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Several months ago the firm I work for Decided the best way to prevent theft of PC assets in the office was to use Kingston locks. So I have come up with three ways to defeat them so far 5 if you are allowed to violence (cutting the cable & smacking the lock really hard), all they really do is get in the way. My point is they are okay if you are working on a laptop in a remote site. But at your normal desk in a locked and alarmed building, which if you are going to break in you will have sufficient tools these locks won't be an issue. All these thing do is get in the **** way
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attach it to something like a hole punch, if questioned tell them people keep stealing your [hole punch] but no ones ever taken the computer.
or attach it to a trash can, if asked tell them all the files on your computer are encrypted but they are un-encrypted into temp files, i.e. when edited, and afterwards some of those temp files end up in the trash.
apart from picking the lock only one other skill required: keeping a straight face.
Ive been in offices, alarmed, when they raided they just grabbed all laptops and ran. Now if each laptop is protected by a silly cable it delays the thugs by 10 seconds for each laptop. It will cut into their volume, and most probably cut into their likelihood of even considering that office. Methinks.
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They protect management in the sense that they did "all they could"; that's worth a few dimes. It's a nice argument on paper to show that you take security "seriously". After all, they're spending on it.
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Yeah, I worked art a place that locked up keyboards at night, too. It took me a few minutes to figure out how to defeat that system. Then my boss had trouble and asked me if I could help. I said just leave me alone for an hour with your computer and don't report it to corporate security. He did and I spent a few minutes fixing his lock, then drank coffee for 45 minutes. Corporate security questioned everyone, but never figurd out it got defeated. Fun times!
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