Hey, Erik here, and you’re reading my uncensored review of what were my experiences with one particular iPad security app.
Why am I writing this? Well, when I was thinking about this topic in the first place, there weren’t many real reviews about specific iPad software around so I thought I’d write one quickly to help any of you who are in the same position I was.
iPad security layers
As it is with all information security related concepts, we need to be aware of several layers. First of all, what are our security goals? We can distinguish between the following:
Of course availability is not our main concern when it comes to iPad. That is because we really cannot do anything about it but to charge and maintain it.
Integrity however is interesting when it comes to using email on the iPad. Integrity means that data we’re sending is not being tempered with while creating and transmitting emails. Since there are no build-in features specifically designed for that purpose, additional software is recommended.
Finally: confidentiality. We don’t want others to see the content of our data, whether we talk about emails or app data such as notes, health information or the personal information of the contacts we have. Apple did not design specific features for securing that data either, so our designated software must serve that purpose as well.
I found a VPN security software specifically designed for iPad which we will discuss in a second. But be warned, I’ll be going into both the good and the bad points, so if that’s something you might not want to hear, then you may as well leave now.
Alright, first of all, the key features being addressed by the software I write about are:
- iPad security through app data protection
- Anonymous internet security and privacy
- Secure email
- Free web access
To my surprise, it is not only specifically designed for the iPad, it even works – whereas it was the only software I discovered where both is true ;-)
The software is called HidePad.
iPad privacy and security made easy
Now what’s to say about that? Well, first of all, everyone that expects wonders will be disappointed. Of course every software that interacts with various system components means both a little less performance and a little less battery life. That said, the features are wonderful. Its feature set is neither filled with useless functionality and disturbing settings to fight through, nor is there any vital component missing. Data and network communication are secured by 128 or 256 bit encryption mechanisms, the use of personal information can be monitored across emails, websites and applications.
Another feature I especially like is the “unblock websites” functionality. In case your country, school, employer or internet provider blocks certain websites or services, HidePad is able to go around those restrictions without having the user enter any complicated proxy settings. For me as a user it felt like seamless integration. As an IT professional I know that security and usability not often go hand in hand. Being a traveller, using my iPad in public places feels far more safe using HidePad.
If I had to put into one sentence:
HidePad enables you to have a more secure digital experience without stealing too much of your desired mobile way of life.