No Kensington Lock on Retina Mac Book Pro's

Hullmet

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Jun 8, 2009
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Hi,

I was going to purchase the top end MBP today, but, without a port to bolt the thing down with (i work in a Hospital, sensitive data and public spaces close etc) how can i even consider it. They offer software protection but this really isnt enough since they will only pay out $1000, and the machines come in at $3200 (with my config).

Am i out of date in wanting this? I guess i will go down a level but am a little disappointed.

H

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Hi,

I was going to purchase the top end MBP today, but, without a port to bolt the thing down with (i work in a Hospital, sensitive data and public spaces close etc) how can i even consider it. They offer software protection but this really isnt enough since they will only pay out $1000, and the machines come in at $3200 (with my config).

Am i out of date in wanting this? I guess i will go down a level but am a little disappointed.

H
I should add i really wanted the solid state and retina display but its not much of a downgrade to miss out i guess
 

macimby

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Mar 24, 2011
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+1. $2k-$3k price + great looks + no way to lock it down from "walking away" = really stupid designers.
 
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MisterSensitive

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Mar 22, 2012
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I always thought Kensington locks were minor obstacles for thieves with little regard for whether the laptop they wanted to turn into a rock of crack had a gaping hole on the side where they yanked it hard.
 
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shurcooL

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Jan 24, 2011
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I always thought Kensington locks were minor obstacles for thieves with little regard for whether the laptop they wanted to turn into a rock of crack had a gaping hole on the side where they yanked it hard.
It's not impossible to "get around" it, but it does increase the security.

No security is completely secure, it can only raise your defence to protect you from more lesser-determined thieves. There's always someone in the world who will not be stopped by a Kensington slot, or even a super-secure safe. But there are less people like that, so the goal is to defend against the thieves who'll only go for a laptop if it's not secured at all.

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That said, I enjoy the fact it's gone because I never use it, so it makes the minimalist in me happy.

However, I do wonder how they expect other people who don't have the luxury of not needing a Kensington slot to make do... Did Apple figure out a better solution for those people? I don't know what it is.
 
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PracticalMac

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Jan 22, 2009
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I always thought Kensington locks were minor obstacles for thieves with little regard for whether the laptop they wanted to turn into a rock of crack had a gaping hole on the side where they yanked it hard.
Keeps honest people honest! ;)

Opportunity to get super cool high $$$$ laptop because no one around, see the cable, temptation is gone.
 
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Eriksrocks

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Jun 12, 2012
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I always thought Kensington locks were minor obstacles for thieves with little regard for whether the laptop they wanted to turn into a rock of crack had a gaping hole on the side where they yanked it hard.
Not going to stop a serious thief, but will stop someone from slipping your laptop in their bag because you left it at a table while in line to get coffee...

Especially in public places, you can't remove that thing without being noticed.
 
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MagicBoy

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May 28, 2006
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I always thought Kensington locks were minor obstacles for thieves with little regard for whether the laptop they wanted to turn into a rock of crack had a gaping hole on the side where they yanked it hard.
It's enough of a casual deterrent. We used the decent Kensington ones in a PC Superstore I worked in about 15 years ago. Stopped everything other than a gang who came in tooled up with bolt croppers and machete's.
 
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LioryNYC

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Jun 17, 2012
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Kensington aren't the only one who makes MBP/MBA locks

I found Maclocks after I was looking for a lock to my MBA for school, was googling around and ran into this review http://youtu.be/SvK9wd1dIqY for Maclocks MBA Lock and Security Case Bundle, they actually got some really nice products!

Try to look here: http://www.maclocks.com/index.php/mac-locks.html

Not sure they already have a lock for the new MBP but I guess it's just a matter of weeks :p
 
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Exponent

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Jul 17, 2002
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Solutions:

Make a USB cable that includes a squealing alarm system that goes off if disconnected before unlocking.

Or a lock that LOOKS like it's a kensington lock, but actually plugs into any of the slots....
 
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SlickShoes

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Jan 24, 2011
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I'm curious as to your role in a hospital such that you'd have a personal laptop there?
Researcher, consultant, doctor, office worker, IT support and so on.

I worked in IT Support in a hospital in the UK and had my laptop there almost every day, researchers also would more often than not have laptops and not desktops, and many consultants and doctors will have both a desktop and a laptop.

The only people working in the hospital without laptops and other computers per person are nurses and domestic staff.
 
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frabber

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Nov 28, 2008
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since it is a pro laptop which you will likely bring to work Apple should have designed it with physical security in mind, possibly to go with some accessoires. I am seriously considering cancelling my order, will research the techsafe though.., I have a need to prevent casual thiefs.

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since it is a pro laptop which you will likely bring to work Apple should have designed it with physical security in mind, possibly to go with some accessoires. I am seriously considering cancelling my order, will research the techsafe though.., I have a need to prevent casual thiefs.
 
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leenak

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Mar 10, 2011
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I would've never thought something like a kensington lock would be considered important. You can disable the lock in 2 seconds with fairly simple methods.

I personally wouldn't bring the Pro to work as I have a work assigned laptop but even if I did, I wouldn't have an issue having it in my office. I wouldn't leave it there overnight because well its my personal property and you do never know. I've taken my iPad to work and left it on my desk without concern.
 
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doh123

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Dec 28, 2009
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Not going to stop a serious thief, but will stop someone from slipping your laptop in their bag because you left it at a table while in line to get coffee...

Especially in public places, you can't remove that thing without being noticed.
seriously? People would leave something this expensive laying on a table in a public area without being able to see it? I don't even leave my laptop in my car... if I get up from the table everything goes with me. Do you leave your wallet/purse and car keys sitting on the table and leave off to go to the rest room for a few minutes too?
 
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NewbieCanada

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Oct 9, 2007
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I personally wouldn't bring the Pro to work as I have a work assigned laptop but even if I did, I wouldn't have an issue having it in my office.
Depends on your workplace. In a hospital, like where the OP works, lots of strangers come and go. In my office, it's pretty much only the people who work there, plus contractors, vendors, etc., but not open to the general pubic.
 
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Faaiez

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Sep 18, 2012
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The link doesnt work

I'm using the Kensington TechSafe lock right now on my rMBP, and it does work. The apparatus doesn't sit perfectly, probably becuase of how thin the laptop is, but it certainly is fully functional, and the best option I have been able to find.

http://store.griffintechnology.com/techsafe-cable-lock-system
I've seen this on other sites but the link you provided doesnt work.
Can you post a pic of your rMBP and the lock?
 
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shurcooL

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Jan 24, 2011
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I've seen this on other sites but the link you provided doesnt work.
Can you post a pic of your rMBP and the lock?
So the link doesn't work. You can either:

1. Look at the URL and see if there are any obvious errors in it:

http://store.griffintechnology.com/techsafe-cable-lock-system

2. Not in this case, so most likely the URL has changed. Then, see if there are any human-readable hints as to where to find pictures of this thing.

3. Take the "techsafe-cable-lock-system" part of the URL and put it into Google search.

4. Click on any of the first 5 results to see everything you want to know about it.

Alternatively,

1. Post a reply here saying "the link doesn't work, can you find a working link for me please?"

2. Wait some hours.

...
 
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