The iPad tablet computer was released by Apple Inc. in 2010 and has since become one of the fastest-selling computer products in history. Between 2010 and March 2012, more than 55 million iPads were sold. The demand for the iPad has increased steadily over time. The high popularity and value of this device can make it sought after by thieves. To prevent data theft and help owners locate lost units, several useful security features can be used on the iPad.
Set a passcode to prevent unauthorized users from accessing the iPad. Press the "Settings" button from the default iPad home screen and then select "General." Select "Passcode Lock."
Tap the "Turn Passcode On" button, located at the top of the "Passcode Lock" screen. A prompt for the new code appears.
Enter a four-digit passcode and re-enter it when prompted. Choose a code that is not be easy for somebody else to guess. Avoid using common codes, such as digits from your phone number or birthday.
Enable more complex passcodes if you desire greater security. Deselect the check box option labeled "Simple Passcode" on the "Passcode Lock" options screen. Type a passcode that is more than four digits. The more characters used in the code, the more secure it is.
Require the iPad to ask for the passcode after a specified short period. Press the "Require Passcode" option on the "Passcode Lock" settings screen. Choose a time that is no greater than 15 minutes. The iPad will require the passcode after it has been off or asleep for the set time. If this time has not elapsed, the tablet can be used without the code.
Activate the "Erase Data" option. Toggle this feature to "On" from the "Passcode Lock" options screen. When this feature is on, the iPad will automatically erase all data if an incorrect passcode is entered 10 times. The data can later be reloaded from a backup, if needed.
Turn on private browsing to prevent people from seeing the browsing and login history on the iPad. Press the "Settings" button from the main iPad screen. Select the tab marked "Safari."
Toggle the option to "On" in the Private Browsing box. Normal Web browsing is not affected by this setting; however, passwords and history will not be saved.
Clear the browsing history, cookies, and cache data frequently. This is especially important when other users have access to the iPad. On the Safari page of the Settings panel, click both "Clear History" and "Clear Cookies and Data" to remove each record.
Set up the "Find My iPad" feature to locate the device if it is lost or stolen. Press the "Settings" button from the main iPad view. Select "iCloud" and enable the box marked "Find My iPad."
Browse to the iCloud.com website from a computer to locate a lost iPad. Log in using the username and password associated with your Apple account. Click the "Find My iPhone" icon.
Review the list of devices in the "My Devices" box. Locate the name that matches the lost iPad and click on the associated icon. A map appears with a marker indicating the location of the iPad.
Click the blue "i" icon on the map to display a list of options. Press "Display Sound or Send Message" to remotely send a notification to the iPad's screen. Select "Remote Lock" to secure the iPad.
Choose the "Remote Wipe" option to completely erase all data on the lost or stolen device. This ensures that even if an unauthorized person is able to access the iPad, sensitive information remains inaccessible.
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