For the average notebook owner a laptop lock is the quickest and easiest way to protect your computer. But what is a laptop lock? If you've ever worked in a office you will definitely have seen a collections laptop sitting on their desk with a metal "block" attached directly to it and cable leading away from it.

However, successfully using a laptop security lock requires a simple understanding of the four key components being:

  • The notebook itself
  • The lock device
  • The cable
  • What the cable is attached to.

The Notebook

You've probably never noticed but most notebooks manufactured in the last decade come with a special lock hole already built in. Generally speaking you'll find the slot on the sides (towards the back) of your laptop – it will be oblong shaped.

The Lock Device

The best way to understand the locking device is to think of the kind of padlocks you use to secure a bicycle – these are usually tube shaped. And you can lock it by either (a) using numbers – known as a "combination lock" or (b) using a key – known as a "keyed lock".

Attaching The Cable

Every laptop lock has a cable which is attached to the locking device. And where you attach the cable is absolutely critical in determining how safe your laptop will be. Again this is very similar to when you lock your bicycle up. So, attaching the cable around the leg of chair will not do much good if the chair is not fixed to the floor. But attaching it to the leg of a fixed desk in the office will be a far better solution.

Kensington is recognized as the market leader for the best laptop locks and are so dominant in this area that you'd be forgiven for thinking that there are no other suppliers. Similar products are available from companies such as Targus and Belkin.

However, laptop security locks are taken so seriously by major laptop manufacturers such as Apple, Dell, HP, Lenovo, Toshiba that their notebooks come as standard with the security slot identified with the Kensington security logo. A laptop lock is inexpensive and takes about five minutes to setup. So do not make the fatal mistake of thinking it's too difficult or costly to protect your notebook.


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