Kensington is synonymous with the laptop and PC security lock. Since the first laptop integrated a Kensington security slot in the early 1990’s, people have been able to depend upon the  reliability of our locking solutions.  Since then organizations have learnt that well implemented security policies are shown to cut theft by 85% and this is true across all areas of life, not just in the technology industry.  As we move further and further into a world where people are working across multiple devices and subsequently storing this work in the cloud, it’s as important as ever to not bypass the initial security steps when setting up your work space, both physically and virtually.

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Although people may immediately associate Kensington locks with securing a computer or laptop, they do in fact go much further than this and are used across a multitude of industries to protect and secure valuable possessions and data. Businesses across the globe will have meeting rooms decked out in technology which supports conferences and presentations, an area which often overlooked when it comes to security measures. The Jabra Speak 810 is an example of a conference call speakerphone compatible with a Kensington Microsaver® DS Keyed Lock, designed specifically for ultimate defence of thin devices whilst still boasting a 6×6 carbon strengthened steel cable. Complete with a 1.5m log cable length, this can easily be stored neatly out of the way, whilst still providing a nearly impenetrable locking mechanism. For companies who have invested in technology to enhance their own performance and productivity, it is a natural final step to ensure that this is secure when left unattended.

Stepping away from the office environment entirely, music equipment is perhaps a lesser known genre compatible with Kensington locks. Roland drum accessories such as the SPD-30 Octapad and RT-10K Acoustic Drum Triggers are built with a Kensington security lock point for theft-proof merchandizing – something which is highly valuable in an industry where the kit is likely to be left in a studio overnight or for lengthy periods of time. Be sure to check the specifications or device manual to see whether it includes a Kensington compatible lock slot – chances are that more assets will than most people realise.

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Kensington’s Register & Retrieve Lock Management Portal offers another dimension of security, ensuring any purchased lock is registered to the individual or company that it belongs. For business and offices with multiple staff, this affords specific individuals the power to manage their lock programs and provides a single portal for the administration of all locks. They then have the opportunity to register each lock in the building individually if they so wish, or to specific groups and teams. For an individual, this allows them to order replacement keys or retrieve stored combination codes should they find themselves in a position where this is necessary.

Although an office or desk space may be the assumed criteria for these Kensington locks, thinking beyond this may afford you a level of security in your home life that you hadn’t even considered. As an engineer or designer, when working to provide customers with the best option for physical security of their equipment it’s worth considering whether the Kensington security slot would fit within your hardware. Having been the industry standard since 1990, the majority of IT devices, accessories and equipment will offer the Kensington Security Slot, adding value to the product itself by providing consumers with a built in security solution. Learn more about how to build this feature into your own hardware.

Do you use a Kensington lock at work or at home? We’re always looking to hear about unusual products and equipment that is resting secure thanks to a security slot.

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