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    I'm still two months away from college, but I've heard horror stories about laptops and other expensive electronics being stolen in dorms. Is there a way to put a tracking device in my laptop so I would have peace of mind leaving my room for a few minutes with my notebook out in the open?

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    http://www.orbicule.com/undercover/

    Google is your friend!

    There is another really popular one that isn't just for Macs, can't remember the name of it though, can anyone refresh my memory?

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    its called a kensington lock,

    takes about 5 secs to put it into the unit, and it isnt going anywhere

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jamesmacmaybe View Post
    its called a kensington lock,

    takes about 5 secs to put it into the unit, and it isnt going anywhere
    Hey, that would really be useful to me!! When I travel to my mom's office building, there is a LOT of traffic by the vacant office I use, and I'm mostly either walking around with other people or in the lounge. I'm usually going back to the office and seeing if it's still there

    I always have the mentality that someone is going to take off with it, and when I'm out helping people around the building, it bothers me like crazy. I always thought where I would find a lock for the security port on the side of my laptop

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    Careful, if you see this man hide your laptop!

    http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...87668346205814

    Just kidding: Yea most dorms highly recommend getting a lock to secure your computer to the desk or wall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by todd51 View Post
    http://www.orbicule.com/undercover/

    Google is your friend!

    There is another really popular one that isn't just for Macs, can't remember the name of it though, can anyone refresh my memory?
    LoJack.
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    Quote Originally Posted by todd51 View Post
    Careful, if you see this man hide your laptop!

    http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...87668346205814

    Just kidding: Yea most dorms highly recommend getting a lock to secure your computer to the desk or wall.
    That's the first thing I saw when I googled kensington lock. I've scratched that option right off after viewing the video lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by todd51 View Post
    Careful, if you see this man hide your laptop!

    http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...87668346205814

    Just kidding: Yea most dorms highly recommend getting a lock to secure your computer to the desk or wall.

    huh... forget that lock!!

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    they come off even quicker with bolt cutters, but the point it to simply prevent 'snatch and grab' theft. if someone really wants to steal something, they will.
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    You can also get a combo kensington...I'm doing that and getting on of the software security things also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by todd51 View Post
    http://www.orbicule.com/undercover/

    Google is your friend!

    There is another really popular one that isn't just for Macs, can't remember the name of it though, can anyone refresh my memory?
    That looks good. I love the isight taking pics!!! I saw that in the news a little while ago, a lady's laptop. I was wondering if it was a Mac.

    So who thinks the Kensington cable and a software (Obicule/Lojack) would be good? Is the kensingon not even worth it? I would love to be able to go the bathroom without packing everything up at the ol' coffeeshop, etc.
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    Lock your dorm room door every time you leave. Novel I know but it works.

    There was a kid down the hall that had his PowerBook stolen when I was in college. There was a kid across the hall from my cuz that had his iPhone stolen. Although a pain, I always kept my dorm room door locked and I never had anything stolen.

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