In our recent digital citizenship conversations we have been having as a class, certain themes have tended to emerge. One of these has been digital security. Our class have been learning how to create secure passwords and we have been identifying areas that could compromise our security when using the internet. As part of these discussions we have also been looking at ways of keeping our devices physically safe.
This week I introduced my class to a cool app called find my iphone. This is an app I have recently installed on my ipad and it has a number of features that will help me if I should ever misplace of have my device stolen.
Here's how it works. Download the app from the app store (it's free). Sign in with your Apple ID on your device and turn on Find My iPhone to allow you to locate it. Then use the same Apple ID to turn on Find My iPhone on your other iOS 4.2 (or later) devices including iPhone 3G, 3GS, or iPod touch (2nd generation or later).
Find My iPhone is also included with a MobileMe subscription.
As I don't have another iOS device, I can use the mobile me website, accessed from any computer to locate my ipad.
You’ll see your device’s location on a map and you can choose to have it display a message or play a sound, remotely lock the device, or wipe it to permanently delete all of your data if you think that it won’t be returned. For added security, the app will automatically sign you out after 15 minutes, or you can manually sign out at any time.
Pretty cool features which give users another level of physical security for their idevices.