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How to Physically Secure Your Dell Computer or Monitor

What Is a Kensington Security Slot?

Dell devices such as laptops, docking stations and monitors are equipped with Kensington Security Slots (Figure 1) to secure your property.

Security Slot on D-Port
Figure 1 Security slot on a D-port docking station.

The location varies by product, but here is a brief description of where the slot can be found:

Device Location
Laptop Left or right side of the chassis
Docking Station Right side of the chassis, next to the Undock button
Monitor Rear of the monitor, normally on the right side as you face the monitor

What Is a Padlock Ring?

Dell desktop computers are equipped with a padlock ring on the rear of the chassis to prevent unauthorized entry to the inside of the case. Newer Dell desktop computer are equipped with Kensington Security Slots as well. An example of these features can be found in the OptiPlex 790 Setup and Features Information guide.

Additional Resources

  1. Wikipedia article on Kensington Security Slot
  2. Purchase a Kensington Lock

Article ID: SLN130148

Last Date Modified: 09/21/2017 03:51 PM

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