Learn more about iPad networking, and keep your passwords and data safe!

Take Control of
iPad Networking & Security

Glenn Fleishman

In this detailed ebook, Glenn Fleishman explains how to network an iPad and keep its data safe from prying eyes. The book covers Wi-Fi, 3G, and Bluetooth connections, and helps you both protect your data on the iPad and keep data safe while in transit across the Internet.

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Inside, you’ll find advice and steps for how to:

  • Use an iPhone’s personal hotspot to connect any iPad to the Internet.
  • Connect to a Wi-Fi network at work, home, or when at a public hotspot.
  • Tweak a Wi-Fi network to give your iPad a faster connection.
  • Connect to Wi-Fi using secure connections—learn about the security pros and cons of MAC address filtering, WEP, WPA, WPA2, and VPNs.
  • Enable and manage a 3G data plan. This topic focuses on AT&T and Verizon Wireless in the United States, but it also takes a global perspective, with brief details about some data plans outside the United States and what to consider when traveling to a different country.
  • Save on your data plan by monitoring your 3G usage.
  • Connect to Bluetooth peripherals such as keyboards and headsets, and do tethering and peer-to-peer pairing.
  • Understand what’s at risk and protect the private passwords, documents, and data stored on your iPad.
  • Take preventative action against a lost or stolen iPad by installing third-party remote-tracking software and turning on Apple’s Find My iPhone.
  • Use Find My iPhone if your iPad is lost or stolen.
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 Version 1.3

Improvements in iOS with the release of 4.3 have been folded into this version. This includes network-related features, such as:

  • Apple has released Verizon Wireless versions of the iPad 2 that use Verizon’s less-common cellular network standard, CDMA. Information related to Verizon’s network has been added and updated throughout the book.
  • Service plan information for prepaid and postpaid plans for AT&T and Verizon Wireless has been altered.
  • Alternatives to iPad Data Plans, a topic that discusses alternatives to using a 3G network for iPad access, has been dramatically simplified due to improvements in using phones as mobile hotspots, and the addition of Bluetooth tethering to the iPad.
  • The Set Up Bluetooth chapter was updated to explain how and why to use Bluetooth tethering with an iPad to gain access to the Internet through a phone, laptop, or router.

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.)

  • Read Me First
  • Introduction
  • iPad Networking & Security Quick Start
  • What’s New for the iPad in iOS 4
  • Quick Connection Guide
  • In-Depth on Wi-Fi
  • Connect to a Secure Wi-Fi Network
  • Work with 3G
  • Set Up Bluetooth
  • Airplane Mode
  • Transfer Data Securely
  • Keep Data Safe
  • When Your iPad 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.