2:00 AM

Secrets of lockpicking

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INTRODUCTION


The ancient Egyptians were the first to come up with
a complicated security device. This was the pin tumbler
lock. We use the same security principle today on millions
of applications.

The most commonly used lock today is the pin tumbler
lock. A series of pins that are divided at certain points
must be raised to these dividing points in relationship to
the separation between the cylinder wall and the shell of
the lock by a key cut for that particular series of pin divi-
sions. Thus the cylinder can be turned, and the mechanism
or lock is unlocked.

Lock picking means to open a lock by use of a flat piece
of steel called a pick. Actually, the process requires two
pieces of flat steel to open cylinder locks. It amuses me
to watch spies and thieves on TV picking locks using only
one tool. But it is for the better in a sense. If everyone
learned how to pick locks by watching TV, we would all
be at the mercy of anyone who wanted to steal from us,
and the cylinder lock for the most part would be outdated.

The actual definition of lock picking should be: "The
manipulation and opening of any restrictive mechanical
or electronic device by usage of tools other than the
implied instrument (key or code) used solely for that
device." A little lengthy, but more accurate description.
With cylinder locks, it requires a pick and a tension
wrench.

By picking the lock, you simply replace the function
of a key with a pick that raises the pins to their "break-
ing point," and using a tension wrench one rotates the
cylinder to operate the cam at the rear of the lock's cylinder
to unlock the mechanism.

(See Fig-01.GIF)


The tension wrench is used to apply tension to the
cylinder of the lock to cause a slight binding action on
the pins as well as to turn the cylinder after the pins have
been aligned by the pick; this opens the lock. The slight
binding action on the pins caused by the tension wrench
allows one to hear and feel each pin as it "breaks" or
reaches alignment with the separation of cylinder and
shell. The vibration is felt in the knuckles and joints of
the fingers, and the sound is similar to that of a cricket
in an arm wrestling match-a subtle yet distinct click.

Usually you need very little tension with the wrench
while picking the lock. In fact, it takes somewhat of a
delicate, yet firm touch. This is the secret to picking locks
successfully-a firm and yet gentle touch on the tension
wrench. You should be able to feel the pins click into place
with the right amount of tension; experience will be your
true guide.

Half of your success will be based on your ability to
use or improvise various objects to use as tools for your
purpose. The other half will depend on practice. I once
picked a pin tumbler lock using a borrowed roach clip
and a hairpin. A dangerous fire was prevented and prob-
ably several lives were saved. The world is full of useful
objects for the purpose, so never hesitate to experiment.


i found this old book as a file on my computer, been lying there for few years,
the book published in 87, it's still has a lot of knowledg to pass, so i figured i would publish it on my blog.

hope you love it.

all rights reserved to the publisher (originally published by Paladin Press (c) 1987)
SECRETS OF LOCK PICKING - By Steven Hampton


5:45 PM

axssystems is now lineupsecurity

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hi dear readers,

axs systems, which is the leading locksmith company in new york has changed it's name
and it is now called line up security !

please visit our new web site at lineupsecurity.com

more to come !

6:25 PM

Network Access Control solutions hit snags among Fortune 1000, says TheInfoPro

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article published on: http://security.tekrati.com/research/9588/


Enterprises are deciding that Network Access Control (NAC) solutions are not yet ready for prime time, according to a study by TheInfoPro. The analysts found significant declines in the number of Fortune 1000 enterprises implementing NAC solutions, as well as delays in timelines. They also found an uptick in the number of enterprises spenidng more than $500K on NAC. Overall spending increases projected for 2008 keep NAC perched as the No. 1 network security technology.


TIP announced that results from detailed interviews with Information Security decision-makers within Fortune 1000 sized enterprises indicate that the number of organizations that have NAC solutions in use has declined 25%, from 35% of those interviewed 18 months ago to 26% today.

During this same period, the number of organizations that to do not plan to implement these solutions has risen 14%, from 21% of those interviewed 18 months ago to 24% now. Market confusion over the capabilities and differences between provider offerings has driven an increasing number of organizations to push implementation into their long-term plans, accounting for 29% of those interviewed most recently compared to only 14% 18 months ago.

Despite the decline in implementation, the number of citations from organizations spending more than $500K on NAC implementations have nearly doubled, from 12% in Wave 8, six months ago, to 22% in Wave 9.

