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Originally Posted by Zero4549 View Post

As for the screws, another great idea, but do you have any idea what threading is used for thumb screws? Also, if you have any idea, what would you consider to be the least-common type of screw/screwdriver set that I could still easily obtain?

That USB protector is a cool idea too, but it wont work in this situation. We've only got 1 5.25 bay available on most of these matx rigs and it'll have to be taken up by an optical drive. It also won't do anything about audio cables (headphones and speakers). It's on the right track though. Do you know anything like it that sits externally to the computer, or resides perhaps in an expansion slot?

IIRC, most cases use UNC threads for the thumbscrews. If the MDPC site was up I'd be able to be more specific as Nils carries the exact hex screw for most UNC case windings. The only solution I can think of that doesn't bolt to the desk or a 5.25" bay is a short pad lock with 2 holes drilled into the top of the case. You would snake the U part of the lock from the inside of the case through a hole in the top then twist it so it lines up with a second hole drilled in the top...Then insert all of the cables through the padlock U, then close and lock it which would prevent any of them being removed, which would then be covered with a second layer of security by the side panel. I personally wouldn't trust one of those whimpy security cables threaded through a thin tab on the rear of the case. Three to ten bends and that tab would be as weak as aluminum foil and the thief would make off with the entire rig.

I think you have to get in the mindset of a thief. Go through a scenario of trying to steal the rig yourself and think about how you would tackle it if it was a life or death situation. I think the only way to truly secure it is to drill a hole in both side panels and thread a cable through the center of the rig so all panels (and frame along with it) are physically secured to each other, providing an additional layer of security...with the cable being threaded through an eye-bolt in the desk or a nearby bed or heater radiator.

I can attest to the difficulty of removing one of those security hex and security torqx screws without the proper key. It took me nearly 20 minutes of dremelling to grind out the center nub enough for a normal bit to work with it when I misplaced the security bit storage box. By that time the average thief would have been discovered.

If the rig must be left alone for an extended period of time I'd suggest a cheap webcam or security cam system that can at least record the face of the thief in case of theft. The systems are getting cheap lately and it's a surefire way to at least track down the thief if the rig does happen to get stolen.
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