How to maximize security and privacy while you enjoy convenience and entertainment with your iPad, wherever you happen to be.
iPads and other tablet computers are everywhere: in the coffee shop, at your children’s school, at your book club, at the department store. Chances are, you or someone you know uses a tablet computer regularly. But should you be worried about security? Are tablet computers like the iPad any less secure than a standard laptop?
Some dos and don’ts for keeping your iPad secure
Although iPad devices are safer than most, their popularity makes them an attractive target for would-be cybervillains. Since Apple has made a point of building a lot of privacy features into all of their devices and operating systems, why not use them to your advantage?
Do make sure you’re using a good lock screen passcode.
Do pay attention to your surroundings, and change your privacy settings accordingly. For example, if you’re concerned about privacy and security while you’re sitting at the airport, consider disabling notification center, control center, and Siri from your lock screen. (Don’t worry, you’ll still have Touch ID for quick access).
Do a little research about how two-factor authentication may provide your iPad and your digital information with an extra level of security.
Don’t take your browser history privacy for granted. Consider Norton Secure VPN, which lets your encrypt your personal information and doesn’t track or store your online activity or location.
Don’t share your location information, just because the app asks for it. One good way to secure your information (and save some battery life) is to go to Settings > Privacy > and turn off location for all apps you don’t use regularly.
Do use good, strong passwords, and change them regularly. It may be a good idea to invest in a password manager to help you keep track.
Do be sure to promptly download and install any updates for your device’s operating system.
Don’t install any apps that override your device’s operating system (also called “jailbreaking”). Not only will these apps break much of your device’s built-in security, but you’ll void your device’s warranty.
Do make sure “Find My iPad” is enabled on your device. This feature allows you to locate and remotely wipe your iPad if it’s ever lost or stolen.
With these best practices, you’ll be able to securely enjoy the entertainment and convenience of your iPad, no matter where you happen to be.
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Alison Grace Johansen is a freelance writer who covers cybersecurity and consumer topics. Her background includes law, corporate governance, and publishing.
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