LAN Party PC Security Tips

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  1. Graeme*Kustom*

    Graeme*Kustom* Administrator

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    Looking after your kit is paramount to your LAN experience – although thefts at LAN parties are not as common as some other festival type events, it has happened and the key thing to be aware of is that while event provided security will try and look out for and prevent suspicious activity, they can’t be everywhere all the time and ultimately it is your own responsibility to ensure your kit stays where you left it.

    First up, a few common sense rules that are worth being reminded of :

    • Don’t leave obvious valuables like phones, cameras or wallets on your desk. Ideally keep those on your person at all times.
    • Keep cars locked at all times – even when unloading or packing up at the start or end of an event don’t leave your vehicle open and unattended.
    • Get to know your row – recognise the people sitting around you, and if you see anyone else acting suspiciously then alert a nearby staff member.

    Now we’re going to look in detail about securing your PC and peripherals. For a desktop PC system, I’d recommend the Kensington K64615EU Desk Cable & Peripheral Security Kit. Besides a snappy name that rolls off the tongue, this includes everything you should need to keep your PC and it’s peripherals safe.

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    Shown above – security cable, lock with two keys, cleaning wipe, two security slot locks, one adhesive security clamp, one peripheral cable clamp.
    So, you have arrived at LAN safe and sound, with your PC and peripherals (and hopefully power cables, there’s always someone who forgets). Get unpacked and leave yourself some free desk space.

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    Next up, loop the security cable around the inner frame of the table – don’t tie it round the base of the leg, as then the table could easily just be lifted up. If you use a part of the frame with closed ends then the cable cannot be removed (the folding tables typically used at events are ideal for this).

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    For devices with security slots (most TFT monitors and laptops have this, with a few tower cases offering the slot as well. It can also be found on some external hard disks) – insert the latch with the two portions separated, then rotate 90 degrees, and slide the two portions together. You’ll note that in this form, the latch cannot be removed without rotating it, and it can’t be rotated with the two sections pushed together. So when the security cable is put through, the latch cannot be removed from the screen.

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    For cases that have a security slot, repeat the process above, but for the majority you’ll need to attach the adhesive clamp. Locate a flat area on a fixed part of the case (in other words, not on a removable part like a side panel) – usually that means somewhere on the rear or top of the case, and consider the direction of the security cable to make sure that it’s not going to get in the way of peripheral connection. Clean the area with the included wipe, peel off the adhesive backing and attach the clamp with a firm push. This part takes a few hours to fully set so ideally wait before putting the cable through this part right away to avoid pulling it back off the case.

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    Now you can use the peripheral clamp to secure three USB cables – typically keyboard, mouse and headphones – so that they are tied into the chain as well. Make sure if you’re using headphones with a detachable cable section that the part of the cable joined to the headphones is in the clamp, and not the removable extension. Slide the cables into the clamp – when the security cable is fed through this will prevent the peripherals from being removed.

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    Feed the security cable through all the peripheral clamps and latches. Attach the lock to the end of the security cable, turn the key and remove. Keep the keys with you at all times.

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    Another useful addition to secure PC internals are these Security Screws – these are secured internally and have a smooth edge so can’t be removed by fingers or regular tools. They’re an ideal way to secure graphics cards, hard disks or even on the whole side panel. They’re 6/32 threads – so will work on most cases except for Lian Li which uniquely use M3 threads for the expansion and side panel screws.

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    For laptop systems, the Belkin F8E550ea Notebook Security Lock or Sweex Notebook Security Lock PA202 can be fitted to the security slot using the same techniques shown for the monitor above.

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    Further, for notebook users wanting to secure peripherals like mouse and headset, this peripheral clamp can be added to either of the above locks to secure the peripherals to the same chain.

    These products can be purchase from Kustom’s LAN Security page (http://www.kustompcs.co.uk/acatalog/LAN_Security.html)
     
  2. eSparkHunter

    eSparkHunter eSpark Lan Manager

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    I was going to say, I use the watercooling loop holes you get on most cases. And run a Bike lock through it :) Nice tips though. I like the perihpal lock.. this is handy :)
     
  3. razer121

    razer121 learning grammar :)

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    The only thing is, i have found a lan partys not many people tend to steal all your stuff, anyone else agree?
     
  4. Graeme*Kustom*

    Graeme*Kustom* Administrator

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    It's rarely a problem at events less than 50 people in size, everyone tends to know each other anyway.

    At larger events, it's an issue that does crop up - commonly with small things like peripherals, occasionally with whole computers.
     
  5. DexDiner

    DexDiner Gumpcom Survivor

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    Yes and no.

    I've never had stuff go missing but I have heard of other people's stuff sprouting legs and walking at the bigger LANs, some of which I been at (one of the guys I know from epic had his ipad stolen). I've had kensington locks for some time but the last epic LAN was the first time I actually used one. The reason is simple, it was the first time I had used my laptop as my main lan rig and I was fearful for it. It's pretty easy for someone walking by to lift a mouse, a keyboard, a mobile phone or an ipad. It's not that much harder to fold and lift a laptop.