How to Use a Standard Kensington Lock Hole on a Laptop

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How to Use a Standard Kensington Lock Hole on a Laptop
Secure your laptop with a lock. (laptop image by Du...¡an Zidar from

Laptops are lightweight, compact, and often left unsecured on a desk or table, making them easy targets for thieves. To reduce the risk of theft, secure your laptop with a Kensington lock. Many laptops have a slot on the side or rear to which you can insert a laptop lock cable, attaching the cable to a heavy object in the room to prevent someone from walking off with your laptop. Although there is no way to completely prevent theft, a Kensington lock will make your laptop more secure.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Select an immovable or heavy object, such as the leg of a desk, to which you will lock your computer.

  2. 2

    Wrap the looped end of the cable around the object, then slide the locking device through the loop.

  3. 3

    Place the locking device into the lock slot on your laptop.

  4. 4

    Insert the key into the lock and turn the key to the locked position, then remove the key.

  5. 5

    Pull gently on the locking device to confirm the lock is secure.

Tips and warnings

  • Store your key in a safe location away from the laptop or on your person.
  • The lock slot on the laptop is often labelled with a lock icon.

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