One of the many challenges in this job is figuring out how to carry enough equipment without having to carry a backpack, messenger bag or briefcase. Sometimes you can get enough intel to only take what you need, so I was thrilled when I added the minpwner to my hacklebox. Even with the battery attached, it's thin enough to put in my pocket and not look out of place. That leaves plenty of room for my pwndrive, cell phone and other devices in other pockets, stuffed in my socks, etc.
With just a little bit of lock pick practice, you could be picking some of the toughest locks in no time at all! When conducting a penetration test with permission to subvert physical security constraints, lock picking may be the key to gaining access to areas otherwise outside of your purview. Lock picking is also a great and highly rewarding hobby, and conferences all over the world are helping to highlight the growing popularity of locksport.
What is a bump key, and how does a bump key work? Bump keys are special keys cut to take advantage of the mechanics of pin tumbler locks sometimes used by hackers, pentesters or social engineers to gain entry when lock picks are either unavailable or impractical. While it's not hard to learn how to use bump keys, understanding their method of operation will definitely increase your chances of success with lock bumping.
Although I had no need or interest in picking locks for places I couldn't get in to, I figured carrying around a credit card lock pick set would be a bit of a fun challenge. I even used it to pick the door to my own office, desk and apartment just for fun. I had no idea that I'd eventually be doing it for real...