How to Make Your IPod More Secure.




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This Instructable was born of a student's panic when he lost his iPod Touch full of personal data, and was afraid he'd never get it back.

The Instructable is quick and easy to do, requires no extra apps, and could save you a lot of money and heartache.

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Step 1: A Quick Note

There are two steps to this instructable - displaying a contact method on your iPod's screen, and stopping anybody from going beyond that point.

First, use your iPod's Notes function to type in your contact details.

It is not a good idea to use your real name and address, so instead use a simple email address or a phone number you don't mind being shared amongst strangers.  Type it a few lines down the screen, so that it ends up clearly visible on the "Lock" screen.

If my sons take their iPods on school trips, they use the school's contact details.

Take a screen-shot of the note by holding in the power button and pressing the home button.

Step 2: Use the Photo

Close your Notes function, and open the Photos function.

Find the screenshot of your note in the "camera roll", and bring it to full-screen.

Tap the screen to bring up the menu options, then hit the "share" button (bottom left).  From that menu, select "use as wallpaper", and then select the "Lock Screen" option.

Your note will now appear on your iPod's screen when it is switched on.

Step 3: Setting the Lock

Now you have your contact details appearing on the iPod's screen, you now need to prevent casual attempts at opening your files.

From your home screen, select Settings, General, Passcode Lock, and then Turn Passcode On.

You will then need to type in a four-digit code.  Like any secure "PIN" system, you need to make the number reasonably memorable, but not insanely obvious.  Do not use "1234", "9999", "0000", "1098" etc.  Instead, maybe use the last four digits of your mobile number, the day and month of a birthday, the year you got married etc.

Confirm the code, make sure it is set to be required "immediately", and you are sorted.

Step 4: Well, Obviously...

If you have reached this point and are thinking that you have wasted a slice of your life on something that was blindingly obvious, please remember that there are many people less sensible than you, who leave their iPod lying around full of personal data, embarrassing photos and private emails, without any security at all.

In fact, I'm sure you know somebody who does that.

If you do, why not email them a link to this Instructable as a subtle hint to make themselves a little bit safer?

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    42 Discussions


    1 year ago

    I seriously would have never thought to do this. You just saved me from lots of sadness. This is great, thnx so much for posting.

    1 reply

    Wow, very practical...I had never thought of that before, great ideas! I will definitely do that on my iPod and soon to be iPad 3...:) thanks Kiteman!

    ...youre my favorite person on Instructables...

    3 replies

    Reply 1 year ago

    XD Happens to me all the time. Then you have to get out of wherever the double-click took you, click on the Notes icon again, then take the screenshot. Again.

    (My iPod takes me to Music for the double-click.)


    4 years ago

    Great idea about the notes! You could also turn off the simple passcode to make it a word, or phrase. This is a much more secure way to lock your phone/ iPod

    2 replies

    Reply 1 year ago

    That might be harder to remember, though. Say, what if you saw something strange in Gravity Falls, and put your new passcode that was a phrase, and then the Blind Eye kidnapped you and erased your memory from that moment, and you were never able to get back into your iPod again?

    That’d be cool, actually. I’d love to go to Gravity Falls. Minus the iPod locked-out part.


    3 years ago

    Ever hear the story about the boy who locked one of his relatives (distant or close, I can't remember) out of their phone for a million years (Quite literally)?

    1 reply

    7 years ago on Introduction

    Excellent points...

    I leave my iPhone on the passenger seat 50% of the time when
    coming home :-o

    What would help a lot, is an app that would ding sweetly when the
    engine stopped :)