How to Secure a Laptop to a Desk

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How to Secure a Laptop to a Desk
Secure your computer to your workdesk to prevent theft. (office desk image by Photosani from

Laptop computers are valuable possessions. Not only can they cost hundreds to thousands of dollars, but they usually also contain a user's important information. Their lightweight and compact design makes them a target for thieves who can easily steal and conceal them. Securing a laptop to a desk makes it harder for thieves to steal. Making a few subtle modifications to a desk and using a laptop lock will keep your laptop safer when you are not around.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Desk
  • Drill
  • Laptop lock
  • Laptop

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  1. 1

    Drill a small hole in the top of your desk. Make the hole in an inconspicuous place somewhere to the side or back of the desk, and close to where your computer usually sits. The hole should be about an inch in diameter.

  2. 2

    Drill another hole the same size as the first hole in the side or back of the desk. This hole should be close to the first hole.

  3. 3

    Select the kind of laptop lock that's best for you. Some are made to be opened with keys and some are made to be opened by combination code. The lock will look somewhat like a bike lock. It will be a cable with one end looped, while the other end will have a lock that plugs right into your computer.

  4. 4

    Thread the laptop lock through both holes and place the two ends of the cable on top of the desk. Thread the end with the lock through the looped end of the cable.

  5. 5

    Plug the lock into the appropriate place on your laptop. There is usually a lock port on the side or back of a laptop. Configure the lock according to the manufacturer's instructions. Your laptop will then be secured to your desk and will only be able to be removed by key or combination code.

Tips and warnings

  • If you do not want to drill holes in your desk, you can wrap the lock around the leg of a desk. However, someone could simply lift the desk and unloop the lock from the leg.
  • The safest way to keep your laptop from being stolen is to not leave it unattended for too long.

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