Computer and Laptop Locks
Privacy and security
Computer and laptop locks can be used for both privacy and security. Computer locks secure your hard drive and your screen to a desk so that they can’t be removed. While the computer can still be turned on, it can’t be stolen. With a laptop lock no one will be able to open up your portable computer. This means all your information and documents are inaccessible and that the computer will be completely useless if stolen.
Computer locks commonly use steel cables to secure the PC to a desk. They’re most commonly found in computer labs and internet cafes. However, many people now store their most important information and documents on their home computer. Therefore, you may want to consider installing a lock on your home computer for extra protection against theft.
Many computers are now sold equipped to handle a lock. They have security tabs on both screens and hard drives. You’ll also find similar types of accommodations with most printers. This means that your computer security options are less expensive because you don’t have to buy attachments for your equipment.
However, you can find kits that provide you with all the required equipment for an older computer or one that’s not equipped with security measures. Small brackets can be permanently secured onto your equipment without damaging it.
A computer lock is basically a strong cable lock that attaches your computer to a desk or wall. These locks work with either a combination or a padlock. It’s virtually impossible to break or saw through the cable and if a thief tries to remove the bracket they’ll damage the equipment.
Laptop locks are meant to protect both your privacy and your computer. You can get a number of different types of laptop locks, such as:
- Cable Locks
- Case Locks
- Twist Locks
Laptop Cable Locks
Cable locks are an easy to use security solution: they simply wrap around your laptop to stop someone from opening it. They’re a traditional cable lock, made of a number of small steel cables that are wrapped together and contained in a vinyl casing. You can get both combination and padlock versions, but you’ll find that the padlock is the sturdier of these two locking mechanisms.
Cable locks will not only provide privacy they’ll also discourage theft because the laptop is useless as long as it’s locked closed.
Laptop Case Locks
Laptop case locks secure the case that you carry your laptop in. While you could use a small padlock to fasten together the zippers that open the case, a case lock is more durable and reliable.
Some models will attach the zipper to the handle while others will actually encase the laptop case. The more elaborate case locks are installed inside of your laptop case and use a combination or key lock to secure it.
Similar to the cable version, case locks will ensure your privacy because no one will be able to access your computer. It’s also a source of theft deterrence because they’re difficult to break into and render the laptop useless to anyone who can’t get into it.
Twist locks are used to secure your laptop to a table or desk. They work with the installed security device found on most laptops. A twist lock is a cable that can be locked to a desk with a combination or padlock. It has an attachment that twists into the laptop security device. Once it’s installed it can’t be removed from the laptop without a key.
Most thieves will avoid a laptop secured with a twist lock because trying to remove it from the cable will damage the computer. The only option they’ll have is to try and detach the cable from the desk and this’ll prove to be a difficult and time consuming exercise. Since most thieves are on the lookout for an easy grab, a twist lock deters them.