02-07-2012 04:31 AM
What are the pros/cons for revealing the serial number of ie. lenovo laptop in pictures taken of it with a camera, when posting the pictures on the internet ?
For example can someone use the serial to register it somewhere and eventually do something I wouldn't want done?
What I'm aware of so far is ability to register product via its serial number on lenovo site and see what its components are and when warranty expires...
I'm also aware that serial number can be tracked down to the name of the person that bought it(and name/address obviously). But not by any normal user, but rather by those involved in selling the product like manufacturer and 3rd party seller.
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02-07-2012 07:15 AM
It's never a good idea to post a serial number publicly, such as here on the open forum. Using it for a parts lookup or to check warranty status is safe enough.
I'm not going to get into the various ways that serial numbers are misused, that might give some people bad ideas.
If you are going to post pics, mask the serial number. Also, keep the MS COA number hidden. That can also be misused.
Model and Type numbers are okay to post. In fact, we require those most times in order to help members.
02-08-2012 01:52 AM
02-08-2012 02:13 AM
I suppose that it depends on what you're using the pics for.
The COA is the license for the operating system. Lenovo has been putting them under the battery, so if that is where yours is, it's most likely hidden unless you take the battery out.
I'm glad you like your machine. Good luck with your pics.
02-08-2012 03:15 AM - edited 02-08-2012 04:24 AM
Thanks Dave, I had FreeDos which means no OS serials yey
by the way all the pics are here: http://picasaweb.google.com/theatrical7
for Lenovo Z575 P/N: 59-3166662Y
EDIT: btw, my main hope with putting the pictures up is that someone like me would enjoy seeing them before deciding to purchase this laptop, I know I would've enjoyed and it would've helped me in deciding towards purchasing it, and even doing it without them was a good idea.
02-08-2012 04:27 AM
Nice pics. I only see one pic with a serial number in it. If you got rid of that one, you'd be safe.
02-08-2012 04:39 AM
There are also some bios screens showing serial number and other pics which when zoomed in can show the serial, also the serial number of the wireless mouse is seen when zoomed in. It's fine as they are, if not, I guess I'll see what happens and learn it the hard way
Thanks for your replies, good day!
02-08-2012 05:22 AM