Top Tips for Secure iPad Use
With each subsequent release, new Apple devices, such as the iPad, improve on the previous models. Not only does this go for tech improvements, but security features as well. Right now, the iPad is one of the most secure tablets around. Indeed, there are no remote attacks that can plague this device, so users can enjoy it without threat of serious viruses.
That said, there will always be security issues regarding loss and theft. And in today’s world, where people store so much vital personal data on devices like these, data loss can be devastating. Here are some security tips all iPad owners can utilize to ensure their mobile devices are as safe as possible.
This may seem like a no-brainer, but many people don’t take advantage of the iPad’s built-in encryption system. Not only that, but many people don’t know that there are multiple layers of encryption. For example, to enable a basic passcode all the user needs to do is turn on their iPad and go to Settings > General > Passcode Lock and then enter the required four-digit code. This is a good, basic security feature, but it won’t protect data in the event of jailbreaking.
The second layer of encryption is Data Protection, which protects data even in the event of jailbreak. Data Protection can be enabled by scrolling to the bottom of the screen after setting a basic passcode and ensuring that the “Data Protection” field is enabled.
To completely customize the encryptions, users can access the iPhone Configuration Utility by tapping Configuration Profile > New > Select Passcode and then choosing a passcode. On the next pane will be many security options and settings the user can configure to their needs.
Turn on remote wipe
This is a useful feature that wipes the device clean in the event it is lost or stolen and some third party connects to the Internet with it. That said, this feature is not enabled through the device itself. Those with a MobileMe account can do so by enabling Find My iPad in their settings options. Those who have access to a Microsoft Exchange server can wipe their devices using ActiveSync support, but they need to go through their It administrator in order to do so.
Adhere to daily safety practices
After setup, it’s important to adopt habits that make daily use of the iPad more secure. These habits include:
· Using a VPN to make network connections as secure as possible.
· Use only secure connections for email.
· Use secure email servers such as Enterprise or Good.
Those who do wind up losing their iPad should immediately change all passwords for services – Dropbox, iDisk, etc. – that they connected to from that particular device.
These are just a few things to keep in mind when considering the overall security of an iPad. Those who are worried about security should also consider using mobile apps — like 1 Password Pro – to assist with passcode selection and web security.
Benson Garrod is a digital content strategist for Salvage Data, a company offering data recovery services in Washington, DC, Boston, NY, and other major cities. He enjoys keeping up with the latest trends in data recovery, smart phone apps, new gadgets, and other fun tech stuff!
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