by Ted on June 13, 2012
If you want to make sure that nobody can access your private information or use your iPad, you can protect it with a password. This is what you have to do:
1.Tap the Settings icon in the Home screen.
2.From the list of settings on the left tap on General.
3.Tap Password Lock.
You can choose Auto-Lock from General Settings and set your tablet to lock automatically at 2, 5, 10 or 15 minutes. This way, your iPad will lock when you are not using it, therefore making sure that nobody else will access your information without your approval. You can even manually lock your iPad at any time by pressing the Wake/Sleep button at the top or you can choose to never have it auto lock. It’s up to you!
4.If you want additional security, you can switch from a 4 digit number to a longer password which can include both letters and numbers by tapping Simple Passcode and then Passcode on.
5.Make sure that your four digit passcode is something that you will easily remember. There’s no point in making it complicated, because you’re just going to forget it. The best idea would be to write it down and put it in a safe place, a place only you know of or have access to.
6.Then you must re-enter your passcode, to make sure that you wrote it down correctly.
7.You can choose the delay time before a passcode is required by tapping the Require Passcode button. Think it over because if you choose a big delay, then someone will be able to use your iPad until it will ask for the passcode. The best thing you can do is to choose Immediately.
8.If you wish to remove the Picture Frame slideshow button from the Lock screen you have to turn Picture Frame off.
9.You can even make your iPad erase all data after 10 failed passcode attempts by turning on Erase Data.
10.In order to confirm your new settings data you must press the Wake/Sleep button.
If you manage to forget your passcode, then you are in big trouble and no, there is no way to get round it, because that wouldn’t make it so secure now, would it? The only option is to restore it, by connecting your iPad to a Mac or PC and using iTunes. I just hope you have a good memory and that this won’t happen to you.
There’s no harm in letting your kids use your iPad, but a good idea would be to set some restrictions before allowing them to do so. Here’s how you can accomplish that:
1.Tap the Settings icon in the Home screen.
2.Tap General and then Restrictions.
3.If you want to turn restrictions on you have to tap Enable Restrictions or if you wish to turn them off tap Disable Restrictions.
4.Think of a four digit passcode. You will then have to enter it twice. Remember the passcode, otherwise you won’t be able to remove the restrictions.
5.You will have to turn the switches to off if you want to remove the YouTube, Safari, Camera, FaceTime and iTunes apps from the Home screen.
6.By using the Installing Apps switch you will be able to stop new apps from being installed.
7.You can turn off the location-based function of every application by using the Location switch and getting it in the off position.
8.You can even block the possibility of adding or changing email accounts.
9.If you wish to use the Ratings For submenu you will have to pick a country’s rating system.
10.As far as the last four items are concerned, the best thing to do would be to choose the highest rating level possible, one that will still allow content to be used. For example, under Movies you can only choose to allow PG-13 or lower. There are two more settings you can pick: Allow All Movies or Don’t Allow Movies.
11.If you want to determine whether purchasing apps or content is allowed you can use Allowed Content.
12.The Passcode will only be required 15 minutes after purchasing an application. But if that time period is too big, you can change it, even to immediately if you wish.
13.In the Game Center you will have to choose the options you want to allow. Bear in mind that these settings will only affect games that use Games center to communicate with other players. There are games that have their own means of communications or use others, like Facebook, for example.
If you have a third generation iPad then you are in luck, because you have the possibility to be lazy. In other words, you don’t have to write text anymore, you can use your voice in order to make your tablet do so. Anytime you will see a keyboard appear, there will also be a small microphone button on the left side of the spacebar. After tapping it you will be asked to interact with your iPad, in other words, to speak to it.
When setting up your iPad for the first time you must enable dictation in order for the microphone button to be present. You can also do it at any time by going to Settings, General, Keyboard and turning on the Dictation feature.
1.Any time you feel like talking instead of writing tap the microphone button on the keyboard.
2.By doing so you will bring a larger button forward and you will be able to measure the volume of your voice thanks to the purple color filling the microphone.
3.By tapping the large button you will make it vanish and there will be three dots in its place, which will replace your text cursor and pulse while you tell your iPad what to write. Now all you have to do is talk and wait for your iPad to finish writing for you.
Bear in mind that this feature hasn’t been perfected yet, so you will have to talk slowly, clearly and for the best results, you must say only one sentence at a time.