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CliveVB
Aug 20, 2009, 06:32 AM
The MBA is wonderful but also a wonderfully easy temptation to walk off with in a library or coffee shop. It would be really weird and stupid to have to carry it with me every time I go the bathroom or even a book shelf. Anyone found a not too horrible way of fixing a Kensington type security cable lock?



TBi
Aug 20, 2009, 07:03 AM
I think you can get some kind of USB alarm thing, like they use in the shops. If someone goes off with it then the alarm will sound and hopefully someone will notice.

GoCubsGo
Aug 20, 2009, 07:16 AM
I had never thought of the fact that it's missing a way to lock it down. I saw this thread (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=571156) that also recommended the USB lock deal.

tooz
Aug 20, 2009, 07:20 AM
I think you can get some kind of USB alarm thing, like they use in the shops. If someone goes off with it then the alarm will sound and hopefully someone will notice.

somthing akin to iAlertU ?

TanToday
Aug 20, 2009, 08:13 PM
What I did was to purchase a Kensington Lock Base { available most places that carry Kensington, or special order }

Then I KRAZY GLUE'ed it to the bottom of the Air. This serves additionally as a "lift" giving better typing placement and I put two rubber bumpers on either end { they are visible too } this lifts the unit 1/2 inch, giving better cooling, and actually provides a better typing angle.

Then when I need to use the lock, I flip the unit over, and put the lock on.

Photo's attached:

http://i32.tinypic.com/v58yhh.jpg

http://i32.tinypic.com/ea1eut.jpg

mhnajjar
Aug 20, 2009, 11:20 PM
TanToday, how would you remove that without damaging the MBA?

Scottsdale
Aug 20, 2009, 11:27 PM
What I did was to purchase a Kensington Lock Base { available most places that carry Kensington, or special order }

Then I KRAZY GLUE'ed it to the bottom of the Air. This serves additionally as a "lift" giving better typing placement and I put two rubber bumpers on either end { they are visible too } this lifts the unit 1/2 inch, giving better cooling, and actually provides a better typing angle.

Then when I need to use the lock, I flip the unit over, and put the lock on.

Photo's attached:

http://i32.tinypic.com/v58yhh.jpg

http://i32.tinypic.com/ea1eut.jpg


That has to be the absolute worst "solution" I have ever seen. It doesn't look like it would even set right on a table, and looks like you would scratch the top whenever attaching the lock. I would lock my MBA in a drawer before utilizing that "solution."

How about iAlertU and Lojack... or a lockable briefcase or drawer???

phoobo
Aug 21, 2009, 08:46 AM
. It would be really weird and stupid to have to carry it with me every time I go the bathroom or even a book shelf.

Take it anyway.

wetrix
Aug 22, 2009, 04:41 AM
I use Orbicule's Undercover (http://www.orbicule.com/undercover/) software.

TanToday
Aug 22, 2009, 06:10 AM
TanToday, how would you remove that without damaging the MBA?

Isn't that the purpose, the deterrent? You cannot remove it without damaging the unit.

{ .... when you go to sell it, just buy a new baseplate used and toss the old one. Used ones are now selling for $25-40 everywhere on the nets. }

OR sell it WITH the modification intact, using that as a selling feature by tossing IN the Kensington Lock WITH the used unit!

TanToday
Aug 22, 2009, 06:12 AM
That has to be the absolute worst "solution" I have ever seen. It doesn't look like it would even set right on a table, and looks like you would scratch the top whenever attaching the lock. I would lock my MBA in a drawer before utilizing that "solution."

D'oh.

You LEAVE IT UPSIDE DOWN when it is locked. Sheesh.

I guess you flunked Geometry huh?

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Shuttleworth
Aug 22, 2009, 06:31 AM
If the base is removable then it may be possible to use a Dremel to make one of the cooling vents big enough for the lock. You would have to select which vent carefully and it may not be possible as you would need clearance behind it for the lock to fit in. Done neatly this would hardly be noticeable. You would still have to turn it upside down to attach the lock, same as TanTodays solution.

Is there a skin or case you can get for it that has a lock cable fitted or that you can attach one to? That's what I'd probably go for, either that or this:

http://www.natuba.com/photo/chidzb/

skye12
Aug 22, 2009, 02:48 PM
Never figured out how much security you really get out of a cable lock anyway.
This solution looks like a stretch.

After G
Aug 22, 2009, 03:06 PM
I think the Air's light enough that you could just stuff it in a bag and take it with you whenever you needed to go do something...

There's also this (http://applelocks.com/images/macbook-air.mov) ... :)

tom1971
Jul 7, 2012, 06:37 PM
check out macbracket.com (http://macbracket.com), they recentlyreleased a lock for all newer MBA models

TyroneShoes2
Jul 7, 2012, 07:39 PM
Never figured out how much security you really get out of a cable lock anyway.
This solution looks like a stretch. It comes down to degree of motivation. If you want folks you work with who walk past your desk or cubicle to walk away empty-handed, this will likely do that. Adding iAlertU is even better. A K lock on my PB from 2003 to 2011 did one of 2 things: 1) kept my PB safe. 2) gave me peace of mind, even if I was fooling myself. Maybe a little of both. Of course now, in their infinite wisdom, we no longer have that option available on Apple laptops. There's room for a K lock slot, they just arrogantly did not put one there. Dicks.

