Smartphone & Tablet Security Settings – Senior Care Corner Family Caregiver Video Tips

Smartphone & Tablet Security Settings – Senior Care Corner Family Caregiver Video Tips


Welcome to Senior Care Corner. I’m Barry.
And I’m here to share another family caregiver video tip. Regular visitors to SeniorCareCorner.com
and to our Facebook page know that we talk a lot about getting our senior loved ones
connected with technology and social networking sites. And I’m pleased to say that a lot of
them are doing that. Like us, quite a few of you are using their mobile devices, their
tablets, their smartphones to stay connected and take their connections with them wherever
they go. Of course, they’re also taking all the data that’s on their devices wherever
they go and that brings a lot of risk with it.
Seniors living in nursing homes and assisted living facilities, anybody working in an office
or going shopping has the potential to put the device down and leave it behind. And that
means that somebody else can come up behind and whether innocently or not so innocently
take our device with them and all the data that’s on it. Well what kind of sensitive
information is there? Well how about the log in to your bank or
your social networking sites? Somebody who can get into those can steal your money or
steal your identity. How many of us do email on our mobile devices? Well that mean somebody
who has the device has access to our email not just to read what’s there but to send
email to others and receive email as us. With so many websites using email addresses
to reset passwords today that means somebody with our device would be able to reset the
password to all those sites and be able to do business or interact with others as us.
That’s kind of scary. Not only that but a number of companies today
are using our phone numbers in their customer records to keep track of who we are so that
when we call them their caller ID says it’s us and they go to that record so they can
be a little more personal able in dealing with us. But that also means that anybody
who’s using our phones to call will be able to talk as us and maybe eventually do business
with us. All of that means that we’ve got to be secure
about the way we use our devices. We’ve got to actually put some security on there and
there’s some built in. Well today we’re going to demonstrate security on iOS devices, those
devices from Apple–iPad, iPhone. Why iOS devices? Well, that’s what I know. Yes there
are also ways of being secure on Android devices, but maybe once you see here and if you have
an Android device, you’ll go back and find out what security settings are on your own
devices but let’s go ahead and jump into the demonstration.
Well we’re going to use the iPad for our demonstration. The process is the same with the iPhone but
we’ll take advantage of the fact that the iPad screen is a little bit bigger and hopefully
bigger for you to see. Now what we’ve got here is the home screen with some of my apps.
Your home screen is going to look different depending on the apps you have. But we’re
all going to start out here in Settings. Go into General and about halfway down on
the right, touch on Passcode Lock. And first thing we do is turn on and it asks us to enter
four digits. And then it asks us to enter them again to make sure that we pushed the
buttons that we thought that we did. Now I entered “0000” PLEASE don’t use that or “1234”
or any number that’s obvious about you that somebody could figure out easily because it
makes your device a whole lot less secure. Now once we’ve got that set here, you go down
and you look at Require Passcodes. And you can go in there and set the interval between
the need to enter the passcode. Do you want it short, so that if you put it down the passcode
will come up quickly and be more secure? Or do you want to leave a longer interval in
there so you don’t have to enter it as often? The choice is yours.
Now Apple also gives us the ability to stay with the simple passcode or enter something
more complex. Now the first thing you’ll see here is, and anytime that you’ve got a passcode
set and you want to change anything about it, you’ve got to enter your current passcode.
I think that’s a great feature because that way somebody can’t come behind and if it hasn’t
been time to enter the new passcode yet, go in and change it, really eliminating all your
security. Now what you have here is the ability to enter any passcode you want to, now you
can enter anything more complex, something easier to forget maybe but it’s up to you.
It’s a trade-off between security and complexity. I would suggest that you, like me, sometimes
forget things that you write down your passcode somewhere safe and maybe even tell one or
two people you trust and can reach in a hurry so that you can get into your device should
you maybe forget the passcode. Now we’re going to cancel out of the Change Passcode here
so we’re back to the simple one. Last thing I want to point out on this screen
is the Erase Data. I think that’s another great feature that allows you, if you turn
it on, to set it so that your, all the data on your device will erase if somebody goes
in and enters the wrong passcode 10 times. Now it will do that even if it’s you that
enters it 10 times. But as long as you don’t forget it, that’s a great level of security.
I mean there are 10,000 options with a four digit passcode and unless you’ve set something
easy for somebody to get to, they’re going to use all those 10 and erase the data before
they can get to it. One more thing I want to point out here before
we end is another feature if you leave your device behind and if you put it in a sock
drawer or anywhere and simply leave it in a sofa cushions called “Find iPhone”; which
also works whether it’s an iPhone or an iPad. You go to another Apple device, turn on the
app in that device and what it gives you the ability to do is find all your devices and
here we’re going to go ahead and use it on my iPhone because I really don’t want to enter
my settings here for all the world to see. And what you can do it set it so that it plays
a sound here *ping ping*. That should be loud enough for you to find your device wherever
it is. We’ll go ahead and turn that off. But it also has settings to put it in a lost
mode so that you can track it, wherever it is on the map. Find out where you left it
or find where somebody who’s stolen it has taken it. Or you can also use it and press
the button to erase all the data that’s there. Again as long as you have another Apple device
or know somebody with one, you can use this to find what you’ve got. So really there are
security settings there and we hope you use them!
Well I hope you found that demonstration to be helpful and you will take what you’ve seen
back to senior loved ones and help them to set up security on their devices and maybe
even set it up on your own. After all we want everybody to stay connected but we want everybody
to stay connected safely and securely. We hope you’ll stop back by and check our
other family caregiver video tips and everything else we have to offer at SeniorCareCorner.com.
We hope to see you soon!

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