Many believe locks = safety. Learn how they work, how they’re picked, & why security is more about deterrence.
NOTE: PLEASE PAY CAREFUL ATTENTION TO THE TWO COMMANDMENTS OF LOCKPICKING, IF YOU DECIDE TO TRY IT FOR YOURSELF.
1. NEVER PICK A LOCK YOU DON’T OWN WITHOUT EXPLICIT PERMISSION.
2. NEVER PICK A LOCK YOU RELY ON.
Also, the mechanism described here is a pin tumbler lock; there are a variety of locking mechanisms, but this is by far the most common. (Thanks to hbk from Reddit.)
-Links for the Curious-
A fantastic illustration of the picking method – www.youtube.com/watch?v=v9hhBJHfwJE
Pablos Holman’s TED lecture about hackers & problem-solving – www.youtube.com/watch?v=hqKafI7Amd8
An online supplier of lockpicking supplies (warning: laws vary by state) – www.lockpickshop.com/
A master picker absolutely wrecking some high-security locks – www.youtube.com/watch?v=fhF-m3CO0yQ