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Very Insecure - Opens in seconds without a tool,
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This review is from: Master Lock 4688D TSA Accepted Cable Luggage Lock in Assorte (Tools & Home Improvement)This lock can be opened in seconds by anyone without a tool. Find some good light and take a look in the crack above the numbers. Spin the dial until you see a notch on the silver bar in the crack. Line each one up with the dots and there you go. I don't expect a lock like this to be extremely good, but this is just ridiculous. Unfortunately I leave on a very long trip tomorrow and don't have time to find something different.
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Initial post: Dec 19, 2011 10:49:58 AM PST
I just tried your suggestion on a lock for which we lost the combination. I was able to easily pick it and open it so I could reset the combination. This is definitely a significant flaw in the design of an otherwise very nice lock.
Posted on Mar 15, 2012 12:08:34 PM PDT
M. Libera says:
Let me also add that this method of opening the lock worked for me. I told someone about this flaw, gave them the lock without telling them the combo, and they opened it inside of a minute. Yikes.
Posted on Mar 21, 2012 2:03:05 AM PDT
Number locks are very unreliable! Even there isn't a crack, you can pull hard on the U shape bar or cable. Then keep the pressure and spin each wheel slowly until you hear and most likely feel a "pop" on the bar or cable. Work your way to the last wheel. If you are doing it right, the lock will open in the matter of seconds! I'm that kind of guy that always forget my combination so I have to crack it constantly so I know it works! Try to avoid using any type of combination lock, they are the easiest to crack compare to old school locks with a key.
Posted on Jun 26, 2012 1:17:40 AM PDT
Locks only keep the honest person honest. Thieves are opportunists, they will not work for it if they don't have to and more people don't lock their bags than those that do. It would be easier to cut open a fabric bag and dump the contents into their own bag than try and go through a lock. No different than someone walking through an open door instead of climbing into the 2nd story window. ANY TSA employee with the set of keys for ALL TSA APPROVED locks can open your locks regardless. You might want to look up the minimum requirements for TSA employees holding the keys before you get to concerned about your TSA Approved locks:)
You people realize any keyed padlock (including the most well known brand) can be opened just as easily. It actually takes less time to open a padlock than it would to look through the gaps on this combination lock. These aren't $200 puck locks or even grade 8 locks.
Posted on Aug 20, 2012 7:43:55 AM PDT
Stick Figure Mural says:
Question: If you discovered this "trick" a day before you have to use the lock, why did you post step-by-step instructions on how to do it, BEFORE your trip? Sure, a few comments have noted that they knew about this, but maybe you should have waited until you got back home before teaching the world how to break into your bag!
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 20, 2012 8:37:55 AM PDT
I'm sure thieves are just sitting on Amazon waiting for descriptions on how to open a lock...
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 18, 2012 2:33:26 PM PDT
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Posted on Apr 27, 2013 7:30:51 PM PDT
Michael Rocsko says:
THe point is not to have a lock which is uber strong, but to deter and to give you an idea if someone broke into your baggage. What do you think these locks are holding??? The zipper! So the zipper should be as strong as the lock then?
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 27, 2013 7:32:21 PM PDT
The point is to not have a lock where you can look inside and open it in 5 seconds.
Posted on Aug 7, 2013 2:15:03 PM PDT
This is trait common to all locks of this type. If you want something more robust, then use something with a key. That said, I only use this trick if I want to keep the lock (eg, when I've forgotten the combo on one of my locks). If I don't care about the lock I just use small bolt cutter.