Apple devices have many security and privacy features that enable a user to choose the level of privacy that he/she wants. The iDropNews article, 8 Important Security Settings Every iPhone or iPad Owner Should Know, provides details about these options and how to activate these options.
Security and Privacy Settings
- Change Lock Screen Notification Settings
- Use a Unique, Alphanumeric Passcode
- Tweak Lock Screen Access Settings
- Lock Your Notes
- Set Up Two-Factor Authentication
- Privately Browse Safari
- Turn Off Location Tracking
- Tweak Ad Tracking Settings in Safari
- As teachers and presenters, we connect our iDevice to a projector and display our screen to a class. However, we do not want notifications to popup - especially notifications that might include confidential student information or even our own personal correspondence. I personally use the Do Not Disturb feature so that incoming emails, text messages and calls do not come through. Do Not Disturb works well for work related notifications; however, my personal devices are set to allow notifications from my immediate family to come through. I can use Change Lock Screen Notifications to instantly turn off all email and text message notifications when presenting.
- As educators - TVIs and COMS included - we often use our own devices (school provided or personal) when evaluating or teaching students to use technology. As a COMS, many of my students , especially younger students, do not have their own iPhone. In order to introduce these O&M students to GPS apps and other O&M-related apps, I allow my responsible students to use my personal iPhone. For safety reasons, I turn on the Do Not Disturb feature, but again, this still allows my immediate family member texts, emails and phone calls to come through. Now, I use Change Lock Screen Notifications to eliminate these notifications.
Note: When VoiceOver is running, notifications that pop up will automatically be read aloud!
Tweak Lock Screen Access Settings
- Camera: I have had a couple of students who have inappropriately grabbed someone else's iDevice to take prank pictures. When this is an issue, a simple solution is to turn off the ability to take pictures from the Lock Screen. When this feature is de-activated, then the student must know the iDevice's password before he/she has access to the camera.
- Text Messages: You can also use this setting to disable the ability to respond to a text message without first unlocking the device.