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iPad Tips


1) Always use a password to protect your iPad. Upon first use you are asked to enter in a 4-digit pin.  Follow the steps below to further protect your device.

2) Find your “Settings” application, it is the square with a silver border, and gears inside:

3) Open Settings, click  “General” on the left and “Passcode Lock” on the right: settings-icon

4) If you have already set a password, you will be prompted to enter it now.  If not, you will enter into the next screen:

5) For a more secure passcode, change simple passcode to off, and you may enter any passcode/ word/phrase you would like.  This allows you to make a more complex passcode for your device.

6) It is also recommended that you keep “Erase Data” set to on.  In the event that your device is lost, or stolen, this makes sure that whoever picks up your device can either not access your device, or after 10 failed attempts. All data on the device is wiped, and it must be brought to an Apple store for restoration.

ipad-tipsa. After five failed passcode attempts, the device will be locked for one minute.
b. After seven, it will be for five, and after nine for 15.
c. On the 10th failed attempt, all data on the device will be erased.

7) Protect your iPad from joining a compromised network. Under iPad settings, make sure “Ask to Join Networks” is turned on under Wi-Fi.

8) Enable iCloud and install "Find my iPhone" in order to track your device. Report a lost or stolen device to IT  Security as soon as possible.

a. To enable iCloud, simply go to the device’s settings under the iCloud tab, and enable iCloud.  Enter your credentials as needed.  No settings need to be adjusted once iCloud is enabled.
b. Please note that under no circumstances should University Data be stored in the iCloud.
c. After iCloud is enabled, go to the Apple app store and download the “Find My iPhone” app.
d. Open the app, and enter the same username and password that is used for iCloud.
e. You can now see where your device is at all times on a map. To view your device’s location from the computer go to and enter your iCloud username and password, and click the “Find My iPhone” icon to see the map of your devices.

9) Update all applications and the iPad software when available.

10) Do not install applications that do not come from the Apple store. Apps not obtained through iTunes could cause the device to be unstable and potentially compromise data security on the device.