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The Security Screw Problem

The security screw problem is not with the security screws, it is with the tamper-proof driver bits. There are millions of tamper-resistant driver bits placed in circulation by retailers and wholesalers which make tamper-resistant screws ineffective for most security applications. Almost every security screw made is vulnerable and can no longer be considered a vandal-proof fastener.

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This was not always the case. Once upon a time the driver bits were made by one American manufacturer, making them scarce and very hard to get. Traditional security screws got the name "tamper-proof" because they were tamper-proof. As tamper-proof screws became more popular, more bit manufacturers added security bits to their line. Once the patents expired, these security bits could be sold retail.

Security screws soon lost their legal ability to use the word "tamper-proof" or "vandal-proof" because the screws were only tamper-resistant due to the market being flooded with bits. The proliferation of the tamper-proof bits has degraded traditional security screws. Bit manufacturing moved offshore beginning 15 years ago (there are almost no American manufacturers now). Tamper-proof bit manufacturing exploded and most every security bit began showing up in retail stores, often in kits. Tamper-proof screws and vandal-proof screws degenerated to being "tamper-resistant" and "vandal-resistant". 

Today any thief can get security bits easily, at a very reasonable price. This is the security screw problem. Most security screws are not secure! Bryce Fastener has been working on security solutions for the last 11 years it is not afraid to sound the alarm: If you use traditional security screws you have a security problem!

Alarming Stories

Because Bryce Fastener has been a security screw specialist for 25 years, we've been exposed to alarming stories where security screws have been compromised.

Below are a few examples;

  • Prisoners were hiding drugs and knives behind wall plates. They had the security bits and the guards did not. Bryce Fastener sold security bits to the prison and now the guards have the bits and the prisoners do not.
  • $20,000.00 worth of digital light projectors we're stolen over a long weekend from a university. The projectors were secured with traditional security screws. Bryce supplied Key-Rex® screws and no thefts have occurred in the last 7 years.
  • Stereos secured with traditional security screws were taken from a retail store. The store sold the same security bits they used to secure their stereos with. All the theives had to do was steal the bits, unfasten the stereos and make their heist. Our high security screws were experimented with and finally used throughout the whole chain.
  • $40,000.00 worth of computers were stolen from a hospital and important patient data was lost. Key-Rex® was implemented to halt future loss.
  • White Sands nuclear facility was losing secretsOur security screws now secure it.
  • A cable TV company in South America began with a 2,000 piece screw order from us 8 years ago to secure problem boces placed on public sidewalks. They have ordered over 2,000,000 screws since for additional usages.
  • Government license plates came up missing in Michigan after 9/11. Due to budget constraints, the government did not implement Key-Rex® and the thefts continue.
  • A lottery company found out thier slot machines had been compromised after a number of extra large payouts. Our security screws have prevented no further compromises. 
  • ATM machines secured with standard security screws were taken. Our screws now secure them with no reported breaches since.
  • One of the biggest internet companies ordered our products before they went public. They continue to order Bryce Fastener's.

The alarm is as big as the risk. When someone can walk into a small town hardware store and buy security bits, tamper-proof screw users should be alarmed.

Problem Security Screws

The following are a list of the problem security screws. A tamper-proof screwdriver kit purchased in a popular retail hardware store in America included these security bits: Torx®-Pin, Six-Lobe-Pin, Hex-Pin, Allen®-Pin, Drilled Spanner and Triwing®. Other kits contained a Phillps®-Pin. One contractor supply kit had a Square-Drive bit with a hole. One-Way removal tools are also available. If you are using any of these styles of tamper-resistant screws, be aware that they have limited security. If your application requires higher security, Bryce Fastener's security screws are your best line of defense.

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