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Apr 26, 2012

Learn iPad Week: Store passwords securely on your iPad

by Stephen Ashby

Part six of Learn iPad Week show you how to Use your iPad as a place to store important work and personal passwords

Learn iPad Week: Store passwords securely on your iPadLearn iPad Week: Store passwords securely on your iPadWith so many different passwords to remember these days, it’s a tempting thought to write them all down. But if you’re looking for a more secure solution to remember your credentials why not make use of Notebooks for iPad’s password-protection function and create a secure note of all of your passwords? Notebooks for iPad has a variety of features, but password-protection is a standout. Cleverly, the app wont even show that you have sensitive data stored until you hit the lock icon in the top corner and enter your four-digit passcode, so there’s no chance of anyone getting a preview of what you’re hiding and becoming tempted to hack their way inside.

We wouldn’t recommend storing anything like bank details; as secure as the app may be, there’s always ways to bypass securities, so it’s better to avoid storing any information that may cause serious damage were it to fall into the wrong hands. However, we’ll show you how to input less pertinent passwords and keep them safe…Learn iPad Week: Store passwords securely on your iPad

Learn iPad Week: Store passwords securely on your iPad1: Click the cog

When you open the app for the first time, tap on the cog icon in the top-left to access Notebooks’ settings. In the settings window, tap Protection to access password-protection settings for your notes.

Learn iPad Week: Store passwords securely on your iPad2: Enable protection

Unless you’ve already entered a passcode, you’ll need to slide the ‘Enable Protection’ slider to the On position. You’ll then be asked to enter a passcode. This is the passcode you’ll use to protect your notes.

Learn iPad Week: Store passwords securely on your iPad3: Create a passcode

Notebooks will now ask you to enter your passcode and repeat it to confirm. Try not to use sequential numbers (eg 1,2,3,4) and think about repeating a number, as this makes it harder to guess your code.

Learn iPad Week: Store passwords securely on your iPad4: A new notebook

Head back to Settings and tap Done to return to Notebooks’ main screen. Tap the plus arrow in the top-right and then ‘New Book’. Name it and make sure password protection is switched to On.

Learn iPad Week: Store passwords securely on your iPad5: Find the book

Your newly created book won’t appear on the main screen because it’s password protected. To view password protected items you’ll need to tap the padlock icon in the top-right.

Learn iPad Week: Store passwords securely on your iPad6: Passcode practice

Enter your passcode to view your password- protected items. It might be annoying considering you’ve only just set this, but it’s good practice for when you’re trying to find a password in a hurry.

Learn iPad Week: Store passwords securely on your iPad7: A secret view

Once you’ve entered your passcode, the padlock icon turns red and any password-protected items appear in red. There’s also a book called ‘Protected Items’ that collects anything that’s been protected.

Learn iPad Week: Store passwords securely on your iPad8: A new note

Tap on your protected book and then on the plus button to create a new note. You can have books within books and even sketches that are password protected. You can also import external documents.

Learn iPad Week: Store passwords securely on your iPad9: Type your secrets

Once you’ve created your note you can type your passwords in the knowledge that they’re protected. You can have all passwords in one note or create separate ones for easy previewing in the book view.

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Learn iPad Week: Store passwords securely on your iPad

This tutorial is the sixth in our Learn iPad Week series; for more articles just like this, visit the Learn iPad Week tag. At the end of the week, we’ll be giving away a prize to one lucky person who gets in touch with a question or problem related to the iPad. To get involved, simply tweet your question, plus the hashtag #LearniPadWeek, to @iCreateMagazine or post on our Facebook wall.

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