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How To Pick a Lock Using Nothing But Hairpins

You can learn the basics of lock picking from a GIF, but for a more nuanced look at the techniques required to actually get a lock open without the key, check out NightHawkInLight's latest tutorial where he uses nothing but a pair of strategically bent hairpins in the process. Read More >>

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An Ultra-Compact Cable Lock To Protect Everything Else You Own

When you're going about your day, it's not always just your bicycle that needs to be occasionally locked up. If you were studying at the library and came back from the bathroom to find your backpack missing, you'd be just as upset. So while incredibly compact Safe+ Microlock probably isn't ideal for your bike, it should be more than adequate for everything else. Read More >>

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This Amazing Parrot Can Actually Pick a Lock

Pirates usually come to mind rather than master thieves when we're talking parrots, but this clever bird could break into your house. It's capable of figuring out how a lock works to then pick it -- no human intervention needed. Read More >>

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A Dog Owner Rigged His Door So That It Unlocks With a Bark

For everyone in the world whose heart has not blackened and shriveled beyond repair, nothing boosts your mood quite like a new family addition in the form of a dog. That is, until you have to wake up at the crack of dawn to let that needy, opposable-thumbless mutt out. But new dog owner and Raspberry Pi enthusiast David Hunt has rigged himself up a highly creative solution: a door that automatically unlocks at your dog's bark—or as he's dubbed it, Pi-Rex. Read More >>

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Watch a Genius Two-Year-Old Use Nail Clippers to Pick a Lock and Steal His Sister's Toys

Here is the most adorable theft ever. A two-year-old toddler figured out how to use nail clippers to pick the lock on his eight-year-old sister's door so that he could steal a stuffed animal at night. His parents set up a baby camera to see the incredible "crime" go down. Read More >>

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Hacked Keycard System Brings String of Hotel Break-Ins

Earlier this year a team of researchers announced that it was possible to hack the keycard systems used in millions of hotel rooms using £40 worth of parts. Now a recent spate of hotel break-ins is being attributed to the attack. Read More >>

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How a Secret Sequence of Doorbell Buzzes Can Unlock Your Home With

If you're tired of digging out your house keys when you get home, take a look at this brilliant workaround by Piet De Vaere. He hacked his doorbell to listen for a secret sequence of button presses that automatically unlocked the gate in front of his house. As long as you've got a great memory, you can shed a few of the keys in your pocket. Read More >>

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How To Break into Your Own House

You don't fool around with home security. The front door locks automatically when you leave. And there's no way you'd be a big enough sucker to hide a spare key beneath the welcome mat. But what will you do if you lock yourself out? Smash your own window? Not a chance. Read More >>

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Millions of Hotel Room Locks Have a Glaring Security Flaw That Won't Get Fixed

With less than £50 worth of parts and only a few seconds, millions of hotel room keycard locks around the world can be hacked and unlocked by robbers-cum-hackers trying to break into your room. The good news? The security flaw can be fixed. The bad news? No one wants to pay to fix them. Read More >>

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Unlocking the Master Lock dialSpeed Is Like Playing a Video Game

This Master Lock dialSpeed ditches the old combination wheels of yore and flimsy directional joysticks of two years ago for something more techy: an electronic directional interface that's more like a d-pad than a lock. You can customise the code, create multiple unlock codes and if you've forgotten 'em all, use a master code. Read More >>

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Unlock Doors With Whatever Masonic Handshake Floats Your Boat

Who needs a key when you've got your hands? That's what boffins from the Technology and Science Institute of Northern Taiwan thought, which lead to gesture-based locks. Read More >>

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