In addition, NAC, in all of its variations, appears to have the largest net positive planned spending increases projected for 2008, keeping NAC as the #1 Network Security technology on the Information Security Technology Heat Index®, which gauges the immediacy of end user needs and then weights them against spending.

“Enterprises considering implementation of NAC technologies are struggling to both deal with complexities and the differences between Network Admission Control as it was originally conceived and subsequent Network Access Control solutions being made available from numerous suppliers,” said Bill Trussell, TIP's Managing Director of Information Security Research. “In addition, many organizations feel that NAC has not lived up to its promises and have become frustrated with the lack of ROI, causing them to significantly modify or delay their implementation plans until the networking security solution providers are able to prove that their solutions represent a more mature technology.”

With regard to NAC, the following comment from an IT pro at a Fortune 1000 Energy / Utilities company best exemplifies current sentiment captured during the TIP survey: “We had plans to deploy it, but the technology is just not ready yet. We are not sure what the specific problems are, but all I can say is that it is not ready.”

Cisco continues to dominate the list of suppliers in use and in plan for NAC, followed by Symantec, Microsoft, and Juniper. Others mentioned as in plan vendors include ForeScout, Entrust, Nortel Networks, VeriSign, InfoExpress, Check Point, Aruba Networks, McAfee, 3Com, CSC, Vernier, Tripwire, Trend Micro, StillSecure, Sourcefire, Sophos, Novell, ConSentry Networks, and Avocent.

About this study

TIP's Wave 9 Information Security Study provides continuous market data on technologies, industry opportunities, and trends in the Information Security market. Over 150 Fortune 1000 end users were interviewed for the Wave 9 Security Study, providing commentary and insight on their security adoption plans, management strategies, and vendor performance.

Information Security Technology providers that were mentioned throughout the study include: 3Com, ActivIdentity, Aladdin, AmbironTrustWave, Application Security, Inc., Atos Origin, ASPG, Attachmate, Authentix, BearingPoint, Blue Coat, Blue Ridge Networks, BMC Software, BorederWare, Breach Security, Inc, Burton Group, Cenza, Cenzic, Check Point, Credent, Cyber-Ark, CSC, EDS, eEye, Enterasys, F5 Networks, Fluke Networks, F-Secure, Fujitsu Siemens, Gemalto, GuardianEdge, Liquid Machine, Microsoft, NetApp, Neohapsis, NeoScale, Nokia, Oracle, PassGo, Passlogix, PKWARE, Proofpoint, Protegrity, Rapid7, Reconnex, Red Hat, SafeBoot, SafeNet, Sana Security, SAP, ScriptLogic, Sentillion, Siemens AG, Sophos, Tata, Third Brigade, TriCipher, Utimaco, Vanco, Verdasys, Vontu, WhiteHat Security, Wipro, and ZixCorp.

4:57 AM

welding safety

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few tips on welding safety:

Welding arc eye :

The light generated by welding is extremely bright.

Looking directly at a welding arc even for a second can cause arc eye

Even reflected light from the arc can cause arc eye under long exposure.

be sure to warn everyone around you not to stare straight into the beam, otherwise you will spend the night feeling something inside your eye, and it hurts!!!

pay attantion to pets around, as they don't know the risk involved.

Fire safety

Molten metal can spit several feet from a weld.

Grinding sparks are even worse. Any sawdust, paper or plastic bags in the area can smolder and catch fire so keep a tidy area for welding. don't take the risk!

make sure there is a fire extinguisher in your workshop. CO2 is the best type for welding.

For me, A bucket of sand or water will allways be a good idea - it could save expenses.

My extinguisher sits ready to use with the plastic tie removed. You'd be amazed how long it takes to figure out how to remove the plastic tie when you really need to. Fires spread quickly!

1:14 AM

The possibility on living on a locksmith's salary

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due to alot of friends questions , i found this article explaining everything you need to know about rates, and about locksmithing.
and, if you ask me, then yes, you can live with the salary in nyc.
but in the other hand, if you want to start a family then its another thing,
if you want to be a locksmith, you need to give up most of your time (at nights as well), so thats something to be considere.
okay okay, enough of me, to the article :



Expert: James
Date: 3/6/2003
Subject: The possibility on living on a locksmith's salary

Question
I've been interested in getting into locksmithing as a profession, and I'm curious as to your opinion, on whether there is enough to the business to support a family.
I've been interested in the field for a while now, and I often get the chance to re-key cylinders and fix broken locks at the hardware store where I work. Locks have always fascinated me, so I definately have the desire to learn and practice the trade. My concern is, in the search to learn more about becoming a locksmith, I've come across many opinions that an average locksmithing business doesn't tend to generate enough income to support a family, and live happily. I've read that it's a good thing for, say, a retiree to consider, or as someone who intends to do it as a second job.

