- Donâ€™t leave it lying around
Although this is common sense, youâ€™ve probably violated this rule more than once. iPads are easy targets for thieves, so donâ€™t let it out of your sight when in a public place â€“ and donâ€™t leave it in plain view in your car or you might end up with a broken window in addition to a stolen iPad.
- Use a passcode
Although itâ€™s not 100% hacker-proof, it will block unauthorized users from accessing your information.
- 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.
- Sign up for MobileMe
As mentioned opposite, this software will allow you to locate a lost iPad and, if itâ€™s not recoverable, you can remotely wipe the device of your private information.
- 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.
- Install software updates
As with all software, make sure you have the latest security updates and patches installed to protect against hackers and viruses.
- Only connect to trusted WiFi networks
Public WiFis are open territory for hackers and identity thieves. Whenever you connect, make sure itâ€™s a legitimate, secure connection.