How to secure your iPhone or iPad

We cannot empahsise strongly enough how important it is that you set a good passcode on your iPhone or iPad - more than just simply 4 digits (though this is better than no passcode at all).  Here we show you how to set a good passcode and also configure your device to erase itself should too many attempts be made.

23 March 2012 Security  Smartphones & Tablets

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We cannot empahsise strongly enough how important it is that you set a good passcode on your iPhone or iPad - more than just simply 4 digits (though this is better than no passcode at all).  In this short article we show you how to set a good passcode and also configure your device to erase itself should too many attempts be made.

Settings

Passcodes are set through the iPad or iPhone settings so the first thing to do is tap Settings.

iPad Home Settings

Passcode Lock

Next, make sure the General settings are showing and then tap Passcode Lock.

iPad Settings General Passcode Lock

Set the type of Passcode

Before setting the passcode, the Simple Passcode option must be switched off so that you can set a secure (better) passcode.

  1. Slide the On option for Simple Passcode so that it is switched Off.
  2. Now tap Turn Passcode On.

iPad Passcode Turn On

Setting the Passcode

You now need to set your Passcode.  To make things easier, put the keypad into Numbers mode before setting your Passcode.  Remember your passcode shouldn't be anything obvious and at least 6 digits is recommended.

  1. Tap .?123 to change the keyboard to numeric mode.
  2. Type your passcode - remember to make sure it is at least 6 digits.
  3. Now tap Next.

iPad Set Passcode

Confirm the Passcode

Next the Passcode must be confirmed, repeat the steps from above.

  1. Tap .?123 to change the keyboard to numeric mode.
  2. Type your passcode - make sure it is at least 6 digits.
  3. Now tap Done.

iPad Confirm Passcode

Set Erase Data Option

To secure your iPad further it is strongly recommended that you also set the Erase Data option.  This will erase all the data on the device if the passcode is entered incorrectly 10 times in a row.  Before enabling this option make sure you have provisions in place for keeping a backup of your iPad contents either through iTunes or iCloud.

  1. Slide the Off option for Erase Data so that it is switched On.
  2. Tap Enable at the confirmation prompt.

iPad Passcode Erase Data

Your iPad/iPhone is now secured with a Passcode

Your iPad or iPhone will now automatically lock itself either after 2 minutes or when its smart cover is closed.  The durations can be set through the General and the Passcode settings however we recommend leaving the options as 2 minutes to AutoLock and to require the Passcode immediately.

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