Jul 12, 2007

Are Your Belongings Safe Behind a Lock? Not MA related, but important.



A man's house is his castle, but is it protected?
I hate to be a Fear-monger, but I still find it funny that so many people don't know the fact that most locks just don't give them the level of security they think they do.


Here's a simple webpage on what was "formerly called the MIT lockpicking guide." http://www.capricorn.org/~akira/home/lockpick/


It's something anyone even remotely interested in lockpicking and their grandmothers have seen. Once you read it, I'm sure you might be gripped with an intense feeling of paranoia and whatnot... I'd like to tell you that it's unwarranted, but it kind of is. Want to lose sleep? Look at this Dutch NOVA clip on bump keys: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CiUh_BjIsUg


Basically, the rule of thumb is, a lock by itself isn't worth a damn these days unless it has some real security features. If you're looking for new locks, I'd recommend reading around, looking for "bump, drill, and pick proof." Unfortunately, they most likely aren't truly any of those things, thanks to inherent imperfect machining, but those types of locks usually will give even experienced lockpickers and bumpers a bit of trouble. So, find reviews, and don't go buying uninformed.


Don't believe me? Let's start with the simplest:
A Master (respectable brand) Padlock with "pick proof" design. What they mean by pick proof in this case is a cylinder that won't allow picking if it's moving. That is easily overcome by tilting the lock and pushing on the tension wrench with slightly harder force, and with a simple rake with a pick, the easiest thing to learn for a beginner.



Let me assure you, I am not an experienced picker at all. Whatever I've learned, it was over the course of a few days, and yet, I could very well sneak my way into a public locker room, and steal everything there. You use a combination padlock, you say? Even easier- look at this guide on how to make a padlock shim: http://www.instructables.com/id/E3RGSYZ641EQHOASFH/


And....


Here I am opening a 5 pin tumbler lock 3 different times and different methods. The one used is the type found on any given locked door, inexpensive, but it's not any less secure than your average lock.



Hope I didn't scare you too much.


-y

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