Q. Hi Kim. I recently got an iPad Mini and a friend of mine told me I should create a stronger passcode than the 4-digit PIN I use now. How do I do that?
-Terri of Minneapolis, MN, listens to my national radio show on KTCN 1130 AM.
A. That's an excellent question, Terri. First, I'm glad you took the time to create a 4-digit passcode to keep out snoops. A lot of users don't even bother. Second, I'm glad you have a good friend looking out for your security!
Users who create 4-digit passcodes such as 0000 and 1234 might as well turn the security feature off. Lazy PINs are easily cracked when gadgets fall into the wrong hands.
Think about it: Your iPad probably stores as much personal information as your home computer, sometimes more. You don't want to leave it exposed.
On the other hand, you don't want to spend 4 minutes tapping out a complex password every time the gadget goes to sleep. iOS allows up to 37 characters for a complex passcode!
So the trick is to make a longer and stronger passcode that will thwart a bad guy - but is also easy for you to remember and enter on a virtual keyboard.
To set up a more complex password on iOS gadgets, tap Settings>>General>>Passcode Lock.