Have you ever thought about using an anti-theft device for your laptop or other computer equipment?
Didn't you know that it could exist? And if I talk about Kensington-type locks, you ask me what language I am speaking? Then this article is for you!
Why use a PC lock?
Very good question! Nowadays, many companies choose to work in coworking spaces where people outside the company can work.
Also, many students, teachers and teleworkers choose to work or study in libraries, cafes, restaurants etc...
In such spaces, it is advisable to be careful when leaving even for a short period of time, as theft can occur very quickly and without anyone noticing.
Having your personal or business computer stolen is never a pleasant moment, which is why it is strongly recommended that you equip yourself with a laptop lock if you work alone in a space with a lot of traffic.
A laptop lock gives you peace of mind and security, a company can provide them to their employees, a library or coworking space can lend or rent them to those who feel the need, or you can buy one for yourself if you feel it is necessary.
How does it work?
Almost all anti-theft cables work in the same way. The locks have a loop at one end, which you attach to a heavy piece of furniture, a table, a desk or to wall anchors that are installed specifically for this purpose.
At the other end of the anti-theft cable you will find a lock or code lock with a latch that fits into the hole provided for this purpose on almost all laptop models.
These steel cables secure your laptop, because if they are attached to a wall or other type of notch on a desk for example, the locks are tamper-proof and unbreakable. As for the lock side, thieves avoid locks, as this process takes too long without becoming suspicious.
If you only have the option of attaching your cable to a heavy object or to your table/desk, this will still prevent most pickpocketing.
Indeed, this simple device will have the effect of deterring the thief. The thief would have to remove the cable tie in plain sight by moving the furniture and then walk away with the computer and the anti-theft device hanging from it, and that would be all it would take to arouse suspicion in those around the scene.
Which models are the most effective?
All steel locks are good because they are difficult to break. However, if you want to protect your computers from potential burglars and not just from thieves during your short breaks, we recommend that you opt for cables with a diameter of at least 4mm or for braided cables.
These high-security cables can even withstand a wire cutter if your company is targeted by equipped burglars.
If you don't think such protection is necessary, you can easily make do with thinner, more portable steel cables.
It is also possible to buy multi-headed cables that allow you to secure several computers or peripherals (hard drive, keyboard etc...).
You can also choose the type of lock you want, key or number, depending on your use and preference.
What if I want to secure something that doesn't have locks included?
If your computer doesn't have any notches included, don't panic, there are security notches to stick on your computer, tablet, keyboard or any other object of your choice that you want to secure.
There are different types of notches available and they are generally all compatible with standard security cables.
The installation of this notch is quick and easy and guarantees a high resistance to tearing. Once your notch is in place, it will not move and it will be impossible for a thief to remove it.
These adhesive notches are supplied with a strong double-sided adhesive tape. It is important to check the adhesion of the notch before making your choice, a 300N adhesion is preferable.
So if you work in large spaces, it is advisable to use an anti-theft cable, an infallible solution against thieves. You will find different models according to your needs.