Talk:Kensington Security Slot

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Games Consoles[edit]

Witch games consoles actually have a lock on them? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 13:51, 5 April 2009 (UTC)


The xbox 360 has one, located on the side of the IO ports. It's in the plastic though and probably easy to remove if you don't care about destroying the plastic case -- (talk) 15:34, 24 May 2012 (UTC)

Lock Circumvention[edit]

Is that link to the video about how to bust the lock really necessary? I saw it got removed earlier, but was put back because "wikipedia is not censored". This isn't about offensive material, though. This is about outright telling people how to break these locks. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 00:52, 5 October 2007 (UTC)

I wouldn't be opposed to the video, if it was somehow explained in the article itself. I'd be interested to know how the lock works, and it's reliability. Apparently, if it can be opened with a thin piece of toilet paper cardboard, it's not that safe. Granted, it's better than nothing. But I digress, Wikipedia has to show the positive and negative of anything to have a neutral point of view. Miggyb (talk) 16:51, 6 January 2008 (UTC)

Another Kensington Lock[edit]

Now I may be mistaken, but IIRC, "Kensington Lock" is also a lock located on the Thames near Kensington. Can anyone, perhaps a Londoner, confirm or deny this? 13:30, 17 January 2007 (UTC)

Is this statement true and/or unbiased?[edit]

The Kensington lock is a good solution for busy offices, but given enough time and/or proper tools, thieves can easily circumvent it.

The proper tools for opening (certain) Kensington locks within a minute are a pencil, a roll of toilet paper and some tape. I guess you can indeed call it easily circumvented, but can you call it a good solution?

- personally I think the Kensington Lock is merely a deterrent, something you use in the office, coffee shop or library, where you are always nearby. It will prevent people from snatching a laptop locked with a Kensington lock. It won't prevent theft if the notebook is left alone for a period of time. JonC

JonC, Please provide proof that people actually use Kensington locks while in a coffee shop. I will be removing your comment shortly if you can not provide proof. IE a picture.


How would you attach them to a table? Are there tables with Kensington security slots too? -- Frap 10:18, 13 November 2006 (UTC)

- there is a loop at the end of the cable which you can then loop it around a secure area. JonC

Yup, normally a small loop at the end. You pass the lock body end around an object and through the loop, like a running bowline. (talk) 16:17, 10 May 2008 (UTC)


I have heard that the lock holes in laptops are near / a part of the CPU cooler system. Thus if somebody was to pull out the lock by force, CPU would get damaged. JohnnyBatina 14:56, 13 July 2007 (UTC)

Not really. The best place for the lock hole is in the chassis, so that it has the most resistance to being forced out. This has a side effect of causing damage to the laptop should someone try. NeoThermic 01:07, 13 November 2007 (UTC)

"Mechanical PIN device"[edit]

"Locks are generally secured in place with a ... mechanical PIN device" --

(a) "mechanical PIN device" is apparently what is properly called a "combination lock", but I don't know how to straighten out the syntax of this sentence.
(b) PIN links to Personal identification number, but that article seems to have nothing relevant to this context.

-- (talk) 16:43, 31 August 2008 (UTC)

Yeah, I agree. Fixed. (talk) 07:00, 1 February 2009 (UTC)

The attached video is no longer available[edit]

the video is no longer available, the link should be removed ( —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:27, 22 October 2008 (UTC)

There is a copy up @ daily motion (talk) 13:48, 7 October 2009 (UTC)

History of the lock[edit]

It would be nice if someone could provide information on how the lock came into being. There must have been a kind of "chicken and egg" problem because the lock is no good without equipment having the right "hole", and there's no point putting the hole on equipment if there are no locks available. How did it happen? —Preceding unsigned comment added by Broadya (talkcontribs) 12:48, 24 March 2009 (UTC)

I second this (talk) 04:18, 16 September 2009 (UTC)


While one could argue that the absence of a kensington slot is in fact an alternative to presence of one, it does not seem appropriate to mention the MacBook Air in the alternatives section. I found that the phrase "a notable exception" adds too much flair to what should be an impartial and neutral article. Thoughts? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 04:35, 4 August 2011 (UTC)

any patients on this? why Kensington security slot?[edit]

Why is this article called "Kensington Security Slot"? Is that name in common usage? I have never heard it personally. Does Kensington has a patient on it? Do other laptop manufactures license this technology from Kensington? Jason Quinn (talk) 03:02, 6 April 2013 (UTC)

They do have patents, yes. I've provided a little more information. It would be interesting to know whether companies were required to license the slot - I suspect in fact that they want it put in, so they can sell the locks. GreenReaper (talk) 20:32, 20 May 2015 (UTC)

Picture of the slot[edit]

If I came to this article wondering whether my laptop *had* a K-slot, wouldn't it be really helpful to show a picture of one? Marnanel (talk) 10:36, 18 May 2013 (UTC)

Per request, I have added a picture with the lock slot not obscured by a lock. Sorry I didn't see your request until just now. Reify-tech (talk) 04:48, 7 July 2015 (UTC)

Designed in 1999 !?[edit]

Kensington locks have been used on computers and the like since at least the 1980s. What is meant by "designed / patented in 1999"? Even if they were so remiss as to not patent it til a decade or more later (and wouldn't that invalidate it?), if "design" means, well, design, then 1999 is way too late.

If this is some misunderstanding please correct me, and consider making it clear in the article. (talk) 02:51, 23 August 2015 (UTC)

The Kensington corporation[edit]

Links to the company redirect to the slot (this article). While the security slot is their most popular product, it's not the only one. And the company itself has a history and facts about it beyond the slot.

Thus I think it's not fair that links to Kensington as a corporation redirect here when the reader wants to know about it (for example I clicked on a Kensington link under a trackball image because I wanted to know about their history with trackballs, but got the security slot instead). ¬Hexafluoride (talk) 00:16, 17 April 2016 (UTC)

I agree, there should be a separate article for the Kensington Corporation. The redirect to here is useless, and should be removed. Reify-tech (talk) 00:45, 17 April 2016 (UTC)
@Hexafluoride: Normally I would suggest you be bold and create the article, however there has been an article before but it was merged into this one due to notability concerns. If you can find more reliable coverage, I would think the article could stand by itself. —EncMstr (talk) 16:53, 17 April 2016 (UTC)
@EncMstr: Since the security slot itself is notable, the company that produced it is too (be it the products, or the specification). It's also produces a line of trackball mice that are famous and well known.
The merge that was proposed was the slot into the company article, instead the opposite happened! I don't see consensus on the proposal, so why was it merged? ¬Hexafluoride (talk) 17:03, 17 April 2016 (UTC)

kensington — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:41, 18 April 2016 (UTC)

@ ¬Hexafluoride (talk) 16:47, 20 April 2016 (UTC)

Patent expiration?[edit]

The article claims that the K Slot was patented around 2000, but gives no reference. Can somebody find the patent(s) and add them? If it was a design patent, it doesn't expire; otherwise, it should be expiring around now. I don't know if that has any implications, since Kensington seems to have already licensed its design widely. Reify-tech (talk) 19:50, 29 July 2017 (UTC)