iMac Pro iMac Pro 2017 Physical Security

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    IT Troll macrumors regular

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    Does anyone know of any way to physically secure a 2017 iMac Pro?

    Unlike regular iMacs, it doesn't appear to have a Kensington slot. There are third party locks which attach to the stand, but the stand is removable...

    I thought the official Apple VESA mount might be the answer, but from installation guides/videos, it looks like this leaves the torx screws exposed.
     
  2. c0ppo macrumors 65816

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    I'm looking for the same thing, but can't find anything...
    It's really weird Apple didn't fit in Kensington slot.
     
  3. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

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    They be honest if you have got this in an area that you cannot secure then there is pretty much nothing you can do to deter a thief. If they have got to your computer then they are going to steal it whether you have it tethered with a bit of wire to a desk or not, it’s that simple.
     
  4. IT Troll thread starter macrumors regular

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    That's like saying no point in locking up a bike. You might not be able to stop them, but you can certainly deter and delay.
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    Yes, very strange. Especially, as the stand is removable.

    At this point the only solution is to put it in a cage! :eek:
     
  5. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

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    But a bike is locked up outside with a high chance of being observed so this analogy makes no sense without some tweaks once you add those tweaks the analogy only supports my opinion not yours.

    There is no point locking up a bike with a chain when it’s already locked in a garage. If someone has already broken into your garage to get your bike the chain is not going today stop them.

    When you are locking your iMac pro to the railings outside work you will have a point.

    Essentially unless you live or work in an unlocked commune with common access to the room your computer is in then a Kensington lock is about as much use to you as a cotton condom.
     
  6. IT Troll thread starter macrumors regular

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    This is for use in a public / semi-public space. So somewhat similar to your commune example and my bike analogy. I'm just wanting to stop someone simply grabbing it and running (riding) off with it.
     
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    If one has the spare cash to buy an iMac Pro, one also can buy some gold-plated links of chain to tie it down to the table..! ;)
     
  8. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

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    Probably a silly amount of money to spend on a computer for a public space then. Honestly if you have no real security and a need for a computer of some description then a locked away pc (or maybe Mac mini) with a wall attached screen and accessible mouse and keyboard seems your best bet. Sticking a $5000 iMac pro out seems to be just a massive temptation and Kensington lock or not a better security system seems in order, or at least a less expensive Mac.
     
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    Alright, to be clear I am not being sarcastic or disingenuous, but I am honestly curious what the general public needs a workstation class computer for?

    I mean when I think of a public computer, my first thoughts are malware ridden windows boxes with years of grime on them. I just can't see a use case where Johnny Pedestrian suddenly stops in the street and goes "I need to compile my code / run CFD tests / do photography stuff on a public workstation right NOW!" and runs off to find the nearest available iMac Pro.

    Alright I'll admit that last part was sarcastic, but you get my meaning.
     
  10. IT Troll thread starter macrumors regular

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    This is an education scenario. An ancient spec Mac mini just isn't fit for purpose (video editing / 3d rendering). To be honest, I wouldn't be happy trusting an item of this value on a Kensington alone. But then we don't even have that option!

    There are some very robust options for securing a Mac Pro. However lack of an Apple Pro display currently rules these out. The point of this thread is to determine if anyone has come up with a cunning security solution for the iMac Pro. Not buying one at all is not really meeting the brief. I think an appropriate wall or desk mount is the answer if the torx screws can be protected.
     
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    I have been liaising with a U.K. based manufacturer of security products and they have come up with a rather ingenious solution for the iMac Pro. This is a new product and so not on their website yet, but once it is I can provide a link if that is permitted.
     
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    The solution I would try is to chain the iMac Pro to the desk. A long bicycle chain going through the hole of the stand would deter any theft for some time. However, if the theft is knowledgable enough to dismount the monitor-machine, I don't know any solution. I found this thread when I was looking for a solution for the problem same as yours.
     
  14. IT Troll thread starter macrumors regular

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    The solution I linked in a follow up post works. I bought a few of them to secure our iMac Pros, now they are bolted to the desk and cannot be removed from their stands.
     
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    I checked it out already. But I need to move the machine from time to time in order to make room for midi keyboard.
     

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