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Product Details

  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Syngress; 2 edition (October 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597499897
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597499897
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7.8 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,178 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Winner of the Best Book Bejtlich Read in 2010--

"Practical Lock Picking (PLP) is an awesome book. I don't provide physical testing services, but as a security professional familiar with Deviant's reputation I was curious to read PLP. Not only is PLP an incredible resource, it should also serve as a model text for others who want to write a good book. First, although the book is less than 250 pages, it is very reasonably priced. Second, Deviant wastes NO space. There is no filler material, background found in other readily available texts, reprinted Web site content, etc. Third, the writing is exceptionally clear and methodical, with extreme attention to detail and a master's approach to educating the reader. Finally, the diagrams, pictures, and figures are superb."--Richard Bejtlich, TaoSecurity "No matter what your background is, if you want a new and fascinating insight into this world, I don't think any book will give you a better introduction to this field than this one."--Barry Wels, Founder and President, The open Organisation Of Lockpickers "You have exhausted your budgets on the myriad of high tech cyber threats and finally have time to take a breath. Just as you settle in your chair to review the dashboard which shows the fruits of your tireless effort, an alert hits your phone. The voice on the phone cries out 'The servers are GONE!' This book will show you what happens when attackers decide to 'get physical."--Chris Nickerson, Lares Consulting "The clear explanation and plentiful diagrams leave the reader with a clear idea of how lock mechanisms work, and the practice exercises that follow build on this knowledge to allow the reader to quickly progress before moving on to the simpler techniques, shimming and bumping...Overall the book does much to dispel the myth that lock-picking is an arcane, difficult art and puts the reader in a position to carry out more effective physical security reviews...In summary this is an excellent practical introduction to the subject and the publishers are to be congratulated for producing another good niche penetration testing book."--Nick Dunn, BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT "Deviant's material is presented with rich, detailed diagrams and is offered in easy-to-follow lessons which allow even beginners to acquire the knowledge very quickly. Everything from straightforward lockpicking to quick-entry techniques like shimming, bumping, and bypassing is explained and show. Whether you're being hired to penetrate security or simply trying to harden your own defenses, this book is essential."--The Journal of Law Enforcement "While reading this book, it will be difficult for you to sit calmly and go through it, you will be tempted to look for the locks around your house and start tinkering with it.. What makes this book easy to understand are the clear cut diagrams showing the internal design of locks. You will hardly find a page in this book without those design pictures and all of these are precise engineering-diagram types - not just some random lock pictures. It is very clear that author has taken great efforts to get those pictures right and this is what gives this book 5 star rank!"--SecurityXploded Blog "There is a well known member of the locksport community called Deviant Ollam He has released a book on lockpicking and penetration testing of locks. Practical Lock Picking: A Physical Penetration Tester's Training Guide [Paperback] This man is an excellent teacher and has given many lectures on locks and picking."--Lockpicking.com "This is a fantastic book that I highly recommend if you have any interest in physical security. It's a great reference and guide book for getting started with lock picking, learning how locks work, and really motivates you to want to get your hands dirty trying out the techniques covered in the book."--Dark Readings Evil Bytes Blog "Great book for the beginner or an old pro. Been reading lock picking books for 35 years and this is one of the best... Deviant Ollam, one of the security industry's best-known lock picking teachers, has assembled an instructional manual geared specifically toward penetration testers. Unlike other texts on the subject (which tend to be either massive volumes detailing every conceivable style of lock or brief "spy manuals" that only skim the surface) this book is for INFOSEC professionals that need essential, core knowledge of lock picking and seek the ability to open most locks with relative ease."--e2e Security website "Be sure to check out his book as well: Practical Lock Picking: A Physical Penetration Tester's Training Guide. The book, published this past July by Syngress, comes with a DVD 'filled with indispensible lock picking videos and color photos.'"--The Ethical Hacker website "Practical Lock Picking is an awesome book. Not only is PLP an incredible resource, it should also serve as a model text for others who want to write a good book. There is no filler material. the writing is exceptionally clear and methodical with extreme attention to detail and a master's approach to educating the reader. The diagrams, pictures, and figures are superb. Overall, this book is helpful for those wishing to pick locks AND those who want to know how to write a good book."--TaoSecurity blog ".for those that have locksmithing in their blood, or want to get greater insights, the book will be a great resource that will help them get there."--Slashdot.com and RSA Conference, December 2012

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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 includes a new chapter on user re-keyable locks, as well as new information pertaining to practice picking of beginner locks, discussion of new types of jiggler tools, coverage of many new tubular lock picking tools, as well as advice on bypassing equipment.


