A Lesson About Safe Storage Devices

So I have seen this before but I figure it’s a nice refresher.

Note the results, still think those little boxes you see will keep your property safe?  Especially those quick access boxes some end up buying when they’re stuck in one of those states lacking in freedom and pushing tyranny.  Still think the arguments are really about your safety or preventing theft?

If you think curious kids can’t figure out how to pick a lock, you obviously never saw me as a child.  I figured out how to pick locks at first just with paper clips.  Making my own tension fork and rake to pop simple locks.  Eventually I got my hands on a real set.  Yeah, beyond a real safe and educating your children, you’re not going to do much other than increase curiosity.

So consider this a public service announcement and a warning.  If you’re using any of these items, be damn sure of their capabilities and weaknesses.  In so doing, be sure to use them in a manner consistent with their abilities.  I happen to fully agree with the presenters final conclusions.

Barron is the owner, editor, and principal author at The Minuteman, a competitive shooter, and staff member for Boomershoot. Even in his free time he’s merging his love and knowledge of computers and technology with his love of firearms.

He has a BS in electrical engineering from Washington State University. Immediately after college he went into work on embedded software and hardware for use in critical infrastructure. This included cryptographic communications equipment as well as command and control devices that were using that communications equipment. Since then he’s worked on just about everything ranging from toys, phones, other critical infrastructure, and even desktop applications. Doing everything from hardware system design, to software architecture, to actually writing software that makes your athletic band do it’s thing.

About Barron Barnett

Barron is the owner, editor, and principal author at The Minuteman, a competitive shooter, and staff member for Boomershoot. Even in his free time he’s merging his love and knowledge of computers and technology with his love of firearms. He has a BS in electrical engineering from Washington State University. Immediately after college he went into work on embedded software and hardware for use in critical infrastructure. This included cryptographic communications equipment as well as command and control devices that were using that communications equipment. Since then he’s worked on just about everything ranging from toys, phones, other critical infrastructure, and even desktop applications. Doing everything from hardware system design, to software architecture, to actually writing software that makes your athletic band do it’s thing.
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7 Responses to A Lesson About Safe Storage Devices

  1. AGirl says:

    Very interesting.

  2. Lyle says:

    Nice.

  3. David W. says:

    I never got practice picking safes when I was a kid. Mainly because the only safes we had were Dads and it was deeply in the DO NOT TOUCH OR ELSE list that I was afraid if I tripped and fell on one I would be kicked out of the house. I’m 21 now and I still don’t know what’s in them.

    I did get decent practice with doors though. My mom dropped me off early in Junior High and a janitor let me into the building, but all the classrooms were locked so I would just open my home room’s door with a gift card from mcdonalds and unlock it for my teacher who would show up 10-15 minutes later. It was public school so obviously one of the few things I learned was how to open locked doors. Though it has come in handy when I got older like the time I accidentally locked myself out of the house and the one time my Grandmother didn’t answer the door when me and my dad went to visit her.

    • Barron says:

      Heh, I’m not the only one who received a significant portion of his education regarding locks and how to defeat them from public schools.

      All my buddies in the IT department had lock pick kits. We’d get reamed for not fixing a computer, they wouldn’t give us keys, and often teachers would call in a service request and leave locking the room. We eventually resorted to breaking into the room so we wouldn’t get chewed out. We got very good and very quick about it since it was a whole new problem if we were caught.

      Ahh memories.

  4. Old NFO says:

    Good review is right, and it IS amazing how ‘unsecure’ they really are.

  5. Jake says:

    Honestly, I’ve always considered any kind of lock that most in the middle class would consider “reasonably” priced to be nothing more than a more emphatic “keep out” sign. It will keep away the slightly-more-than-casually curious, people who don’t respect signs, and the common opportunistic thieves, but anyone who really wants to will be able to defeat it without too much trouble. Stopping someone who is determined takes real money and/or effort. Stopping the truly determined is nearly impossible.

    • Barron says:

      Actually the biggest thing about good looks is they don’t find you, you find them. Any lock can be defeated, all different layers of security do is buy time. Time to either respond or discover the threat. Realize this fact and understand it, because as you said, stopping the truly determined is nearly impossible.