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iPad Security Tips to Enhance your iPad Secure

The iPad is a great device in so many different ways, and although it is not as vulnerable as a standard or PC, there are still security threats to consider when operating the tablet computer in uncertain environments.  Here are a few iPad security tips that I would strongly recommend that you should follow to enhance your iPad secure.

Enable Passcode Lock

All iPads ship with powerful hardware encryption built-in, but you need to enable it. The simplest way to do that is to set a passcode on your iPad: As soon as you do, your data will be automatically encrypted. To enable a passcode, go to Settings -> General -> Passcode Lock and then enter a four-digit code twice. If you’d like to be extra-safe, you can turn the Simple Passcode option on that same page off; you can then use longer codes. While you’re there, you should also set Require Passcode for no more than 15 minutes and turn Erase Data on. (Technically, the iPad deletes your encryption key, not the actual data, but that’s faster and just as effective.)

All modern iOS devices also come with a second layer of encryption, called Data Protection. While the basic encryption enabled by turning on passcodes protects all of the data on the device (including your apps), it can be bypassed by jailbreaking. Data protection encrypts your e-mail messages and their attachments; it can’t be broken even if the passcode is stripped by jailbreaking. Data protection is also available for programmers to use in apps, but few take advantage of it. (At this time, there aren’t any jailbreaks for the iPad 2, so the basic encryption is still safe; but that probably won’t last forever).

Don’t install untrustworthy apps

You’re largely on your own whenever downloading a third-party app or, even more perilously, when jail-breaking your iPad and downloading apps from Cydia. Apple doesn’t extensively test third-party iPad apps and could care less about your safety with Cydia offerings, so it’s up to you to check around the web for reports about security vulnerabilities associated with any non-Apple product you plan to install.

Disable Bluetooth when not in use

While there are some legitimate reasons for keeping the iPad’s Bluetooth short-range wireless function continuously running (such as using an external wireless keyboard), the capability also provides an open door for data spies. Unless you’re actually using a Bluetooth accessory, you can bolster your iPad’s security, and even save a little battery life by disabling the connection (Settings > General > Bluetooth > Off).

Enable Remote Wipe and Remote Passcode Lock

If you are a subscriber to the MobileMe service from Apple then you can use two remote security features as well.  Remote Wipe allows you to remotely erase all the data on  your iPad from anywhere you have an Internet connection.  Remote Passcode Lock allows you to set up a passcode remotely.  This is perfect if you have left your iPad somewhere and just want to protect it without erasing all your data.  You go to the MobileMe site and set a passcode so that no one can turn it on and access your data.

Use a virtual private network.

By using encryption technology, a VPN creates a secure tunnel through the internet. “If you’re connecting back into the office to transfer documents, have your firm’s IT resources department set up a VPN connection for your iPad,” Birnbaum advises. “This will make all your transfers secure and unhackable.” To activate a VPN on your iPad, tap Settings > General > Network > VPN > Add VPN Configuration and then enter the data given to you by your firm’s IT guru or VPN service provider.

So how do you protect your iPad and keep your iPad sesure?  Are you concerned with it? Let us know in the comments.