Protect Your Information With These iPad Security Tips

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.

Whether you are a business professional, student or casual user,  these iPad security best practices will be valuable.  Remember that when it comes to security, there are certain levels and each new level of security you add on will have it’s own set of drawbacks/benefits.  Here we cover some of the built-in security features and then we cover an app that lets you go a little further!

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)

Here is one of the top-rated apps for protecting your confidential information.


llium has been making security-based software for over 12 years and they stand by their products.  The great thing about this one ( and I use it myself) is that you can feel safe knowing all your passwords, pins, and account numbers are fully protected.  You might wonder why you would even bother entering them in the first place but for some people it’s a matter of organization and having everything in one place.

Get eWallet – Secure Password Manager – Ilium Software for $9.99

So how do you protect your iPad and the information on it?  Are you concerned with it?

Originally posted 2011-06-21 02:46:35.


  1. Gary Doss says:

    If you are looking for a way to prevent the theft of your iPad, take a look at the STAYPad Security Case from Doss Industries.

    www dot staypad dot com

  2. Lisa says:

    I just put a pass code in to my iPad and realized I don’t want to go through this every time I turn it on. How can I take the pass code off. I’ve tried to do this in settings but it wants a new pass code. I just want it turned off. Suggestions?

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