Locksmiths Pissed Off At Geeks For Letting Out The Secret: Lockpicking Is Easy

from the without-the-internet,-we'd-all-be-safe dept

As I've mentioned before, back in high school, I had an art teacher who taught me both how to pick locks and how to make lockpicks (it was a fun class). Since then I've always been fascinated by the whole process of picking locks, though I haven't kept up with the field or even picked a lock in years. However, there is a huge community of folks online -- many coming from the tech/hacker community -- who spend a lot of time exploring lockpicking, and talking about it in great detail online. And, as Gizmodo notes, this is pissing off some locksmiths. What's not stated overtly is the obvious reason, and it's the same for any professional system that requires "certification." It's rarely about making sure people are good enough, but has everything to do with limiting the competition to keep fees high. The locksmiths aren't really so worried about criminals learning how to pick locks online (even though some claim that). They're worried that people won't need to call locksmiths anymore when they get locked out of their homes. On top of that, the lock companies hate to admit that their locks are pickable (they are), and so they hit back at those who prove it, just as software companies hate to admit that their software has vulnerabilities. Over time, perhaps locksmiths and lock companies will recognize that an enthusiastic hobby community that helps make sure locks are more secure can only be a good thing.

Filed Under: geeks, hacking, lockpicking, locksmiths


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    trey, 13 May 2016 @ 1:18am

    lockpicking being easy

    i doubt more than 1 locksmith even cares about other people taking up the hobby. i dont care who you are or how you started, your not going to pick up a couple pieces of metal and be able to pick a deadbolt or the locks on your newish car. its easy to start learning, i recently just started myself and can do quite a few different padlocks, but its hard to master and not everyone will have the specialty tools when they need them for the more complex locks. it also boils down to practice, and most teens and people in their early 20s are very likely to give up once they realize its a challenge, but they arent likely to admit it. instead they come here and talk about how skilled at lockpicking they are, even though that practice deadbolt they paid 50 bux for is still sitting in its half open box next to a pile of high quality picks that have only ever been looked at.

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