Can you hear me now? Tales from a Cisco voice instructor

Oct 28 2011   7:14PM GMT

iPad Security Flaw

Dave Bateman Dave Bateman Profile: Dave Bateman

So you have one of those shiny iPad 2s do you? You keep it close to your heart and store your life on the thing don’t you? You aren’t afraid of the wrong person getting their hands on that information because you have a passcode on it. You even went so far as to enable a more complex passcode, and you enabled the feature that will wipe your iPad if the wrong passcode is entered ten times in a row. While all that is well and good, you might not be as safe as you think you are.

It turns out that all one needs to unlock your iPad 2 is a smart cover. If you happen to be using one of those already, then you have done half the work for them. Here’s how it works. On an iPad 2 that is locked, hold the power button until the shutdown slider appears and then simply close and open the the smart cover. Voila, I iPad is unlocked. It’s a neat trick if you forgot your passcode, but no so neat if someone else gets their hands on your iPad.

I am sure this will be addressed rather quickly by Apple. They seem to be pretty responsive to things like this. This is just one more reason to make sure you stay up to date with the IOS updates. Remember, you are only as safe as the code you are running.

 Comment on this Post

There was an error processing your information. Please try again later.
Thanks. We'll let you know when a new response is added.
Send me notifications when other members comment.

Forgot Password

No problem! Submit your e-mail address below. We'll send you an e-mail containing your password.

Your password has been sent to:

Share this item with your network: