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How to Physically Secure Your Dell Computer or Monitor

Summary: You can secure you Dell desktop, laptop, docking stations or monitors with a cable, using the security slot.

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What Is a Kensington or Noble Security Slot?

Dell devices such as desktops, laptops, docking stations and monitors are equipped with a security slot to secure your property by means of a cable.

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

Noble security lock

Dell premium laptop lock

Kensington Laptop Lock on the right side

Kensington Laptop Lock on the left side

What Is a Padlock Ring?

Dell desktops 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 computers are equipped with security slots as well. For example, the features of OptiPlex 9010 can be found in the OptiPlex 9010 Setup and Features Information manual located on the OptiPlex 9010 Online Manual Page.

Padlock ring on Vostro 3030s desktop on the back panel

Kensington or Noble security lock slot on Vostro 3030s desktop on the back panel

Additional Resources

  1. To determine what security slot is present on your Dell device, find the Manuals and Documentation for your Dell Product, look for a Quick Start Guide or Service Manual.
  2. Purchase a security cable.
  3. Wikipedia article on the Kensington Security Slot.
  4. Noble Locks Website.

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Last Published Date

24 May 2024



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How To