My situation is, I'm a 23 year old who's looking to start a family some time in the near future, who doesn't have the best credit but has a little bit of savings. I have a fair amount of business experience, as my mother had a retail store and i've worked in retail my entire life. I understand the fundamentals of business and how to be sucessful that way, but my concern is with the profitablility of locksmithing as a business.

Would it be an unreasonable idea for me to start my own business and be able to support a family within a few years?

Sorry for my rambling, but I would value any input you could give. Thank you!


Answer
Jon,

That really depends. Ask yourself these questions:

1. How many people live in the area where you plan on starting the business;
2. How many Locksmith businesses are there currently in that same area;
3. What types of Locksmithing service do you plan on performing, or learning about to use in your business;
4. What is the going rates for certain services you may perform as a Locksmith;
5. What does your state/city/county require from you in order to be legally licensed and/or bonded before you can start your Locksmithing business;
6. How much do you know about servicing locks, duplicating keys, installing deadbolts and other locks (i.e. drilling doors), replacing lost car keys, opening locked vehicles, marketing and other advertising & dealing with the public in a professional manner;
7. How much time and effort are you willing to give forth to this possible business.

If the area you want to service has 100,000 or more people and there are 1 or 2 current Locksmith businesses you should be okay as far as being able to have enough business to sustain your business. If the other Locksmiths in your area only perform certain types of work, consider covering the areas of Locksmithing that they don't. Most of the time there is a need but no one to help with that need.

If you plan on servicing automobiles, be prepared. It takes a lot of training to properly service ignitions, especially with the newer PASS LOCK systems (chips in the keys). Air bags are also a problem for some people, like myself. In most areas automotive servicing can be a great place for high profit with low cost to you. Some replacement locks are quite expensive and you would have to pay for them before any customer would have a final bill so consider looking into that further.

If the going rates are near the US national rates ($30 for normal service calls - emergency unlocking and the like; $40-$50 hourly rates; $1.30-$1.75 per key copy single-sided) then you should be okay on that part. Try not to undercut your competition, stay within what they charge for services. You may find a cheaper distributor than what they use, so it's okay to offer the same products cheaper, just don't try to compete with service rates too hard. Charge what you feel you are worth and don't apologize for it to your customers. If you don't charge what you are worth you won't make it.

If your state requires licensing, you need to find out what you have to do to get one before going any further. Some cities require a license bond as well as a city license. Most generally the bond costs $100 per year and you have to pay it all up front. Shop around. Some counties also require a license. The state will also require you to apply for a reseller's tax ID number. It is inexpensive and is required if you live in the US. You should also register your business name with the Secretary of State's office in your state. Most people aren't aware but it's state law in all or most states in the US to register a ficticious name (your business name) with them. Check with other businesses and even other Locksmiths to find out what requirements you have before you can open for business.

If you have been rekeying locks you should be okay for the most part. You understand the concept of locks and how keys operate them. You most likely understand how to take most locks apart and put them back together properly. That is only a small part of Locksmithing. Most of what I know about this business I learned from just doing it. When a potential customer would call and ask if I did a certain service, even if I had never done it I would answer "yes". I would then learn as I went, carefully though as not to damage anything or make the problem worse. Most people don't know how long it usually takes to perform certain services, so if you take a little longer than you think it should, your customer will think that it's just the way it is. Just be sure to do the job right the first time and offer a free 30 day guarantee (or other amount of time) for your service. I normally guarantee the locks that I sell for that 30 day period as well so if there are any problems with them I don't charge a dime to replace a damaged lock. I then just return the damaged lock to my distributor for warranty work.

You have to be willing to give up most of your life to start any business, especially a Locksmith business. If you plan on taking calls after normal hours, be prepared to get phone calls at 3 am, especially if there are no other Locksmiths in your area that have a 24 hour service. I get most of my calls when the others are closed. That leaves me time during the day to help people like you...and to work on my site.

