ITRH Interview on Physical Security

Quick announcement: I was recently interviewed for the In the Rabbit Hole Urban Survival Podcast. This time Aaron and I talked about physical security. We had time to delve pretty deeply into some good topics including general security considerations, deadbolts, padlocks, and safes (a lot of stuff about safes). If you’re interested check it out at https://www.intherabbithole.com/e179/. If you like it, feel free to let Aaron know. Continue reading “ITRH Interview on Physical Security”

Puck Locks vs High Explosives

I was recently aboard a military training facility that is used for a variety of training techniques, like close-quarters battle (CQB) and explosive breaching.  On one of the breaching lanes I saw something interesting: a puck lock breached with high explosives.  Puck locks do not have a visible hasp.  They are one of the most mechanically secure padlock designs available.  Since everyone loves explosives, I thought this would be an interesting pictorial post: puck locks vs high explosives.

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Threat-Model Based Padlock Selection

Today I will cover some padlocks that I use and personally recommend.  Padlock selection should occur based on the threats they are likely to face.  There are two basic threat models I use when selecting padlocks.  The first is low-to-medium security applications.  These locks will be robust enough against forced entry and offer some light protection against picking and other surreptitious defeat.  The other is high security.  The cost of a high security lock is justified in several instances: if surreptitious entry is a legitimate concern.  They are also preferred for unattended containers.  This might be your luggage†, your gym locker, or a shed on a vacation property.

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