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Take Control of
Networking & Security in iOS 6

Glenn Fleishman

Glenn Fleishman looks deeply at networking on an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch and keeping its data safe from prying eyes. The ebook covers Wi-Fi, cellular, and Bluetooth connections, and helps you both protect data on the device and keep it safe while in transit across the Internet.

This product has been discontinued.

This book has been relegated Take Control’s Obsolete category because with iOS 7 now available, this book is obsolete. All Apple devices that could run iOS 6 can also run iOS 7, so you should update your device unless you have some extraordinary reason why you would prefer to stick with iOS 6. Also, note that with iOS 7, Apple has introduced an Activation Lock in Find My iPhone, a nice bonus of running iOS 7 that makes it nearly impossible for your iPhone to be erased by a thief, since your iCloud credentials are required to bypass the lock and erase the device.

Basic network connections from an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch can be simple to make, but sometimes you need to go beyond the basics. In this ebook, you’ll profit from networking expert Glenn Fleishman’s advice on key topics, such as handling hotspot portal pages, creating secure Wi-Fi connections, signing up for the right cellular data plan, setting up your device as a mobile hotspot, conserving cellular data, connecting Bluetooth peripherals, protecting personal data, and using Find My iPhone and other remote tracking software.

“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. (writing about a previous edition)

You’ll learn how to:

  • Make Wi-Fi connections: Connect via Wi-Fi at home or work, at a public hotspot, and with (or without) various forms of security. Glenn discusses the more modern and favored and WPA2 security method, and he explains why WEP and MAC addressing should be avoided (but how to deal with them if you must).

  • Connect to a cellular network: Decide which data plan to sign up for, and get advice on limiting your use of the cellular network to stay within the bounds of your plan. Although Glenn focuses on plans in the United States, overall, the information is for everyone, no matter where you are. You’ll also find money-saving tips about traveling to a different country with your device.

  • Connect to Bluetooth peripherals: Find advice about pairing your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch with devices like headsets and keyboards.

  • Make a mobile hotspot: Learn how a cellular-connected iOS device can relay its data connection to some other device that doesn’t have a cellular connection. For example, your iPad with a data plan can put an iPod touch and a laptop (Mac or Windows) on the Internet—at the same time!

  • Protect your data and privacy: Understand what aspects of your documents, passwords, and privacy could be at risk should the wrong person gain access to your device or its network communications. Also, get advice for how to prevent a break-in, or minimize the damage if your mobile device falls into the wrong hands.

  • Track your device: See how you can use the Find My iPhone app (whether for your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch) in order to find (or erase!) your device if it is lost or stolen. Also, consider whether Apple’s Find My Friends or a third-party app could work well for you.

Glenn Fleishman

About Glenn Fleishman

Glenn Fleishman is a veteran technology writer who has contributed to dozens of publications across his career, including Macworld, Fast Company, and Increment. He has also written dozens of editions of books in the Take Control series. He spent 2019 and 2020 building 100 tiny type museums full of real printing artifacts. Glenn lives in Seattle with his wife and two children.

What’s New in This Edition

This ebook significantly updates and brings together two separate Take Control ebooks that I wrote previously about networking and security in iOS 3 and iOS 4. One covered the iPad, and the other discussed the iPhone and iPod touch. Because of Apple’s release schedule, having separate ebooks made sense. 

Due to Take Control’s crowded publication calendar, those ebooks skipped iOS 5 completely. Now, in a single ebook, I cover networking and security for all Apple devices that can run iOS 6.

  • Table of Contents
  • Read Me First
  • Introduction
  • Quick Start to iOS Networking and Security
  • In-Depth on Wi-Fi
  • Connect to a Secure Wi-Fi Network
  • Work with Cellular
  • Make a Mobile Hotspot
  • Set Up Bluetooth
  • Airplane Mode
  • Transfer Data Securely
  • Keep Data Safe
  • When Your Device Goes Missing
  • About This Book
  • 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.