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Targus PA410U DEFCON CL Notebook Computer Cable Lock

by Targus
3 customer reviews

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  • Cable Length - 6.5-Feet
  • Cable Material - Galvanized steel
  • Up to 10,000 user-settable combinations
  • Locking Device - Up to 10,000 user-settable combinations
  • Locking Device - Up to 10,000 user-settable combinations

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Targus PA410U DEFCON CL Notebook Computer Cable Lock + Targus Security Base Plate
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 5.1 x 15.2 cm ; 50 g
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Item model number: PA410U
  • ASIN: B000031XCM
  • Date first available at Sept. 25 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #35,804 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
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Nearly 1,000 notebook computers are stolen everyday - protect your notebook computer and its valuable data with this affordable security product - the DEFCON CL. The Targus DEFCON Combo Lock (CL) is 6.5 feet of cut-resistant, galvanized steel cable that loops around any secure object and easily attaches to your notebooks lock slot. Our DEFCON CL features a user-settable combination lock with up to 10,000 possible settings.


With up to 10,000 user-settable combinations, the DEFCON Cable Lock is the first notebook security product to offer the benefits and convenience of a keyless solution. The Targus DEFCON CL uses 6.5 feet (2 meters) of cut-resistant, galvanized steel cable to attach your notebook computer to any secure object. Simply loop the lock around a desk or chair, then insert the DEFCON CL into your notebook's lock slot and set the combination. The included security base plate provides another convenient way to lock down a notebook or desktop computer equipped with a security lock slot.

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By Ben Rajoo on July 13 2015
I have used the Kensington keyed locks before, but did not want to deal with the hassle of misplacing/losing the key, so I went for this combination lock! What a mistake! Too bad I could not give this Targus PA410 DEFCON combination lock a lower rating!!! I love the Targus brand and have used their laptop bags and backpacks for years now, so when I read reviews on many sites giving this lock a poor review due to the combination lock suddenly failing to unlock, I thought just their bad luck, maybe they just forgot the combination! Well I gave it a try and within 2 weeks of intermittent use, it failed to OPEN with the correct combination. I tried a few combinations on either side of each digit and after about the 10th try, I used a plier, without much effort to force the button down and removed it from my laptop without any damage to the laptop. I then placed it on a concrete floor and struck it with a 16oz hammer, not too hard and it split into pieces. In my experience, this is a poorly constructed piece of junk masquerading as an anti-theft device! Save your money and frustration and buy something else.
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By TK on Oct. 1 2014
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good solid lock and cable. I ordered 2. Curiously, one came with a preset combination and the other had the capability of setting your own combination. Both work well.
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By aline belley on Sept. 15 2014
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as expected
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137 of 155 people found the following review helpful
Changing Combos March 15 2006
By Madame Butterfly - Published on
I am a student living in a dorm situation and so wanted some basic protection for my lap top computer. I purchased the defcon cl because it was inexpensive, widely availible, and easy to use. Unfortunately, it has one major drawback, occasionally it decides to change the number combinationss which unlock it. I went to the company website and they suggested trying the numbers immediately around the combination and if that failed trying all the number combinations possible (there are 10,000). Several hours, one blister, and 1787 combinations later, I got frustrated and used a jewelers saw to cut through the connection to my computer (this solution took only five minutes). I would not suggest this lock to anyone who lacks the patience to try trial and error experimentation until they reach the correct combination, nor anyone attending a school with a metalsmithing program.
61 of 67 people found the following review helpful
Combination mysteriously changed April 30 2006
By Sheetal Patel - Published on
I had been using the lock for my laptop for the past 4 months without any trouble. All of a sudden, today, as I went to pick up the lock, which had been left untouched in the open position overnight with my combination in it, it decided to change combinations by itself. So it was in the locked position but the combination is still the one I had set. I tried so many combinations 'around' mine but obviously there are so many different possibilites. The fact that I even have to try to think of what combination my lock decided to change itself to today makes this a lock I can't rely on!
71 of 81 people found the following review helpful
Lock changes combination by itself - Do not buy Sept. 2 2006
By LGI - Published on
I have been using this lock for a few months without changing the combination. Suddenly I could no longer open it as it appears that the lock has changed its combination by itself.

I called engineering in the hotel I was staying in to help me. It took them less than a minute to cut the cable with ordinary pliers.
21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Not For Apple ibook Sept. 8 2005
By J. Katz - Published on
DO NOT BUY IF YOU HAVE AN iBOOK!! It slides in easily, but it is almost impossible to get out. I had to call their support line and they told me to apply pressure in the upper left corner (lower right corner if the lock is upside down). Even after doing that, it took me 10 minutes before I finally got it out. When I called, the guy asked me if I had an ibook before anything else. He then told me that they are tight in the ibooks and people have trouble getting them out. It is not worth the struggle if you have an ibook. I highly do not recommend this product for apple ibooks.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Don't Buy "d Jan. 6 2008
By BIG JIM - Published on
on Jan.6,2008 I bought my son a "Defcon CL" combo cable lock. I brought it home ,picked a combination and tried it 3 times and it worked all 3 times!! I then went and put it on my son's computer and guess what? I can't get it off. I guess it changed the combination on it's own. WONDERFUL!!!!
I then read all the wonderful reviews about this lock. I hope there are people who will read this before they buy.