Mobile Security: Protecting Your Tablet

Whether you are a home or business user, it is important to protect your data on the device, especially if using it for sensitive business purposes. There are things you can do to reduce the risks associated with using portable devices. Recommended best practices for individuals and organizations are listed below.


Use a Passlock

PassLock is set automatically when you use DePaul's email service. However, it is important to make sure that you have a Passlock set up,

On your home screen tap Settings

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Then tap General -> PassLock

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Then tap Turn Passcode on

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Enter the Passcode you wish to have

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On the Passcode screen tap require Passcode

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Select immediately

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Set up Auto-Lock and Local Wipe

On the General settings screen tap Auto-Lock

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On the Auto-Lock screen tap 2 minutes

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On the PassLock Lock page, turn Erase Data on. All Data on your iPad will be erased after 10 invalid PassCode attempts as an additional security measure.

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Remote wipe

iOS supports remote wipe. If a device is lost or stolen, the administrator or device owner can issue a remote wipe command that removes all data and deactivates the device.

If the device is configured with an Exchange account, the administrator can initiate a remote wipe command using the Exchange Management Console (Exchange Server 2007) or Exchange ActiveSync Mobile Administration Web Tool (Exchange Server 2003 or 2007). Users of Exchange Server 2007 can also initiate remote wipe commands directly using Outlook Web Access. Remote wipe commands can also be initiated by MDM solutions even if Exchange corporate services are not in use.*

Apple's Security IOS Instructions

Find my iPad

Find my iPad is a feature that helps you locate and communicate with your iPad if lost or forgotten at any place. The feature allows you to perform the following:

How to install Find My iPad

On your device's Home screen, tap Settings, and then tap iCloud.

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At the bottom of the screen, tap to turn on Find My iPhone (or Find My iPad or Find My iPod), and when asked to confirm you want this option, tap Allow.

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Enable encryption for data (email, contact list)

iPhone and iPad offer hardware-based encryption. Hardware encryption uses 256-bit AES to protect all data on the device. Encryption is always enabled, and cannot be disabled by users.

Additionally, data backed up in iTunes to a user's computer can be encrypted. This can be enabled by the user, or enforced by using device restriction settings in Configuration Profiles.

Android Tablets

Google mobile provides helpful instructions about how to secure your tablet, the following link summarize recommended steps for securing your tablet.

Useful links and Instructions