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Security of Email on IPAD

Discussion in 'iPad Help' started by aust3333, Oct 5, 2010.

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    Hey guys,

    Just wondering if there is a way that I can secure my email from being read if I let someone use my IPAD. For instance, the way it stands, all you have to do is click on the mail icon and away you go. Is there some way that I can set it to require a password everytime my email is accessed? I know that I can set a passcode on the entire IPAD and keep people out of the IPAD in its entirety but was looking for a secure method only pertaining to email only. Any suggestions greatly appreciated.
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    I believe, out of the box, the only option is the device passcode. You could set it at a low value, however. I looked under settings and also email setup, thinking there would be a choice, there, like in (shudder) Windows Mobile to save your email password ( which you could uncheck, so you would need to enter it each time), but there isn't. Perhaps someone else is familiar with an alternative security method for email only
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    Anybody have any other suggestions regarding this?
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    If you insist on loaning your iPad to people you don't trust when you tell them, "Please do not click on the Email icon.", then you should probably temporarily de-activate your email account.

    Go into Settings | Mail, Contacts, Calendars | Your email account Once there, you can move the slider for your email to the OFF position --

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    And this will make your email inactive --

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    If this does not help you, maybe you are loaning your iPad to the wrong people or you shouldn't be using it for personal or sensitive data.
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    I don't loan the pad out but email is personal. I don't have anything to hide in my email but it doesn't mean everyone should have access to it at just a click of a button either. My kids play on the IPAD occasionally and I am more concerned with them possibly deleting or me missing a potentially important email because someone went in and decided to browse intentionally or unintenionally. Bottom line is, email is a personal thing and would be nice to have it more secure on such an open device. I love the IPAD but anywhere else you try and access your email a login is required. Just wish it was similar on the IPAD platform.
    Last edited: Oct 7, 2010
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    This method does not apply?
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    I guess Apple envisioned the iPad to be more of a "personal" piece of hardware that wouldn't be shared. You do bring up a very good point about letting other family members use it and doing something accidentally. I suspect that sharing an iPad, especially among family members, is probably being done more with an iPad than with other Apple mobile devices.

    The only way to change it is let Apple know. If enough people make them aware of the situation, it could be incorporated into a future iOS... maybe. But until that time, your best bet is to temporarily de-activate the account.
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    Yep, I do have it inactive at this time but was hoping for something more secure. Oh well, I'll mention it to Apple and see what happens. Thanks for all the replies.
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    I would not have any mail function without password, it surprises me that so many seems not to care who can read their mail - or trust people that they will not read. I might be grumpy but until there is a password for the mail account I will not use it. Agree that we need to make Apple understand that some or us want some privacy.
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    Yeah, there is something thats more secure.

    Its called webmail and you access it via the WEB.
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    You could use webmail but why should you? Apple should make things a little more secure... what happens if you device is stolen? Or someone fancies viewing your private email? In terms of security Apple could learn a thing or two from Research In Motion.
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    I have the same issue with my ipad2. I asked a guy at the local Apple store if email could be secured on the iPad and he looked at me like I had 3 eyes.

    Apple are you listening ? This is pretty basic stuff.

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