My Secrets to Picking the Master Lock Fortress in 30 Seconds

To keep my lock picking skills up, I make time to practice at least once a week even if it is just picking locks I’ve already picked successfully.

Just like any other skill, practice makes perfect and if you don’t use it, you’ll lose it both of those rules also apply to the art of lock picking.

In this blog article I’m going to focus on a technique for a specific lock. If you need a primer to get you going that covers the basics first, check out this introduction and how to guide on lock picking at

The lock I’m picking is the Master Lock Fortress 357D disc type padlock. Below is a photo of the packaging.

The Master Lock Fortress 357D

Today, I’m sharing some of my lock picking secrets in this practice session video from my YouTube channel.

Last Saturday night I filmed myself picking a Master Lock Fortress, disc type, padlock. I titled the video, “My Secrets to Picking the Master Lock Fortress in 30 Seconds”. See video below. Order your own and follow along.

The Master Lock Fortress is a disc type padlock commonly found in many facilities. Often, people may think the name “Fortress” implies that this lock is extra secure but in the end it is just a marketing ploy.

The Secret to Picking the Master Lock Fortress

In my video below, I’ll show you my secret to picking the Master Lock Fortress by focusing on a combination of a pin in very back of the keyway and the correct tension on your tensioning device of choice.

I’m cutting myself some slack for doing this on camera which is a bit more challenging. My claim of picking this lock in 30 seconds starts from from after resetting my first attempt.

Video: My Secrets to Picking the Master Lock Fortress in 30 Seconds

Video of the Secrets to Picking the Master Lock Fortress in 30 Seconds

Author: Rick Cable / AKA Cyber Abyss

A 16 year US Navy Veteran with 25+ years experience in various IT Roles in the US Navy, Startups and Healthcare. Founder of in 1997 to present and co-founder of Sports Card Collector Software startup, LK2 Software 1999-2002. For last 7 years working as a full-stack developer supporting multiple agile teams and products in a large healthcare organization. Part-time Cyber Researcher, Aspiring Hacker, Lock Picker and OSINT enthusiast.