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Typing security code

Discussion in 'iPad General Discussions' started by davey123, Apr 15, 2012.

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    I created a security code that needs to be entered in order to start my iPad. I have noticed that each letter/number that is typed for the code is visible on the screen for a second or two before it turns to a dot. I do not want the letters/numbers to appear on the screen at all. Is there a way to have the letters/numbers automatically appear as a dot when they are entered?
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    This is a feature that allows you to verify that you did not make a typing mistake. The short duration is not a security threat unless you allow someone to look over your shoulder. I do not see any way they would change this feature.
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    This feature works with any password typed on the iPad,iPhone and iPod,not just the one used to unlock the device.
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    On my iPad I only see dots, never numbers. Same on my 4S.
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    Thanks for your response. So, there is no way to change this feature so that the dot is the only thing that appears? Sometimes I am in meetings where people sit really close together. Thus, although the letter/ number appears very briefly, it is still visible long enough for someone to see the passcode.
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    If you go to Settings/General/Passcode Lock you can turn off Simple Passcode. You can then set up a much longer alphanumeric Passcode. This might help somewhat.

    Sent from my iPad 4 HD mini
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    Thanks. I already tried that, but it did not work.
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    Considering that you are tapping the passcode on a large easy to see keypad, the tiny letters that appear are really the smaller (pun intended) threat when it comes to shoulder surfers.

    As Kevin said, a full password would help somewhat, if you use a long enough one that people will have a hard time remembering the sequence.

    And in the modern world, it is not socially rude to say to say 'excuse me, I need to enter my password' and turn away or guard the screen from view; say like placing it in your lap.
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    Thanks. I created a longer, more complex code.
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    Now all you have to do is remember that longer more complex code.
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    Having the simple (4-digit) passcode (pin) to unlock my iPad I do not see the numbers I actually type in displayed on the screen (inside the fields) - am I doing something wrong???
    Passwords in appstore and on websites (etc) are displayed for a short time, but not during unlocking....
    however, it is pretty easy to "shoulder" the pin, and fingerprints on screen are pretty easy to de-cipher. It os recommended (for the print-issue) to change rotation from time to time... ;)

    ☠ stay safe ☠ stay legal ☠
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    Other then what I read here, I don't know much about the unlock pass codes, and haven't spent a lot of time thinking about it. I rarely use my iPad in public and don't keep any sensitive data on it, so I don't bother with a lock code.

    Just use your common sense. And if you are worried about finger print giveaways, wipe the screen off now and then. ;)
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    Oh, din't know there is an App for <b>that</b>! :D

    ☠ stay safe ☠ stay legal ☠
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    Last edited: Apr 17, 2012

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