference to illegal activity in the use of such a device is made herewith.
TagRemovers.com has been able to obtain documents which show that Sand & Sebolt, LPA acts on behalf of Checkpoint in relation to their patent and intellectual property matters. We understand that, from time to time, their patent attorneys attempt to make contact with unauthorised resellers of this item with a cease a desist notice. Initially this may have been an effective solution, but in recent years the proliferation of generic S3 handkeys that have become available, has forced Checkpoint to rethink its strategy. Over time, this had led to the creation of self-alarming security tags and cables which emit an audible beep when they are detached. We will cover these in a later blog post.
So what types of security devices does the Alpha S3 Handkey open?
- All Alpha S3 Keepers and S3 Safers
- Alpha 3 Alarm Attack Spider Wrap
- Alpha 2 Alarm Attack Spider Wrap
- Alpha 3 Alarm CableLok (including the adjustable and mini CableLok)
- All sizes of Alpha S3 Bottle-Caps
- Alpha Anti-Sweep Hook
- Alpha S3 Eyewear Tag (a.k.a. optical tag)
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