How Long Does it Take to Hack a 3 Digit Combo Lock?

How Long Does it Take to Hack a 3 Digit Combo Lock?

If you’ve ever wondered how long exactly it takes to find out the combination to a 3 digit code / combo lock, today’s your day! There is some wiggle room between the “on paper” time it should take, and the real life time that it takes. Check it out.

In theory, practice and theory are the same. In practice, they are not.

Some things that need to be accounted for when you are trying to figure out how long it takes to use a brute force numbers attack on a mechanical combination lock.

  1. Sometimes people skip numbers or repeat numbers because this is mind numbing…
  2. Sometimes your hands, neck, back etc. need a break or need to change positions (that’s what she said)
  3. When you don’t know the code (I knew the code for this lab test) you tend to go slower.
  4. Sometimes mechanical dials are a little sticky, sometimes you need to double check to make sure your combo wheel digit isn’t resting in between two numbers, or in a half-position.
  5. You need to know the RULES of the lock, mainly for this exercise you need to know how to open the shackle (some shackles are push to open, some are pull to open).
  6. Annnnnd of course, more. etc.


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