Adding a physical lock and cable is a great way to help to prevent your laptop from being stolen. The lock you need for your laptop depends on if it has a security slot or not. If your laptop has a lock slot, it will work with many T-bolt configurations. If it doesn't have a lock slot, then you'll need to get a lock that attaches to your laptop another way, such as with an adhesive. While no lock is perfect, these laptop locks will help deter potential thieves. Many thieves take things that are convenient and easy to grab. If you have a lock on your device, they're less able and likely to grab it and run.
Kensington is a household name when it comes to laptop security. Kensington locks are known for their durability, and many laptop manufacturers will specifically mention if a device has a Kensington lock slot. This lock comes with a cable made of woven carbon steel to provide cut resistance. The lock works with devices that have a Kensington Lock Slot.
Kensington with keys
This Kensington lock comes with a carbon steel cable that makes it difficult to cut. It works with the Kensington lock slot and comes with a couple of keys to make it easy for you to open. This newer version features a thin lockhead that pivots so it can fit into a wide variety of laptops.
Security slot combination
This combination lock works with any device with a security slot. It comes with a six-foot cable that's cut resistant. If your device doesn't have a lock slot, you can still use this setup thanks to its adhesive security plate. The security plate will add a bump to your device, so make sure you don't place it anywhere that you'd like to lay flush with a table or desk.
Security slot with key
This lock comes with a six-foot cable and two keys, so you have a backup. It utilizes a T-bar mechanism which is a common design and makes it compatible with several devices. It works with any laptop with a security slot. The lock design allows you to attach and detach the lock very quickly, especially when compared to a combination lock.
This lock works with devices that don't have security slots. It attaches with 3M adhesive and adds a security slot. The Blade does at some heft to your device but provides added security. While the Blade does add bulk, it can also be used as a handgrip for tablets and lighter devices.
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Locks are an excellent addition to your laptop if you often use it at an office or need a way to secure your device in an area people may pass by. While no laptop lock will protect your laptop from a thief with enough tools, having a lock bolted to your device provides a deterrent for would-be thieves.
If your laptop has a Kensington lock slot and you want extra security, the Kensington Combination Cable Lock (opens in new tab) is a good option. It provides the convenience of a combination lock, so you don't have to carry a key everywhere. If your device doesn't have a security slot, you should look at The Blade (opens in new tab). The Blade attaches with adhesive so it can work with a much wider selection of devices. It is a more permanent addition to your device, but it's a versatile option that can work with almost any PC.
Sean Endicott is the news writer for Windows Central. If it runs Windows, is made by Microsoft, or has anything to do with either, he's on it. Sean's been with Windows Central since 2017 and is also our resident app expert. If you have a news tip or an app to review, hit him up at email@example.com.
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