This Key is Your Key, This Key is My Key

Presented at The Eleventh HOPE (2016), July 24, 2016, 3 p.m. (60 minutes)

We all know that the four most common passwords are love, secret, sex, and god. Like default passwords, locks are often keyed alike for convenience, perceived safety, or for economic and other reasons. This talk explores the idea of "popular keys" and how many lock systems are secured by easily guessable keys.


  • Deviant Ollam
    Deviant Ollam is a member of the board of directors of The Open Organisation Of Lockpickers (TOOOL) in the United States. Growing up with James Bond films and the TV show I Spy, he was fascinated with lockpicking from a young age, but never really got deep into this topic until witnessing TOOOL members firsthand at HOPE. He now helps to run the lockpick village at many cons around the world, has published books, and has visited over 100 cities across 17 countries teaching about lockpicking.
  • Howard Payne
    Howard Payne is an elevator consultant with a strong interest in locks and physical security. He is a proponent of freedom of information laws, and an opponent of open standards that call for specific key combinations (especially when it pertains to elevators).



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