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iPad Security Tips – Simple Ways to Keep it Safe

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Although the iPad is a effective tool for many professionals because it offers portability, fast access to information, ubiquitous connectivity, and a simple user interface, it’s not without security issues. The downside is that the iPad is the best thing to happen to data snoops and thieves since the arrival of Wi-Fi.

It’s not that the iPad is inherently insecure. The main problem is the way that iPad users treat their device. Sometimes we forget the iPad is more than a book rather than a multipurpose computing device that holds large amounts of your personal and private information in e-mail messages, contact lists, and apps for social networks.  Therefore, it is susceptible to a wide variety of attacks.

Fortunately, with a little planning and some common sense, you can keep your iPad safe and secure from thieves, hackers, and a variety of outside threats. Here’s how to get started:

  1. Don’t leave it lying around - Although this is common sense, you’ve probably violated this rule more than once. iPads are easy targets for thieves, so don’t let it out of your sight when in a public place – and don’t leave it in plain view in your car or you might end up with a broken window in addition to a stolen iPad.
  2. Use a passcode - Although it’s not 100% hacker-proof, it will block unauthorized users from accessing your information.  To access the passcode feature, follow this path on your iPad: Settings –> General —> Passcode Lock
  3. Enable Auto-Lock - This is a must. This feature sets your device to auto-lock after a certain period of time. To enable this feature, go to Settings —> General —-> Auto-Lock.
  4. Consider enabling automatic data erasing – You can configure your iPad to erase your data after 10 failed passcode attempts. Clearly this is not a good solution for anyone who constantly forgets a password or those who have kids who might try to endlessly log in to use your iPad.
  5. Sign up for MobileMe - As mentioned opposite, this software will allow you to locate a lost iPad and, if it’s not recoverable, you can remotely wipe the device of your private information.
  6. Limit its capabilities - You can set your iPad to restrict certain functions such as access to Safari, YouTube, installing applications and explicit media content using a passcode. In the corporate world, an IT administrator could set these restrictions for company owned devices. At home, you can use this to restrict what your children can do with your iPad.
  7. Install software updates - As with all software, make sure you have the latest security updates and patches installed to protect against hackers and viruses.
  8. Only connect to secure and trusted WiFi networks - Public WiFis are open territory for hackers and identity thieves. Whenever you connect, make sure it’s a legitimate, secure connection. If you want network access urgently, avoid handling sensitive online transactions, like online buying or checking emails, on such systems.
  9. Surf and Click Wisely - Even the most robust security application cannot protect against careless user habits.  When surfing the web, stay away from untrusted sites or installing applications without checking its authenticity.  Email is a favorite access point for infections, malware, and hackers.  Do not open mails from people you do not know or open attachment or click on links if it seems suspicious, even if the message was received by someone you know. chances are, they did not send it to you.

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