How to Remove Kensington “Microsaver” Lock without the Key?

Not directly computer related, but does anyone know how to remove Kensington “microsaver” lock, if you don’t have the key? Have contacted Kensington directly, but it seems there’s no master key for the microsaver locks, so we have to use a hacksaw if the user loses both sets of keys and it’s connected to a laptop.

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  1. Lewis Moore
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    Many barrel locks can be compromised with the body of a Bic pen. Refer to bicycle u-locks for examples of this.

    • Jordan Butler
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      Shall look into it.

      • Lewis Moore
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        There are many ways to exploit the barrel lock. I can attest to the easiness with which the Bic pen barrel works. But only on locks that are not re-engineered to fix this issue.

  2. Mike Hall
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    Many barrel locks can be compromised with the body of a Bic pen. Refer to bicycle u-locks for examples of this.

    • Jordan Butler
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      Shall look into it.

      • Daniel Davis
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        There are many ways to exploit the barrel lock. I can attest to the easiness with which the Bic pen barrel works. But only on locks that are not re-engineered to fix this issue.

  3. Frank Ross
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    • Jordan Butler
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      Doesn’t seem to work for this type of lock :/

      • Frank Ross
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        For me, they look the same have you tried to force the cover till the end? It’s the hardest part.

  4. Nathan
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    If you want something quick and easy without tools just bend the lock up and down with the laptop and desk and it will pop out. You won’t be able to lock it up again as the laptop body is compromised.

    • Jordan Butler
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      Compromising the laptop like that isn’t an option.

      • Nathan
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        Fair enough. Its what the theiving so and sos do in retail stores round here.

  5. Scott Robinson
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    Bolt cutters worked quickly without compromising laptop body for us over here.

    • Jordan Butler
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      Could you show which type, as the maintenance lad here said bolt cutters wouldn’t be able to get into the tight space?

      • Scott Robinson
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        I didn’t think it would work either, but we called our buildings maintenance team and they used a standard bolt cutter. The trick is… it doesn’t have to fit in that little space. Get as close as u can, and the cutters will warp the lock body assembly and give a clean cut. The lock will be toast but the laptop undamaged.

  6. Barry White
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    • Jordan Butler
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      From my understanding, Kensington makes master keys for these locks, but I think said locks cost a lot more than the locks I use now. Have implemented a system for any locks we put into place since a few months back, but the locks that give me trouble don’t have the option of a master key.

      • Dale Hunter
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        this video is a DAMNED LIE!
        the cardboard is too weak it collapses before it can effectively turn anything.

        • Barry White
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          My instructor played this during CISSP training, lol.

  7. Dean Knight
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    I had a few of these cross my path. I used a Dremel, just hollow out the barrel.

  8. Kieran Cook
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    You guys do realize a lot of times stores/companies cable lock things for insurance liability not because it’s secure.

  9. Deontae Keebler
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    • Jordan Butler
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      I found a few YouTube videos, saying to use hardboard, biros, etc. I tried, but it didn’t work. All the locks in the videos were similar in design but different to the ones my company uses.

      The “master key” has to order with the keys, but will only work on those keys. And said keys are a different model to the keys we use currently. As the only locks we have the issue are the ones already in place, said videos were of no use.

      I have pretty much given up hope of finding a way to do so without the hacksaw. The small bolt-cutters that fit in between the lock and laptop or docking station lacks the power to cut the lock, and the large boltcutter won’t fit between the lock and laptop.

  10. Claud Swaniawski
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    Southord tubular lock picks, also Chinese copies of the same, or a plastic pen cap. First time I tried the Southord pick I opened a 7 pin tubular lock within 5 seconds. From that, I could then decode the lockpick to make a new key. It’s not a very secure lock at all.

  11. Jamarcus Nikolaus
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    Try a Dremel with a cutting wheel. Create an air gap and try to have the hands of a skilled surgeon so as not to damage the finish on your precious box. Or drill the lock. Or I could be wrong I don’t even know what it looks like.

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