There are many, many more things you need to know about Locksmithing, but that could take days to type. Search the web, take a look at my site, other sites as well. You need to know how much money you will have to front, how much time you think you can recoup it, how much advertising you will have to do and how long you think you can go without a single call...I've gone 2 weeks without one and that starts to cause mental problems.

It took me 1-1/2 years to get to the point that I could run my busines full-time. I had another job during the first 1-1/2 years that helped me support my business. I started with a small yellow page ad and passed out my business cards to the businesses around me. Gave them to friends and family and it just went from there, slowly, but it went.

Good luck.

Let me know if I can be of further assistance.

James
www.jmlock.com
http://stores.jmlock.com

3:21 AM

in todays age, finding an honest locksmith is a hard job!

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notice our previous posts , all talk about unhonest locksmiths, undepandable locksmiths and how to choose one.
if you don't wanna fall into all the locksmith scams around, give us a call! we at axs systems will guide you thru the whole process, leaving you satisfied without ripping you off!

for example try to compare access control systems installations, we are the only ones publishing the lowest price of 1490$ at our web : Access Control On SALE

now, i came across this article browsing the web for locksmith related articles, that our readers should be aware of.
this one was published in komotv, at http://www.komotv.com/news/9551287.html.

Hiring a good locksmith is never cheap. But hiring a dishonest or incompetent one is always expensive.

You could end up choosing someone who charges way too much, someone who doesn't know what he's doing, or both.

Shirley Nelson was at the supermarket in July putting groceries into her car, when she accidentally locked her keys in the trunk.

She needed help, but her regular locksmith wasn't around. So she picked up a phone book, found an ad that caught her eye, and called the company.

A young man arrived and sized up the situation, but Nelson said he did not appear to be a professional.

"To me it seemed like he was hemming and hawing around," she said, and the so-called locksmith couldn't pick the lock on her car's trunk.

"So he says the only alternative is to drill the lock. So that's what he did."

The man drilled out the entire lock mechanism on Nelson's car. So until she could get the lock replaced, Nelson had to drive around with her trunk tied down with a bungee cord.

"And I have to tie in it at least three knots in it to keep it down," she said.

Nelson had used locksmiths before, so she figured the job would cost her about $75. But the man from Dependable Locks gave her a bill for $134.

It cost her another $111 to buy a new lock and have it installed by Nelson's regular, reputable locksmith.

And he said there was no reason that the lock should have been drilled out in the first place.

Nelson didn't know it at the time she picked their number out of the phone book, but Dependable Locks is actually based in New York.

They place ads in local phone books using dozens of names -- and all with local phone numbers -- to make it look like they're a local company.

The company does the same thing with online ads.

Nelson said she called and wrote to the company to complain about her experience, but they've never responded.

The Better Business Bureau says that's the common pattern.

"These companies have been, when it comes to getting refunds, when it comes to answering complaints, they have been absolutely non-responsive," said Alison Preszler, spokeswoman for the Council of Better Business Bureaus.

We've tried numerous times to get a comment from Dependable Locks, but no one there would speak on the record.

No one expects to lock their keys in the car, but we all do it. Should it ever happen to you, do not grab a phone book and pick a locksmith at random.


Tips for choosing a locksmith

What's in a name? Unscrupulous individuals often operate under many business names or aliases. They may answer the phone with a generic phrase like, "locksmith service" or simply "locksmith". If the call is answered this way, ask, "What is the legal name of your business."

Unclear advertising: Look closely at the ad(s) in the yellow pages. Is the specific name of the business clearly identified? Does the ad look similar to other ads but have a different name? Does it appear that the dealer actually operates under several names?

Unmarked car: Some legitimate locksmiths will work out of a car or unmarked van for quick jobs, but most should arrive in a service vehicle that is clearly marked with the name of the business.

Ask for identification: A legitimate locksmith should ask for identification and some form of proof that you have the authority to allow the unlocking to be done. A legitimate locksmith should also provide you with identification in the form of a business card or invoice with the company name on it. Identifying information should also match the name on the service vehicle.

Get an estimate: Find out what the work will cost before you authorize it. Never sign a blank form authorizing work.

Demand an invoice: Insist on an itemized invoice. You can't dispute a charge without proof of how much you paid and what you paid for.

