<p class="MsoNormal">Simply put, the Apple iPad is just a computer — albeit one in a different form. Even though it has some unique characteristics, it carries with it the same type of security concerns as would any other type of computer.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Here are some tips from Jon-Louis Heimerl, director of strategic security for the Omaha, Neb.-based security company Solutionary Inc., to help you secure your iPad and the data that's stored on it.  Click "next" above to proceed.</p>

Hang on to it.

<p class="MsoNormal"> The biggest risk to an iPad user is losing it, Heimerl said. Because of its significant "wow" factor, the iPad is considered a device that's at high risk for theft.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">So the next time you take your iPad out, be sure to keep it under your physical control. Not only will you have control over the actual device, you'll also have control over the data stored on it.</p>

Don't "jailbreak" your iPad.

<p class="MsoNormal"> Jailbreaking is <a href="">hacking into your iPad so you can install non-App Store apps</a> and have access beyond what Apple grants you.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Some people jailbreak their iPads because they want more control over their devices, Heimerl said, "but it also removes some of the controls that help make the iPad more secure than a PC."</p>

Install an anti-virus app.

<p class="MsoNormal"> Last week, the French security firm Intego <a href="">released VirusBarrier iOS</a>, the first anti-virus app specifically designed for, and approved for, Apple’s iOS mobile devices.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">It lets iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users manually scan their devices and, according to Intego, "detect and eradicate all known malware affecting Windows or Mac OS X."</p> <p class="MsoNormal">"If there's an anti-virus app that truly runs on the iPad, people should be downloading it and using it," Heimerl said. "Given the number of iPods and iPads that have been sold since they were introduced, that makes them big targets — especially since most users are casual users who don't take system security seriously."</p>

Use a passcode when taking the iPad out in public.

<p class="MsoNormal"> <a href="">The passcode blocks unauthorized users</a> from accessing your apps and information — but it only provides limited protection, because it can be bypassed by anyone with long-term physical control of the device.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">If someone has both prolonged control over your iPad and access to a PC, Heimerl said, he or she can connect one to the other and override the passcode.</p>

Enable automatic data erasing.

<p class="MsoNormal"> "You should configure the iPad to erase data after 10 unsuccessful attempts at using the passcode," Heimerl said.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">If someone repeatedly enters the wrong passcode, the iPad will be disabled for increasingly longer intervals. The device can be set to erase all the data on the device after a preset number of unsuccessful attempts.</p>

Restrict the capabilities of the iPad.

<p class="MsoNormal">The iPad allows a user to restrict certain capabilities of the device. So, for example, you can restrict access to Safari, YouTube, installing applications and explicit content, Heimerl said.</p>

Sign up for Apple's MobileMe/iCloud service.

<p class="MsoNormal"> MobileMe, which will be replaced by Apple's cloud-storage service iCloud in the fall of 2011, gives users several tools for syncing, backing up and securing data.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Among those tools is a feature which rings a tone and/or displays a message on a lost iPad if you have temporarily misplaced it, Heimerl said. You can access MobileMe from a computer and it will display the location of the device on a map to help you find it.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">You can also use MobileMe to remotely wipe all the data from your device but only if it's connected via a cellular network or Wi-Fi.</p>

Don't share your device.

<p class="MsoNormal"> The iPad is basically a device to be used by one person, Heimerl said. You can't create multiple user accounts on the iPad, or and block access to information between accounts, the way you can with a Mac or PC.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">That means that everyone who has access to your iPad has access to all the information on it, such as your email, your browsing history and any personal information.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">But, Heimerl said, you can protect your privacy in part by disabling the option to auto-fill browser fields, as well as clearing your browser history, cookies and cache.</p>

Install software updates.

<p class="MsoNormal"> Apple <a href="">regularly updates the iOS operating system</a> to protect against the latest vulnerabilities. To be sure your operating system is current, be sure to regularly connect the iPad to a computer running iTunes to install the latest update.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><em>This story was provided by <a href="" target="_blank">SecurityNewsDaily</a>, a sister site to iPadNewsDaily.</em></p>


9 Ways to Keep Your iPad Secure

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