With 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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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