Lock Down Your iPhone – iPad

I am always asked , how do i lock down my iPhone / iPad and make it more secure.

Well there are a few simple steps to take.


First enable Passcode and switch simple Passcode off so you can protect your iPad with a longer passcode at the logon screen.  

Go to Settings – General – Passcode Lock – switch Simple Passcode from On to Off

Turn Passcode On

Enter The Passcode

Now whenever you turn on your iPad it will ask you for your Passcode

Turn on Erase data , that will mean that after 10 unsuccessful attempts your data will be wiped.


Let restrict what your iPad can do.  

Go to Settings – General – Restrictions – Enable Restrictions — enter a four numbers passcode 

Turn Camera from On to Off, and by doing this FaceTime will be turned off.

This will stop people ( hackers ) from spying on you with Facetime if your iPad is compromised ( that however is a long shot )

You can also just turn Facetime off and leave the camera on.

Switch Installing Apps from On to Off.  

Switch Deleting Apps from On to Off.  

Go into Location.

Turn off apps on which you don’t want Location Services to work, or just turn Location Services from On to Off so you can disable Location services.

Don’t forget highlight” Don’t Allow Changes ” for Location so changes to location services can be made only by you.

Now go to Accounts inside Restrictions and put the tick in “Don’t Allow Changes” so settings for email accounts, calendar information etc can only be done by you.

Now switch In-App Purchases from On to Off , this will prevent purchases on your ipad or iPhone , unless you turn it on.

Author: Adelaide Techguy

Richard Pascoe is a technology consultant & technology commentator for the media on FIVEaa , ABC Adelaide , PowerFM , 5MU , 7AD and 7BU and has been seen on the Channel 7 news , Channel 9 News , Channel 10 news and Today Tonight . Richard gives his opinions on Microsoft , Google , Apple and deals with personal computers , smartphones and tablets.

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