Anyone using a cable lock for physical security?

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  1. blueprint1983 macrumors 6502

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    I just bought this:

    http://www.brenthaven.com/catalog-laptop-cable-lock.html

    And I must say, it's quite durable and unless you have a hack-saw it'd be impossible to cut with any office accessories.

    I highly recommend it, especially for travelers and students.

    What do you all use for physical security?
     
  2. forafireescape macrumors 6502a

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    I never considered one...what made you buy? Just wondering :)
     
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  4. blueprint1983 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Travelling->leaving the laptop locked in a hotel room
    School->leaving the laptop locked in my dorm room
    Work->leaving my laptop locked when I'm away from the desk
     
  5. ogacon macrumors newbie

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    how does that lock your laptop? What does it wrap around/plug into to prevent people from taking/opening it?
     
  6. blueprint1983 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    LOL, no its like this.. you loop the cable around a permanent fixture (ie desk) and plug the cord into the security lock in the MBP right side first slot..
    [​IMG]
     
  7. wk127001 macrumors member

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    I hate to break it to you, but those locks can be picked in about 30 seconds. Look up bic pen lockpick on youtube or google. I've done it myself when I was bored at work, it's extremely simple.
     
  8. UltraNEO* macrumors 601

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    Does it make it waterproof? If it doesn't, it's not good enough.:D

    I reckon, if you left your system carelessly laying about, secured to something...
    You'd be more pissed if some jerk come along and poured liquids in or on to it.
    I sure as hell would be...
     
  9. forafireescape macrumors 6502a

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    Hmmm...I've never wanted one. Maybe I'm too trusting of people? :eek:
     
  10. chrono1081 macrumors 604

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    I bought one similar to this long ago for an old laptop, but I really dont see how these protect it. The tiny pin could be pulled hard enough to bend the case of the laptop and get it off the desk. Its more of a deterrent then anything.
     
  11. phuong macrumors 6502a

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    suppose you dont have a bic pen in handy, these thigns can still be picked within 10 seconds with a toilet paper. or just rolled paper. so dont bother.
    i bring my laptop with me even when i have to go to washroom. better safe than sorry.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=as-CPdf-rKI
     
  12. mckyvlle macrumors 6502a

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    I use one from Targus. It has a 4-digit numerical tumbler instead of a key.
     
  13. hayduke macrumors 65816

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    I frequently use one in an office setting. All it does is ensure that the unlocked ones are taken first. The lock can be picked or simply broken free from the laptop case, but if there is an unlocked one in a nearby office it will probably go before mine. Just like any lock, it just slows people down.
     
  14. markrivers macrumors 6502a

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    p bought a gateway skin/cover that i use to cover my MBP..
    call it like a comouflage or some sort!

    unless you open the system, you'll think it's gateway!
    it's made of plastic, got it from the non working displays at my local electronics store..

    :D
     
  15. SimonTheSoundMa macrumors 6502a

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    I use them all the time. All of my Mac's and external hardware such as sound cards, firewire drives etc. at home get locked in. My MBP gets locked down when I'm away at home, already had one stolen by someone climbing two floors up the outside wall and through a window while I was in the shower. :(
     
  16. blueprint1983 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    All locks can be picked so the argument that this can be picked easily can be said about alot of locks. All it really does is make the thief think twice - which is all you need.
     

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