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This book is very detailed with excellent illustrations.
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I do a lot of lock picking at work and this book opened me up to the world of jiggle keys and Bogota picks.
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I would recommend this to anyone new to security penetration testing.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Deputy on January 4, 2014
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Ar first I thought this book was mainly aimed at novice lockpickers. The author made some recommendations that seemed like they were aimed at helping the user spend money wisely. Then came the section on tubular lock picking and it went off the rails. The first style of lockpicks were very basic and quite affordable as well as being effective. Then the author went on to endorse a lock-picking tool that cost well over $400 and that required different "tips" at $50 each. This tool was HUGE and awkward to use unless you were in a lock shop or at home on a workbench. Totally impractical for field use. The name of the tool is the "Peterson Pro-1 Tubular Lockpick" by Peterson Manufacturing. They have a website and you can view the lockpick and it's accessories there.

What the author totally ignored was the Deluxe ACE Tubular Lockpick. This item is sold in many stores and you can see it being used in the excellent video "Lock Picking for the New Millenium". It cost much less at around $270 and no additional parts are necessary. It's easier to use and is much more compact. Perfect for both the novice and the pro.
There were other recommendations that I have found to be not that good, especially when it came to individual picks. The book is easy enough to read, but I would be careful about taking it's recommendations. Makes me wonder if the author is getting some kind of kickback from certain lockpick tool makers.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By L. Smale on March 17, 2013
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First, this book is amazingly well written. It could be used as a shining example of how to structure a technical book.
Second, it shows you how crummy the security of some locks are, points out good brands, and gives you an idea of how much a good lock costs, and why. Worth my while to read to help me understand how secure my locks are.
Does not give you the ability to pick good locks, which is a good thing to me.
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Ben Rothke on December 5, 2012
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It is well known that the password, while the most widespread information security mechanism, is also one of the most insecure. It comes down to the fact that the average person can't create and maintain secure passwords.

When it comes to physical locks, the average lock on your home and in your office is equally insecure. How insecure it in? In a fascinating book on the topic, Deviant Ollam writes in Practical Lock Picking, Second Edition: A Physical Penetration Tester's Training Guide that it is really not that difficult.

When it comes to information security penetration tests done on the client site, the testers will most often have permission to be inside the facility. On rare occasions, the testers need to find alternative means to gain entrance. Sometimes that means picking the locks.

All of the information in the books is long known to professional locksmiths. For those whose responsibilities include physical security, it is hoped that they are at least at the level of the locksmiths, and have designed their physical security plant accordingly.

In Practical Lock Picking, Second Edition: A Physical Penetration Tester's Training Guide, Deviant Ollam shares his passion for lock picking, which is manifest throughout the books.

Ollam is a member of The Open Organisation Of Lockpickers (TOOOL), a group whose goal is to advance the general public knowledge about locks and lock picking. TOOLS mantra is that the more that people know about lock technology, the better they are capable of understanding how and where certain weaknesses are present. This makes them well-equipped to participate in sport picking endeavors and also helps them simply be better consumers in the marketplace, making decisions based on sound fact and research.
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23 of 32 people found the following review helpful By V S on January 22, 2013
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I have to say this is nothing but a slick re-cover of everything Dev has already done. Even the story on his parents iron.

YES, its extremely valuable material.

YES, you WILL be missing out on everything and learn the wrong way if you dont read this author's teachings.

I just HAVE to take off 1.5 to 2 stars because its a very expensive "reprint" of sorts.

There is some material I havent seen before. It's probably worth it for that alone, but I just cant get myself to validate the release price for a softcover book despite it matching up nice with all my other softcover books from this publisher.

If you DO have all of Dev's books already, you might as well get this one if you like collecting books (like I do) but you wont be getting your moneys worth.

I'm an ass for giving 3 stars AND saying "If this is your only book on lockpicking, this is it", but really, this is it. Most others are bunk OR are so vague with crummy pictures, you arent learning anything. I've learned MORE from the author in under an hour of reading (and a few minutes at our table in the Lockpick Village at DEFCON 19) than I have in my ENTIRE Foley-Belsaw locksmithing course I tool in the late 80s.

He isnt a shady character like Schuyler Towne (never delivered on his crowdsourcing lockpick set despite overfunding), he is quite a remarkable guy with an interesting personality; his voice ALONE burns his teachings in your brain. If you ever get a chance to see him at a hacker con, DO IT. Prepare to drink alcohol as well. He's enjoying this, and so will you.
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