Securing Apple devices

It is important that IT departments take the necessary steps to secure and protect technology such as Apple iPads, iPhones and iPods from would be thieves.

Here is a list of my top 10 security tips to undertake to secure Apple devices as well as the data contained on them:

1. Install Apple updates

Install the latest Apple iOS and updates to benefit from full functionality and increased security on your Apple devices.

To do this:

  • Connect your Apple device to your PC/laptop
  • Open iTunes
  • Backup your Apple device
  • Click on Help
  • Click on Check for Updates
  • Download then install any updates available

2.  Change Apple ID passwords regularly

Change your Apple ID password regularly, make the password alpha-numeric and unique to prevent unauthorised access to your iTunes account.

To do this:

  • Open iTunes
  • Click on Store
  • Click on View My Account
  • Type in your Apple ID and Password
  • Click on View Account
  • Click on Edit next to your Apple ID
  • Type in your new Password and Verify
  • Click on Done

3. De-authorise unused iTunes installations

To prevent unauthorised access to iTunes account and to benefit from the 5 install licenses available, de-activate iTunes on any unused PC or laptops.

To do this:

  • Open iTunes
  • Click on Store
  • Click on De-authorise This Computer
  • Type in your Apple ID and Password
  • Click on De-authorise

If your Apple ID has been authorised on 2 or more iTunes installations, you are able to de-authorise all instances yourself.

4. Install the Find My iPhone app

Install the free Find My iPhone app by Apple on all of your Apple devices.

Once completed, providing iOS5 and iCloud have been installed and activated, you are able to remotely lock, message and wipe your Apple devices as well as monitor their locations.

Furthermore, your Apple devices can be remotely managed at https://www.icloud.com

5. Create a Passcode Lock

Create a Passcode Lock on your iPad, iPhone or iPod devices.

To do this, on your Apple device:

  • Select Settings
  • Select General
  • Select Passcode Lock
  • Select Turn Passcode On
  • Enter in a 4 digit numerical passcode and confirm

6. Turn on Auto-Lock

Turn on Auto-Lock to prevent unauthorised access to your Apple device when you are not in the vicinity of it.

To do this, on your Apple device:

  • Select Settings
  • Select General
  • Select Auto-Lock
  • Select a suitable time period when you want your Apple device to auto-lock

7. Sync your Apple device with iTunes regularly

Sync your Apple device with iTunes regularly so as to receive the latest updates and patches as well as to backup your data.

8. Change social networking passwords regularly

Change your social networking passwords (Facebook, Twitter etc…) regularly to prevent unauthorised access to your accounts via apps on your Apple devices.

9. Backup your Apple device

Regularly backup your Apple devices when connected to iTunes.

To do this:

  • Connect your Apple device to your PC/laptop
  • Open iTunes
  • On the summary page of your Apple device, click on Backup

10. Do not save/remember passwords

Although tempting, do not save or remember passwords for apps on your Apple devices.

Alex Pegg MCP MCDST
alex_pegg@hotmail.com

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About Alex Pegg

Hi my name is Alex Pegg MCP MCDST MCTS and I am The IT Guy. I am an Application Support Analyst from Leicester, UK and have worked in IT support services for 15 years. Alex Pegg MCP MCDST MCTS
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