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cable lock In the security context, a device designed to keep a computer system firmly attached to the physical environment in which it is installed. Cable locks come in various sizes and some are equipped with audible alarm systems.

continuous power system Also known as a battery backup in some cases, a continuous power system allows your system to continue to operate through brownouts and short blackouts.

floppy drive lock A disk-shaped device with a key lock protruding from one end. When inserted into a floppy drive and locked, a floppy drive lock prevents unauthorized disk insertions.

physical security The security of the physical environment surrounding a computer system—rooms, locks, and users.

power cycle The process of disconnecting power from the computer and then adding power again. A power cycle generally has the effect of restarting the system.

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