But if I want your MBA, I will get it. (not a thief--devil's advocate here)

It seems like a medium cable cutter could handle the aircraft cable of a K lock, although it might take a couple minutes to really bite through all of the way (and then the thief is stuck with a laptop with a lock sticking out of it--hard to resell).

But this plastic case? (http://www.applelocks.com/index.php/apple-macbook-locks/macbookairlock-13-combo.html) Not only is it about the fugliest thing I have ever seen, I could crunch that lock area with a garden-variety set of linemans pliers in under 5 seconds like it was never even there. Buh-bye, MBA. If my partner creates a distraction by spilling her latte on the other side of the coffeeshop, I can get away unnoticed, with your laptop. You come back to a K lock connected to a $70 broken piece of plastic.

TLewis
Jul 17, 2012, 01:37 PM
check out macbracket.com (http://macbracket.com), they recentlyreleased a lock for all newer MBA models
I wish there was something like this for the rMBP. I really don't like the maclocks solution.

MacRuler
Jul 18, 2012, 01:20 AM
It comes down to degree of motivation. If you want folks you work with who walk past your desk or cubicle to walk away empty-handed, this will likely do that. Adding iAlertU is even better. A K lock on my PB from 2003 to 2011 did one of 2 things: 1) kept my PB safe. 2) gave me peace of mind, even if I was fooling myself. Maybe a little of both. Of course now, in their infinite wisdom, we no longer have that option available on Apple laptops. There's room for a K lock slot, they just arrogantly did not put one there. Dicks.

But if I want your MBA, I will get it. (not a thief--devil's advocate here)

It seems like a medium cable cutter could handle the aircraft cable of a K lock, although it might take a couple minutes to really bite through all of the way (and then the thief is stuck with a laptop with a lock sticking out of it--hard to resell).

But this plastic case? (http://www.applelocks.com/index.php/apple-macbook-locks/macbookairlock-13-combo.html) Not only is it about the fugliest thing I have ever seen, I could crunch that lock area with a garden-variety set of linemans pliers in under 5 seconds like it was never even there. Buh-bye, MBA. If my partner creates a distraction by spilling her latte on the other side of the coffeeshop, I can get away unnoticed, with your laptop. You come back to a K lock connected to a $70 broken piece of plastic.

you seem like you may know a little something about Laptop snatching lawls

miles01110
Jul 18, 2012, 01:22 AM
D'oh.

You LEAVE IT UPSIDE DOWN when it is locked. Sheesh.

I guess you flunked Geometry huh?


That just makes it even dumber.

musio
Jul 18, 2012, 01:35 AM
'Find my mac' activated and a baseball bat

psydocva
Jul 24, 2012, 06:01 AM
http://www.technalock.com/shop/USB_Cable_Lock-m35.html


They note that this currently isn't compatible w/ the Air -- curious as to what might be different about the USB connection (?), but at any rate, I plan to find out more...seems like this might neatly solve, at least to some degree, the problem of securing an Air. Any thoughts?

tom1971
Jul 30, 2012, 02:14 PM
I wish there was something like this for the rMBP. I really don't like the maclocks solution.

They announced they are looking into it, check their facebook account (http://www.facebook.com/macBracket)

ixodes
Jul 30, 2012, 02:22 PM
I just close the lid, it goes to sleep and I take it with me.

There's nothing easier than that and you've eliminated all risk.

ritmomundo
Jul 30, 2012, 02:40 PM
check out macbracket.com (http://macbracket.com), they recentlyreleased a lock for all newer MBA models

Its a solution, but I can imagine some idiot thief trying to quickly shut the screen to make a quick getaway and completely breaking the hinge and screen in the process. Sure, it may deter theft (which there is still a small possibility of getting it back), but this would cause permanent damage.

stchman
Jul 30, 2012, 04:10 PM
Cable locks offer little to no security. One quick jerk and the little tab pops right out of the laptop.

blueroom
Jul 30, 2012, 04:16 PM
Never figured out how much security you really get out of a cable lock anyway.
This solution looks like a stretch.

I've got a bicycle that's not worth as much as a rMBP. I lock it with fairly hefty 3/4" hacksaw safe U-lock and security key and I'm still concerned for its safety.

Anyone depending on a Kensington lock to keep their laptop secure while they're gone has more faith in it than I would.

TLewis
Jul 30, 2012, 07:47 PM
Anyone depending on a Kensington lock to keep their laptop secure while they're gone has more faith in it than I would.
So? Not everyone uses their laptop in a high-crime, smash-and-grab environment. Just because it only offers modest security doesn't mean that it can't be used (hint: your standard door lock is insecure, but that doesn't stop people from having locks on their doors). In lower-crime environments, a kensington-style lock is fine, as it's main purpose is deterring crimes of opportunity. (And, no, for those people asking: a coffee shop is not what I'd call a "lower-crime" environment.)