Computer physical security device

  • US 5,493,878 A
  • Filed: 09/16/1994
  • Issued: 02/27/1996
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/24/1992
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. An apparatus for connecting to a portable device having an external wall provided with a specially designed generally rectangular slot having preselected dimensions, comprising:

  • a housing, said housing including a cable attachment mechanism;

    a first and a second locking leg generally parallel to each other and adapted for movement between an unlocked position and a locked position, each locking leg secured within said housing and extending from said housing a distance greater than a thickness of the external wall, said first locking leg including a first locking flange at a distal end and said second locking leg including a second locking flange at a distal end wherein said locking flanges oppose each other and are adapted to engage an inner surface of the external wall through the security slot;

    a key-actuated lock within said housing, said lock operable from a first position to a second position;

    a locking member, coupled to said key-actuated lock and responsive to operation of said lock, for moving between a retracted position within said housing when said lock is in said first position to an extended position between said locking legs when said lock is in said second position, said locking member moving said locking legs from said unlocked position to said locked position when moving from said retracted position to said extended position; and

    a cable, coupled to said cable attachment mechanism, for securing said housing to an object other than to the portable device.

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