Keep It Safe

As far as we’re concerned, life is already too full of numbers we’re forced to memorize.

A PIN to withdraw money from the ATM. A combination to get into the locker at the gym. The number we have to punch into our cell phone to retrieve voice mail.

The people at Master Lock must have sensed our growing frustration with this number-centric universe. Thanks to them, we now can include a few words on our mental list of access codes we’d better not forget.

Word Lock is a padlock that can be set to open with any combination of letters, numbers and characters — exclamation marks, ampersands and hyphens, for instance — enabling you to create personalized pass codes you won’t forget (“GYM!”)

For the aesthetically conscious, Word Lock comes in red, blue, green and orange.

It’s available for $8.97 at Lowe’s Home Improvement stores.

Story by John Przybys. What’s New is a weekly column about new products on the market.

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