Backing Up, Wiping or Restoring the iPad

19 May 2012

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By Ogunleye George

Tablet computing berths the much needed flexibility and access to productive tools from any given point in time, so far there is internet connectivity. However, this flexibility offered by these mobile devices actually makes them more vulnerable to loss or theft. These mobile companions usually contain a lot of personal information and sensitive data of their owners. Their reliability and flexibility has made them a dependable and trusted companion. Tech lovers usually go for gadgets as they are released; the dynamic nature of the technology keeps this trend going.

Thus, after few months the gadget becomes obsolete due to reinvented models that are better and richer, which the tech-lover would want to opt for thereby resulting in the need to dispose the earlier model. The question now arises: How can I get my stuff out of this device? And how do I wipe clean the device before I dispose of it?

It is always advisable to wipe tablets and mobile devices clean of personal information before you sell, give them out, or send them off for repair. These devices cache a lot web file, which is one major reason why surfing is quite faster on them. In addition, you should enable security features to protect your device if it gets into some wrong hands.

Apple’s iPad stands out as one of the widely used tablet by the socio-business class, mostly due to its less bulky nature and productive features. However, the iPad is simple, open but highly complicated when it comes to issues that have to do with altering data that has been encrypted into it through core processes.

The high-level security feature on the iPad reveals that Apple Inc. knows how vulnerable users could be not only to unknown risks but also to some friends who seek to pry. The iPad presents a little tricky way of wiping clean and erasing all your settings, applications, and data. In addition, one can enable data protection or encryptions to safe guard all the information contained on the iPad.

Its location service also helps in tracking down the device when misplaced or stolen. Backing up, synchronizing, and transferring of purchases are the data preservation features on the iPad. Essentially, the backup option contains the phone settings; the synchronization saves your personal files (music, podcasts, ringtones, photos, videos) but doesn’t automatically transfer purchases, while transferring of purchases only saves applications purchased from the iTunes Store.

To save all the settings and data on the iPad, tether with your computer the device and launch iTunes, ensure it’s the latest version then right-click the device in iTunes pane and select Backup or Transfer Purchases, which backs up all the applications downloaded from the iTunes Store.

Protecting your device if Lost or Stolen enable data protection, this encrypts the entire device’s data, which typically renders the data inaccessible. To enable data protection on the iPad; Tap Settings > General > Passcode. Input the required details and turn on the Erase Data option, this automatically erases all data after 10 failed passcode attempts.

To setup tracking on the iPad implies you Tap the Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars>Tap Add Account > MobileMe. Enter your Apple ID and password, or create one. Enter your or email address and password. Verification mail will be sent to your alternative mail click on the link to verify the account.

Regularly sync the iPad with iTunes to keep everything backed up in case it is lost, stolen, or broken.

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