Are you surprised? Almost everyone is aware of the existence of Master Lock. They’re the go-to portable padlock that can be seen everywhere; schools, bikes – pretty much anything that has a hole to latch one onto. In reality though, Master Locks are junk when it comes to true security protection. The way that regular consumers use Master Locks is a huge joke in the security industry. You won’t find any professional institution making use of Master Locks.
So what exactly is so bad about Master Locks? If only it was just one thing. Master locks can very easily be shimmied. Shimmies are super inexpensive, and you can even make one of your own out of a soda can. There are many tutorials of shimmying locks on YouTube, but you’d hardly need one. Armed with his trust shimmy, even a child could open every Master Lock in the room. It’s easy to prevent a lock from being shimmy-able, but many of Master Locks’ basic models can still be opened in this way. You can open Master Lock’s four wheel combination locks with a feeler gauge, and their bike locks can be broken into with a pen. Beware, schoolkids! You can even open some Master Locks by simply hitting them with a hammer! Granted, these locks are good for training beginners, but other than that, you’re best not using them to protect anything valuable.
Padlocks are the quintessential portable lock. The best padlocks have a few different qualifications. Some important things are pick resistance, forced entry resistance, versatility and value. The ranking will be based on these factors. There really is no such thing as an ‘unpick-able’ lock, but some are certainly better than others at security.