Notebook lock

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Author: the_wanderer PostPosted: Tue Apr 10, 2007 2:12 pm    Post subject: Notebook lock

I've read some topics regarding the subject at hand, but they were rather old, so I decided to create a new one.

What is in your opinion the best notebook lock ? In my searches I found MicroSaver DS and Notesaver. What are your experiences with them, or any other simillar products ?

The notebook is not bought yet, at the moment I am gathering as much info as I can, so that I can take the best decision when the time comes.

Thank you in advance for your time and suggestions.

Author: Mongrel PostPosted: Sat Dec 15, 2007 10:43 pm    Post subject:
IMHO, any lock is,, as they say, a tool to keep the honest; honest.

How and where these attach to your computer will determine what you buy.
Some computers have an insertable lock; where the cable you buy will have
a 'male' end on it that inserts and latches in place. Other computers have a
relatively simple metal tab with a hole in it; in which case you will need a lock
that inserts into that tab.

All in all, a cable cutters means a stolen laptop (assuming the intruder has
gained enrance into your trunk where you have locked it).

They are a requirement at any larger company and are standard issue with
the company's machine.

As to brands or types (Key vs Combination), this is yet another discussion.
This Google for "Best laptop lock" may give you a bit of reading material.

Personally I would think either mechanism to be roughly the same strength
regarding picking or guessing. But, like I said, anyone determine and who
has gotten their way to the computer can get it easily with a cutter or torch.

It's disgustingly easy to open open most locks. I stumbled across a list of
methods while googling this for you.

I see a lot written about Kensington products.

Author: AdamVLocation: Leeds, UK PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 2007 6:42 pm    Post subject:
I recently bought a new Kensington lock having been very pleased with my previous one.

The new one is a twin lock on one cable, so I can lock the laptop with one and the other goes on up to my 24" TFT. It has a decent thick cable (just over 5mm or about 7/32" including the plastic sheath) that a well-equipped thief would be able to cut through with bolt cutters, but I would expect most opportunist burglars to struggle with lesser tools such as normal pliers or wire cutters.

If you are buying as a network admin, look into the options for keyed-alike or master key versions (which you have to get by special order).

Author: SaraHol PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2008 3:29 am    Post subject:
I just wonder what it is you are protecting there.

I am paranoid about my data, but instead of locking the laptop, I keep it all on a small portable hard drive, which I plug into the USB when I use it. The laptop therefore becomes just a piece of general hardware (ok, hardware with the usual apps installed on it).

It is much easier to protect a drive than a laptop, and the drive can even be a flash-key or similar for extra portability.

It may not fit your situation, but it's a thought.

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