Take Control of iPad Networking & Security
Publisher: TidBITS / Take Control Books
Final Release Date: July 2010

Inside, you'll find advice and steps for how to:

  • Set up an iPhone personal hotspot so that you can put any iPad on the Internet.
  • Connect to a Wi-Fi network at work, home, or when at a public hotspot.
  • Tweak a Wi-Fi network to give your iPad a faster connection.
  • Connect to Wi-Fi using secure connections—learn about the security pros and cons of MAC address filtering, WEP, WPA, WPA2, and VPNs.
  • Connect with 3G: This topic is most detailed in its discussions of plans from AT&T and Verizon Wireless in the United States, but it also takes a global perspective, with brief details about some data plans outside the United States and what to consider when traveling to a different country with your iPad.
  • Monitor and limit 3G data usage to save on your data plan.
  • Connect to Bluetooth peripherals such as keyboards and headsets, and do tethering and peer-to-peer pairing.
  • Understand what's at risk and protect the private passwords, documents, and data stored on your iPad.
  • Take preventative action: Get ideas for installing third-party remote-tracking software and turn on Apple's Find My iPhone.
  • Find out how to use Find My iPhone if your iPad is lost or stolen.
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Covers MOST of networking & security...

By Leo the ex-expat

from Central Valley, California

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  • Accurate
  • Easy to understand
  • Helpful examples
  • Well-written


  • Not comprehensive enough
  • Too basic

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  • Student

Comments about oreilly Take Control of iPad Networking & Security:

In short: 4 stars for novices, 2 stars for anyone coming to ORA for a techpub. Now to the review and why:

With a title that has phrases like 'take control' and 'iPad networking & security' I had high expectations. What I found was a book that covered almost all the basics but neglected some areas. One area glaringly so.

Let's start with the networking & access: there are a lot of good tips and walkthroughs that will help folks new to iPad or iOS devices to connect via WiFi, Bluetooth, or 3G. The 'Connect to 3G' section looks very helpful to those who would want to use this.

There is also a good selection of Apps that will get help you access and read files; the book showcases workhorse applications like iTeleport and GoodReader that *will* change how you work with your iPad.

However, I found it curious that dedicated downloader apps-- a class of app which function like MobileSafari, but allow downloading of files were not covered. These have been around for awhile, and add a lot of 'Open in.. functionality so that the user doesn't have to 'just use Mail'. So apps like Filer and Downloads HD? Not mentioned.

The security tips here about using TLS, SSL, SSH are also very good basic tips that could be used with any device but are tailored to the Apps presented. But then we have other tips like 'don't leave your iPad unattended..' which might cause some readers to roll their eyes.

The most glaring omission however, is the total lack of anything to say about iPad jailbreaking -- Pro or Con, and how this could compromise your device on a WiFi or 3G network.

This is a major issue with users *and* Apple, and you would expect it to be mentioned in a *security* book about iOS devices. Even a perfunctory 'don't do it' followed by 'if you do, you'll lose code-signing'-- which is the cornerstone of iOS security-- would have been a good start..

Another scenario: If the user jailbreaks, and then later finds themselves locked out of their iPad with Rick Astley on the lockscreen, this book will have no answers.(seriously, Google 'Rick Astley iPhone')(1)

I think this is EXTREMELY important to have in a 'security' book about iOS, especially now that iPads, children and curiosity are now in the mix, not only at home but at school.

Final verdict: users who are coming from the Windows world and have never touched an iPhone before will find plenty of essential tips & walkthroughs to get up to speed on iOS & the iPad. To them I strongly recommend this book.

But users who already have an iPhone full of apps, or who have home networks probably know most of what is written in this book. And, there is NO coverage of jailbreaking, a major issue.

The eBook I reviewed does come with a website & blog, so I hope the author does get around to covering these issues.

(1) Leo says: Don't jailbreak, don't install SSH, but if you do… change the default password!!

Disclosure: I received the eBook downloads for review purposes.

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