Practical Lock Picking, 2nd Edition
A Physical Penetration Tester's Training Guide
By Deviant Ollam
Publisher: Elsevier / Syngress
Final Release Date: November 2012
Pages: 296

Practical Lock Picking, 2nd Edition is presented with rich, detailed full-color diagrams and includes easy-to-follow lessons that allow even beginners to acquire the knowledge they need quickly. Everything from straightforward lock picking to quick-entry techniques like shimming, bumping, and bypassing are explained and illustrated. Whether you're being hired to penetrate security or simply trying to harden your own defenses, this book is essential. This edition has been updated to reflect the changing landscape of tools and tactics which have emerged in recent years



  • Detailed full-color¬†photos make learning as easy as picking a lock
  • Companion website¬†is filled with indispensible lock picking videos
  • Extensive appendix details tools and toolkits currently available for all your lock picking needs
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4.0

Think again about physical security

By Doc Sneaky

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  • Well-written

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      Comments about oreilly Practical Lock Picking, 2nd Edition:

      Although I may never try out the techniques described in this fascinating book, knowing just how easily they may be applied by a practised person may force you to rethink how you secure physical stuff.
      Well illustrated and clearly written, this book offers a good introduction to circumventing locks.

       
      4.0

      Great Guide for Beginners

      By The Menace

      from Melbourne Australia

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      Pros

      • Accurate
      • Concise
      • Easy to understand
      • Helpful examples
      • Well-written

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        Comments about oreilly Practical Lock Picking, 2nd Edition:

        Great book with Pictures and well written examples.
        Such a difficult topic where the skill requires finesse, however, Deviant manages to explain in simple terms how to pick the locks.
        Deviant also provides recommendations for tools.
        Now resting in my reference library, I have gone out and purchased a Pick Kit and some locks to learn on.

         
        5.0

        Good starter

        By AEN

        from Western Australia

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          Comments about oreilly Practical Lock Picking, 2nd Edition:

          This book is a great starter for beginners. It gives a good grounding in lock operation and lock picking.

           
          4.0

          This is the book I've been looking for

          By Steve

          from Portland, OR

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          Pros

          • Easy to understand
          • Helpful examples

          Cons

          • Not comprehensive enough

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          Comments about oreilly Practical Lock Picking, 2nd Edition:

          I was recently gifted a nice progressive lock set for picking practice. It came with a book so I supposedly had all I needed to get started. Wrong! The book didn't align at all with the set, and there was really no info about what the various picks that came with it were used for.

          This book answered those questions. I can't quite give it 5 stars because some significant questions remain. What angle should I use with the feeler pick? How should I hold it? Palm up? Palm down? Even what does my right vs. left hand do was merely implied by the illustrations rather than described.

          Still, a far cry better than the pamphlet and well worth the purchase.

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Best Guide to Lock Picking I've Read

          By IT guy

          from Boston, MA

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          • Well-organized
          • Well-paced
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            Comments about oreilly Practical Lock Picking, 2nd Edition:

            The book is very well-written, easy to read, and comprehensive as a guide. Illustrations were succinct and sufficient to aid in understanding lock mechanisms and picking techniques covered. I have recommended this book multiple times, and have gifted it twice - perfect starter book for learning about lock picking.

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