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How To Send Secure Email On an iPad

Friday, June 6th, 2014

iPad is the most popular tablet in the market. The device comes with some amazing security, networking and multimedia features that can even put high end laptops to shame. However, as with other devices, iPad comes with its own set of challenges. For instance, iPad does not allow you to secure your emails when you access them through the default email client. This is indeed a severe flaw since anyone can read your personal and confidential emails once they get access to your iPad. This article will discuss several ways on how to overcome this security challenge and provide tips to send secure email through an iPad.

1. Use a Strong Passcode

Using a strong passcode is your best defense against thieves and criminals. Since the default 4 digit passcode can be cracked by criminals easily, you need to switch to a more reliable alphanumeric passcode. This can be done by switching the Simple Passcode mode to Off through the Passcode Lock Settings. iPad would also automatically encrypt your data when you switch to an alphanumeric passcode so you get another layer of security without doing anything. You should enable screen locking so that your iPad asks for passcode after 15 minutes of inactivity.

2. Lock E-mail App

While using a strong passcode would help you to protect your emails from criminals, it won’t be of any help if you have to share your iPad with your family or friends. Since it is not possible to password protect the default email app available on iPad, your next best bet is to use a locking app to restrict access to it. There are several reliable locking apps available (such as iAppLock) that can help you to lock access to individual apps. These apps allow you to set passcodes for individual applications which can be different from the default passcode.

3. Use Secure Connections

While most renowned email service providers (such as Gmail and Yahoo) use Secure SSL connections by default, there are still some email providers that have not switched to secure connections. This can indeed pose a big security challenge if you have to access your emails through unsecured networks (such as Wi-Fi hotspots). To switch to a more secure way of communicating with the email servers, you can enable the SSL option available within the advanced email account settings. In addition, you can also use privacy solutions like Virtual Private Networks to secure your online activities (include your email traffic) from hackers and cyber criminals.

4. Use Webmail

This is yet another way of securing your email access on iPad. Since the default email client available with iPad does not provide advanced security features, you can eliminate the security risks associated with it by not using it at all. It is a far better option to access your mail through a browser since nobody would be able to read your emails just by getting access to your iPad. Remember not to save passwords for your email accounts within the browser so your email account remains safe from unauthorized access. Also, you must remember to sign out of your email account after your work is finished so that others cannot access your account through the browser cache.

June 6, 2014

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