Not that long ago, a very common bike lock was rendered ridiculously insecure when it was revealed on the internet that a cheap plastic pen and some twisting skills were all that were needed to open the lock without a key. Lock picking has been around for centuries with some locks being easier to crack than others, making some people distrust various lock-makers or distrust certain lock-pickers. Whoever the “bad guy” is, keeping things secret and safe has been a challenge and will continue to be one. Here are just a few more examples of locks and insecure locks.
- Some (perhaps your?) Master Lock branded padlocks can be cracked in 8 tries or less. Thieves don’t need a soda can shim — anymore to break into these locks, and hopefully you don’t keep anything really valuable behind a combination padlock. [url]
- The XPUZMAG lock is an unconventional device with a huge key that uses 6 pins to insert into its lock faceplate with 23 holes. It’s not the most convenient key to carry around, but if you’d like to foil the casual lockpickers in your neighborhood, this lock would probably do the trick. [url]
- Alfred Charles Hobbs was an American locksmith who picked the Chubb detector lock in 1851. Before Hobbs demonstrated his lock picking skills, there was about a 70-year period of time when locks were considered to be pretty much perfect security, but after the 1850s, “perfect security” has been merely an illusion. [url]
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