iPad Security additional info

I have had some time with the iPad device and love it. That being said there is an old style hack that lends itself to this device. It is one of the oldest and simplest methods, shoulder surfing. This is when someone looks lover your shoulder to gain information or passwords. This onscreen keyboard size really lends itself to this style of attack. The simplest way to avoid this is through attentive behavior. Pay attention to your surroundings. Also keep in mind that when you type someone could be watching on video (remote possibility but still present).

Safe Surfing!

iPad security

I have recently started to work with an iPad from apple. I find myself using the device quite a bit (even writing this blog entry on it). I find the machine to be quite fast and simple to use, but this post is not about the iPad itself. This blog post is to keep people safe while using the device.

I have come to the conclusion the best method to keep your iPad secure is to follow the same methods used to secure your other smart devices such as iPhone, and blackberry.

Wireless protection methods:
Be aware of who is on your networks (possibly my next blog post).
Use VPN services (also a future blog post).
Do not check email unless you know your email is secure (SSL).

The methods above are a start, but the best defense is to be smart on your surfing habits.

The other is element of security is physical security of the device. Please turn on your passcode locks, turn on the require password immediately, and the ever important wipe data after 10 failed attempts. I am not going to go into these steps because on the iPad they are almost exactly identical to the steps on the iPhone.

I have truly enjoyed the use of this device. I hope you have similar success as mine and continue to be safe as well!

Education Workshop – “Everyday Security – A Non-Geek Approach”

On Wed June 9th at 1P.M. I (Anthony Gartner) will be doing a presentation entitled “Everyday Security – A Non-Geek Approach”

I will be presenting it at the Keller Williams in Virginia Beach.  Everyone is welcome to attend please reserve your spot on Facebook so we know who will be there.

Everyday Security – A Non-Geek Approach

Type:     Education – Workshop
Date:     Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Time:     1:00pm – 2:00pm
Location:     Keller Williams Virginia Beach
Street:     1709 Laskin Rd
City/Town:     Virginia Beach, VA
Link:        http://www.facebook.com/?ref=logo#!/event.php?eid=124586864234469&index=1

Grassroots Security : What every small business owner and individual needs to know to protect their organization and what every individual needs to know to protect their laptops.

This will be an interactive discussion on how your data may be vulnerable and what you can do.

Things covered to include :

Using Care when reading and opening email attachments
Making backups of important files and folders
Using strong passwords
Using and installing and hardware firewall
Things you need to know before connecting to that “FREE” wifi
When to hire an IT professional

Have questions on privacy, intrustion, identity theft, virus, spam, worm, trojan horse, malware, spyware, etc… We will discuss and help answer these questions to avoid cyber crimes and security risks.