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Take Control of iPad Networking & Security
Learn more about iPad networking, and keep your passwords and data safe!
Once you move beyond connecting to a simple home Wi-Fi network or using 3G data, you'll want to read networking expert Glenn Fleishman's discussion of how to integrate your iPad into more-complex networks and keep its data safe from prying eyes. Along with offering advice about Wi-Fi and 3G connections, Glenn explains how to protect your data in transit, and how to set up Bluetooth for various types of connections, including an iPhone personal hotspot, a wireless keyboard, and peer-to-peer pairing.
Covers iOS 4.3, original iPad and iPad 2, and GSM and CDMA.
“I am so very, very delighted with your coverage of the iPad. Previously I was always looking for answers in other manuals. None were complete like yours are. You answer the questions! Your manuals are so fantastic.” —Dennis M.
Inside, you'll find advice and steps for how to:
iPad & Kindle
About the Author
Glenn Fleishman was trained as a typesetter, received a degree in art, and works as a journalist and programmer. Glenn is a regular contributor to the Economist, where he has filed hundreds of online stories, including a four-year stint as one of the lead writers of its Babbage blog, and dozens of print features. He also appears regularly in Boing Boing, TidBITS, Fast Company, MIT Technology Review, Macworld, and Six Colors. His blog is http://glog.glennf.com, and he overshares on Twitter at @glennf.
Table of Contents
Read Me First
This book covers how to use your iPad on a Wi-Fi or 3G network securely, making connections with ease while protecting your data and your device. It also covers other tasks that rely on a network, such as retrieving documents to read and remotely controlling computers from your iPad. It was written by Glenn Fleishman, edited by Tonya Engst, and published by TidBITS Publishing Inc.
An argument against the iPad before its introduction was that it was just “a big iPod touch.” In reality, it is not: the bigger screen makes it possible to use it in a different way altogether. But from the standpoint of networking and other communications, the iPad is like a giant iPod touch—with some iPhone features thrown in, too.
Like the iPod touch, the iPad can’t place phone calls via the separate voice portion of a cellular network, and it has Wi-Fi built in; like the iPhone, the 3G iPad can send and receive data over a 3G cellular network—but it can’t handle cell phone calls. This combination of options—and the likelihood that you probably don’t own both a Wi-Fi–only and a 3G iPad—has implications for the choices you make about how you connect and the security of those connections.
One of the most important ongoing decisions you’ll make about your iPad is how to obtain a network connection. If you have a 3G iPad, you may choose each month whether to enable cellular data connectivity or not. Those with Wi-Fi–only iPads may spend a fair amount of time finding, connecting to, and interacting with Wi-Fi networks all over. There’s plenty of advice in this title on both 3G and Wi-Fi connections and networks.
In this book, I guide you through how to make consistent and secure network connections, whether over Wi-Fi or 3G, and how to best protect your data and your iPad.
This book explains how to use an iPad safely on a network, including how to connect and customize a connection, and how to secure data that’s on your device or that’s passing over a network. You can read the ebook in order or skip to topics of particular interest.
To make a connection right away with a minimum of fuss, skip to an option in the “Make a connection fast” list, just below. For Wi-Fi connections, note that Connect to a Secure Wi-Fi Network explains security and password options and Wi-Fi Troubleshooting has advice for fixing problematic connections.
Also, if you have a Wi-Fi–only iPad and are wondering how you can make a 3G connection, don’t miss Alternatives to iPad Data Plans.
Improvements in iOS with the release of 4.3 have been folded into this version. This includes network-related features, such as:
Beyond the Verizon-related changes noted above, no changes were necessary for the iPad 2, which has minor hardware differences from the original iPad, but otherwise functions the same from the network and security standpoint.
I also removed two chapters on apps for remote access and document access because of the rapid changes in apps in those categories and because of an apparent lack of general interest on the part of readers. Most of the former “Access Documents” chapter is covered in Take Control of Working with Your iPad.
The EPUB-formatted file for this new version was created using Take Control’s in-house procedure, instead of outsourcing it, as we’ve done previously. The new look is now much closer to the usual Take Control styling. (The EPUB is available for download from your Take Control Ebooks account, after purchase.)
There are lots of great ways to read our ebooks on these devices. For more details, please read our latest Device Advice.
Feel free to ask us if you have a question about this title!
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March 4, 2015 -- We won’t be updating this book again due to the effort of matching pace with new versions of iOS. However, Glenn has written a new book that covers much the same ground for iOS 8, and although it’s not a Take Control book, you can purchase it at a discount through the Take Control cart — check out the special offer below.
—Tonya J Engst
October 29, 2012 --
Until last week, the iPad line-up consisted of three basic models: the original iPad, the iPad 2, and the 3rd-generation iPad.
Last week, Apple announced two new iPad models: the 4th-generation iPad and the iPad mini. Now, the line-up looks like this:
For more about the new iPads, you can read my TidBITS article, Apple Introduces the iPad mini and Fourth-Generation iPad. I also recommend Jeff Carlson's Seattle Times article, iPad mini looks like a good fit. Jeff was at the Apple announcement, so his article is informed by having actually held a mini.
—Tonya J Engst
May 5, 2011 --
The "discovery" by two researchers in April 2011 that iOS devices were storing far more location-related information than necessary, and that the information could be accessed relatively easily, incited a firestorm of criticism. Apple has now addressed those criticisms with two iOS updates.
—Michael E. Cohen
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