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July 7, 2010 • Reviews

Wordlock Locks- Choose Your Word, Secure Your Stuff – Review


This is my shed…


This is my shed’s lock…


This is me forgetting the lock’s combination for the 700th time…

There has to be a better way… and thanks to Wordlock there is.


Wordlock offers a variety of different combination locks that include padlocks, bike locks, luggage locks and more. What makes Wordlocks locks different is that they don’t use hard to remember number combinations to secure your property. Instead they use words combinations. Better still, to help insure that you don’t forget the combination you get to choose the combination and can change it at will.

The company sent me two of their locks for review and I have been using them for the last few days. Let’s take a look.


Wordlock Luggage Lock


From the Company-

When you’re travelling, you have plenty to keep track of. The last thing you want on your mind is luggage security. From the bag check to the taxi, from the five-star hotel to the…um…one-star hotel, Wordlock has you covered. Just pick a four-letter word that’s easy to remember and hit the road. (For Vegas, we recommend “LUCK”! Chicago? Hmm…“WIND.”) Our luggage locks are easy to read and easy to set.


The Luggage Lock has an MSRP of $10.99. It comes in a variety of colors and while you would not want to secure diamonds with it it is more than sturdy enough to secure a suitcase or something even more valuable.

With 10,000 possible different letter combinations there is no question you can find the right word (translation- a word you won’t forget three minutes later) but one that others won’t possibly be able to guess.


The locks are perfect for air travel because, as the company explains…

They’re “Travel Sentry® Approved,” so airport security won’t use the bolt cutters to inspect your bags, and they’re strong enough that you’ll have nothing to worry about while out exploring new places. And they’re also perfect for locking backpacks, office desks, briefcases and instrument cases.


The Wordlock Bike Lock


Elana just started riding a bike. After weeks of looking for the right one she finally made a decision. Now that she has it it would be a shame if the bike were stolen. Luckily Wordlock makes a strong bike lock.

From the Company-

Hey, “bike” is only one of our favorite four letter words, but the fun doesn’t stop there. You can set your bike combination to all kinds of words. Easy to read, easy to set, but hard to forget.

Wordlock bike locks have four letter dials and cable made from curled, heavy-duty braided steel that extends to reach around the bike rack at the store, school, park or downtown. No bike racks around? No problem. At 5 feet long and nearly a half inch thick, our locks reach around benches, trees, fence posts, whatever you have to work with. And they’re weather resistant and built secure, so they’re tough on crime while still user friendly for kids and adults alike. They’re so user friendly you’ll be thinking of our other favorite four letter word “love.”


The bike lock is heavy duty and comes with a clamp for securing it to the bike when you are out for a ride. The ease of use is terrific and the added security is great if she is out riding and makes a stop somewhere along the way.

The bike lock has an MSRP of $14.99 but is currently available from the company for just $12.90.

Setting a new combination is simple and instructions come with the locks or are available directly from the company website.


Following these instructions I quickly changed the combination on the luggage lock from TRIP to GEEK… oops… I need to go back and change it again.

I love the ease with which combinations can be changed and appreciate the ease with which I can now remember how to unlock things when the time comes.

Wordlock locks are available in a number of different styles and many different colors. Prices range from $6.99 to $19.49. For selection and prices visit the company website.

What I Like-

Available in a variety of colors and styles, nicely priced, easy to use, hard to forget combinations when you get to choose the word

What Needs Improvement-

I tried to use the word GEAR on the luggage lock but the combination wasn’t available… so I had to settle on GEEK.

4 Responses to " Wordlock Locks- Choose Your Word, Secure Your Stuff – Review "

  1. dbmurray says:

    Sure, there are 10,000 combinations, but how many of those spell actual words?

    It would be considerably easier for a thief to crack this lock vs. an ordinary lock with four sets of numerals, since the whole point is to set it to a specific word rather than to a random sequence. If all the unlikely combinations that don’t spell anything are immediately thrown out, the thief can just play Scrabble with the lock for a while and perhaps get lucky.

  2. Giant Gizmo says:

    Wordlock Locks- Choose Your Word, Secure Your Stuff – Review

  3. dckiwi says:

    A brute force attack would be pretty tedious though… There are a lot of 4-letter words out there. I guess as long as the passcode wasn’t “shed” it should be OK.

    Ideally it should let you use a random string – that would be significantly stronger than a numerical lock. Each character has 26 options rather than 10.

    • dckiwi says:

      Edit – just read the above regarding 10,000 options. I guess it just uses the standard numerical mechanism then. Plus based on the fact you must choose a word, yes, it is much easier to crack.

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