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IPad for School – Security

Here are some interesting articles from which will help you when using IPads and other handheld devices in the classroom.


Protecting your information on the iPad is on a lot of people’s minds these days. It’s easy to forget about it but once you read a story or see a news item where someone has lost information or had their iPad stolen then you might wonder how you can best protect your own information and identity. This article covers some of the best security practices that you can do right on the iPad and some apps that offer even more security.

Built-In iPad Security Features

Passcode Lock

You can set a passcode that you will need to enter each time you turn your iPad on or when you wake it up. To set the passcode:

Go to Settings > General > Passcode Lock and enter a 4-digit passcode, then enter it again to verify it. You can also turn it off or change it from here as well. If you forget the passcode, you will need to restore the iPad software so make sure it is something you remember. Some additional settings with your passcode are the the following.

Set how long before your passcode is required: Go to Settings > General > Passcode Lock and then enter your passcode. Tap Require Passcode and then select how long the iPad can be idle before you need to enter a passcode to unlock it.

Erase data after ten failed passcode attempts: Go to Settings > General > Passcode Lock and then enter your passcode. Tap Erase Data to turn it on. After ten failed attempts, your settings are reset to their original values and all your information and media are erased by removing the encryption key to the data, which is encrypted using 256-bit AES encryption.

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.

iPad Security App

The passcode feature is pretty good for overall security since it would take someone a very long time to figure out your 4-digit code, however, there are always those that can get around just about anything so if you want to take additional precautions or you don’t want to use the passcode feature then here are some ways to secure your iPad’s data with an app.

eWallet – Secure Password Manager – Ilium Software ($9.99)


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