July 02, 2015

Q: How can I secure my laptop when my grandchild's around? He pries the keys off whenever he gets the chance!

A: A toddler bent on destruction can pose a formidable challenge. But you can win this one. You can go a couple of different routes here. There are some free pieces of software that you can install, such as ToddlerKeys, that will generate sounds to alert you when someone is pressing on your keyboard when it isn't supposed to be in use. But the best tack to take is simply to take away the temptation. When you're not using your laptop or are otherwise in front of it, move it to higher ground or put it inside something your little dis-assembler doesn't have access to. Repairing a broken laptop keyboard can be pretty pricey. And the beauty of laptops is they're portable. So, rather than rely on a gadget to do your bidding, just remove the laptop from key-prying range by putting it out of reach.

Answered by Mitch Lipka


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