Securing my iMac in college

Discussion in 'iMac' started by skythefly13, Aug 19, 2008.

  1. skythefly13 macrumors 6502

    Mar 8, 2005
    So I am off to college in a month and have heard that theft is a possibility if you or your roommate forgets to lock your door. I am in a pretty nice dorm with cameras, but I still want to be careful. I have a 20" Al iMac and it was a grad present.

    Anyways, here is what I am thinking. Instead of buying an expensive computer lock (which I hear mangles the security slot and does more bad then good), why not just stick a cable bike lock through the ring in the aluminum base? It would be wrapped around the bed post (bed is lofted above the desk) and through the aluminum ring on the stand of the iMac.

    Is this totally stupid, or a simple way to save $? Thanks...
  2. Diseal3 macrumors 65816

    Jun 29, 2008
    That is your best way to go. The security slot will let go if you do enough tampering. If you do what you said with a bike chain and putting it through the base your better off and alot more secure. Congrats on your new mac and college!
  3. jsm4182 macrumors 6502

    Apr 3, 2006
    Beacon, NY
    Thats what my school does for their ACDs, it seems to work just as good as a computer lock.
  4. skythefly13 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mar 8, 2005
    Thanks, I appreciate it!
  5. Apple Ink macrumors 68000

    Apple Ink

    Mar 7, 2008
  6. Jack Flash macrumors 65816

    May 8, 2007
    This is how I secure mine.

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  7. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    Good idea

    I would also set:
    Firmware password
    Account password
    Screensaver password

    If you really want to go overboard for a desktop, you can get "undercover" recovery software.
  8. rdowns macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003
    That's what I did with mine when I lived in a hotel for 5 months. Of course, if someone really wants it, they can just take off the base and steal your Mac.
  9. t0mat0 macrumors 603


    Aug 29, 2006
    I'd get all your Serials and write them down and keep them separately. If you're in the UK there is the UK Police Immobilise or other named scheme where you keep the serials on a secure database. Having it tagegd with a sticker, or maybe microdotted, or ultra violet pen in a discrete place are also options.
  10. thecrackerjack macrumors member

    May 3, 2008
    Given the stand is only made from aluminum and can be cut easily it is only a matter of time. But time is what you need.

    Another thought to prevent theft is to bolt the base to your desk. Yes it will put a hole in your base but unless the thief brings a ratchet set with them it isn't going anywhere. You could also strip the nut on it (and cut it off with a grinder at the end of the year).

    Another option is an alarm system for your room. Yes it sounds like over kill but a wireless alarm system is only 100$ now and you can even have it monitored for as little as 5 to 10 dollars a month.

    Enjoy college and the dorms. I can't say I enjoyed the dorm.
  11. *Alice macrumors newbie

    Jun 7, 2009
    montreal <--> toronto
    i hope the stands are not removeable.
    I have a new 24" imac that I will be leaving in large studio. I going to use 2 locks. a kensington combo lock and a bike cable lock..
  12. rgarjr macrumors 603


    Apr 2, 2009
    Southern California
    I think you can easily cut thru those metal cables with some things you break locks with.

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