Just say no: If you are not comfortable with the service provider, you can, and should, refuse to work with the locksmith.
Source: The Council of Better Business Bureaus

Tips courtesy The Council of Better Business Bureaus

6:12 AM

Some Bay Area People Fall For Locksmith Scam

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as we worte before about the locksmith scam around new york, this is another story .
be carefull of who you choose !

the original article published is located at : http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=7on_your_side&id=5595259

Scam In New York Could Be Connected

KGO 7 ON YOUR SIDE

- Investigators suspect there may be a link between a Bay Area locksmith and a possible scam that stretches from here to New York. It's a story seven on your side has been investigating for months, and whether there's a connection or not.

"I think he took advantage of an old lady. Whether he meant it or not, I don't know," said Rose Golobic from San Bruno.

Rose Golobic of San Bruno says a locksmith charged her $1,500 dollars to change her lock. She knows now she paid 15 times the going rate.

She says an unlicensed locksmith drove her to the bank so she could pay him.

"I was so upset. I probably shouldn't have gone with him, but I did it. and drew up $1, 500 dollars. Lucky I had it," said Rose Golobic of San Bruno.

It's her story that lead to the arrest of 29-year old Moshe Mizrachi. He faces trial next month on elderly abuse and identity theft charges in San Mateo County.

He's suspected of a scam similar to the one Dependable Locksmith is accused of running out of New York. The Better Business Bureau says the company quotes one rate over the phone, then charges something much higher.

That's what Geraldine Moore of San Francisco says happened to her.

"He just said it would be $100 dollars. As it turned out it was $500 dollars," said Geraldine Moore of San Francisco.

She says the locksmith identified himself as Idan Finkelstein and asked Geraldine to pay with a personal check made out to him. Finkelstein is the man identified at Moshe Mizrachi's arraignment as the locksmith's partner. Finkelstein has not been charged with any crime, and they are both are part of USA A-1 Locksmith.

Locksmiths and at least one investigator we talked to say USA A-1 Locksmith here in the Bay Area and dependable in New York may somehow be tied together.

Our sister station in New York decided to pay Dependable a visit.

"Hi, how are you? We're from Channel 7. Do you work here?" Said the reporter.

"No," said the unidentified person.

"No? That's very interesting. You just wondering around here? We'd like to talk to someone. You know the Better Business Bureau has called you very disreputable. Misleading," said the reporter.

"Excuse me. This is private property. You guys have to get off the property," said the second unidentified person.

"Come on. There you go," said the first unidentified person.

"Let me ask you. The Better Business Bureau says this is a particularly," said the reporter.

"No comment," said the second unidentified person.

There are numerous similarities between Dependable and USA A-1 Locksmith. Investigators say many involved with Dependable are from Israel. Part of USA A-1's Web site is coded in Hebrew.

"That prompted me to do some more searching. Looking at the domain name, USA A-1 Locksmith, found out the site is hosted out of Israel," said Matt Sawicki, a Web developer.

Both companies use multiple names and phone numbers. The Better Business Bureau says Dependable goes by at least 50 other names including A-1 Locksmith Service.

USA A-1 also goes by several names including A-1 San Bruno Locksmith, and the Better Business Bureau says both also target people locked out of their cars and homes.

"The locksmith comes out. You're locked out of your car in the middle of the night. You're locked out of your house. There's not much you can do. You're going to pay the price," said Gene O'Neil from the Better Business Bureau.

Investigators say dependable spread out from New York to such cities as Phoenix, Chicago, Milwaukee, Atlanta, Colorado Springs, and the Bay Area.

It's believed all calls are routed to a calling center in New York.

USA A-1 Locksmith is set up throughout the Bay Area and all calls were forwarded to this call center in San Francisco before it was abandoned.

ABC7 reported back in March that according to a former employee that company has plans to expand nationwide. The Better Business Bureau says dependable using the name superb solutions was in the bay area less than a year ago.

"We had a few complaints on them and then they're gone," said O'Neil.

But one investigator suspects USA A-1 Locksmith is an offshoot of dependable.

"I have some information although unconfirmed that some of these companies, the spin offs, were previous employees of SOS or Dependable out of New York," said Kent Paluga from the Texas Department of Public Safety.

One major difference, USA A-1 Locksmith is accused of bilking its customers for a lot more money; sometimes $500 dollars, sometimes even thousands of dollars.

"I think it was very bad for me to lose that amount of money because I got locked out of my house," said Moore.

Although victims of USA A-1 Locksmith have come forward in San Francisco, Santa Clara, Alameda and Sacramento counties, so far only San Mateo county has pressed charges.

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