There a number of ways to protect your iPad from damage, theft, or loss. You want to make sure that your iPad can withstand drops by securing it with a quality case. As for loss of theft, there are also a few ways to keep your tablet safe. Even if security is not a big concern for you, using some of these features can be useful, such as when you misplace your iPad in your house. Let’s have a look at seven of the best ways to secure your iPad, below:
Set a passcode lock
Setting a passcode is one of the first things you should do when you buy your iPad. Whether you primarily use your tablet at home or in public, the fact is that you’re going to encounter some prying eyes at some point. This is why Apple recommends that you set the passcode during your initial setup. If you haven’t done so already, you can still go to the Settings menu and choose a passcode. If you’d prefer not to have to type the code every time you need to use the tablet, you can set up the fingerprint unlock feature if your iPad supports Touch ID. So you have no reason not to secure your iPad with a passcode.
Always install the latest updates
We live in a world where hackers are doing everything they can to get into people’s devices and steal their personal information. While the likelihood of such a thing happening to you is low, it’s still important to take steps to protect your privacy. One of the best ways to do this is to install the latest updates for iOS on your Apple devices as soon as they are available. Security patches are often included in these updates, and installing them ensures that your personal data is safe.
Hide notifications from the lock screen
If you have set up a passcode, you may think that your stuff is now secure, but not quite, yet. You’ll notice that when the screen is locked your notifications, Siri, and calendar events are still accessible. This may be convenient for a lot of people, and if you prefer to keep it that way, then you don’t need to tweak the settings. But if want to keep all these things off the lock screen, you must turn off the “Allow Access When Locked” feature. This ensures that no one can access anything on your iPad without entering the passcode.
Turn on “Find My iPad”
While you’re still in the settings menu, there are a couple more things we need to do to secure the tablet. We’ll first go to the iCloud settings. You should find an iCloud account set up by default, with your Apple ID as your username. If you didn’t have an account set up for your iPad when you bought it, you can still do so now by turning on the option for iCloud drive. When you turn on the Find My iPad feature, you will be able to tell where your iPad is when it gets lost or stolen. Within the settings, you can also enable Lost Mode, a feature that locks the tablet and displays your phone number. Lost Mode can further erase the data on your iPad remotely to prevent unauthorized access in case of theft.
Invest in a case and screen protector
If you consider your tablet an investment, it’s important that you protect it from damage with a good case. You just never know when your iPad is going to drop or fall. There is a wide variety of cases that can do a good job of protecting your iPad, many of them reasonably priced. The case you choose will depend on how you’ll be using your iPad. If you’ll be travelling a lot with the iPad, be sure to choose a sturdy case. A screen protector is also another essential buy if you want good protection for your iPad. Before buying these and other accessories, you may want to read comprehensive reviews at IThingum or some other sites dedicated to the iPad.
Enable automatic iCloud Backups
Having your data backed up in the cloud is the best way to keep it safe. If you need to reset your iPad at any point it time, you can do so knowing that your documents and important files are safely stored in your iCloud account. Be sure turn on automatic backups also within the iCloud settings, preferably during the initial setup.
Set up Apple Pay
Apple Pay has been hailed by many as one of the safest payment methods. Unfortunately, paying at a cash register with your iPad is not possible because near-field communication technology doesn’t work on the iPad. Still, having Apple Pay on your iPad can be useful when buying certain apps. Because it protects your credit card information, you can always rest assured your data is safe whenever you buy anything through Apple Pay.