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  • Paperback: 294 pages
  • Publisher: Syngress; 2 edition (24 Sept. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597499897
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597499897
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 1.8 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 117,369 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Review

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

About the Author

Deviant Ollam's first and strongest love has always been teaching. A graduate of the New Jersey Institute of Technology's Science, Technology, and Society program, he is always fascinated by the interplay that connects human values and social trends to developments in the technical world. While earning his BS degree at NJIT, Deviant also completed the History degree program federated between that institution and Rutgers University. While paying the bills as a security auditor and penetration testing consultant with The CORE Group, Deviant is also a member of the Board of Directors of the U.S. division of TOOOL, The Open Organisation Of Lockpickers. Every year at DEFCON and ShmooCon, Deviant runs the Lockpick Village, and he has conducted physical security training sessions at Black Hat, DeepSec, ToorCon, HackCon, ShakaCon, HackInTheBox, CanSecWest, ekoparty, and the United States Military Academy at West Point. His favorite Amendments to the U.S. Constitution are, in no particular order, the 1st, 2nd, 9th, and 10th.


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seems to be full of information which being new to lock picking is way ahead from other books on the subject diagram and pictures very good.

But like other review what has happened to the DVD ? I have contacted Amazon to find out what has happened to DVD.

Update there is no DVD with book. There is a web site on the back of the book with information, Having now done the exercises in the book it just getting better increased to 5 stars
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In the small lockpicking word, you'll ever only need 2 books : the ones from Deviant Ollam. They are very clear to understand, you can feel the writer's passion, and you'll be much more aware at the lack of basic security of the very majority of all doors (including yours, rigght now). Top buy.
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This is a very well illustrated and written book, I couldn't find fault with it...as far as it goes. It contains massive detail on tumbler/pin and wafer locks. However please note that this book seems to have been written for the U.S. market and has NO information on mortice locks/lever locks. To quote: "A handful of other designs (of lock) are prevalent in certain international regions. Lever locks, for example, are an older design originating in the 17th century with keys that tend to be larger and their operation more cumbersome than more recent designs. These are a common sight in Europe, central Asia and parts of South America." That's it for lever locks.

To summarise, a superb book for pin and wafer locks, but no use for lever locks.
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I am still reading through it very carefully - mostly happy with the book as its very detailed in the intricacies with lock picking and especially the practical aspects. I am still a newbie and struggling. Lots of youtube videos give you the big picture and main key points in lock picking -- but this book really takes it deep and hopefully I will be able to get to be proficient at some point. Highly highly recommend this book.
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Brilliant book that Gave me a much more in depth understanding of lock picking and the mechanics of locks. The information is well presented, immersive and easy to understand, with plenty of diagrams were needed. Everyone can benefit from reading this book
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This has to be THE best book on the subject I have have ever come across. The author's writing style is exceptionally clear and the images presented are designed in such a way that you instantly grasp the meaning.

The simple exercises do enable you, with a bit of practice to really improve skills such as single picking.
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By Lingus on 3 Mar. 2014
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Flick through the boring first 10 pages to get to the meat of the book, very well illustrated, clear and concise - a perfect introduction to lock mechanisms and picking techniques.
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good book well put wrote nice pics it wont be long before I am good enough to nick next doors new BMW .......... I .must remember just to practice on my own locks.
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