5. Don’t jailbreak your iPad.
Some iPad users tinker with the device's operating system so they can install apps that weren't approved by Apple. If you do so, you may disable the security protections that were designed into the iPad, exposing it to malicious software and hackers. Doing so may also void your warranty and may be illegal.
6. Don't leave your credit card number on file with stores.
If you leave your credit card number permanently on file with a website, it can be used by anyone who breaks into your online account. The card number can also be stolen and misused should the store suffer a data breach such as those that recently affected the major retailers Target and Neiman Marcus.
Other big online retailers such as Amazon and Apple iTunes let you remove all credit card numbers you keep on file with your existing account and then pay for each transaction individually. Some other stores you shop at may have a similar policy. If you shop at a store frequently, having to enter your card number each time you buy something can be an inconvenience, but it makes sense to do it for stores that you patronize less frequently.
Alternatively, you can obtain single-use credit card numbers from institutions such as Bank of America, Citibank, and Discover, that expire quickly and can only be used by one online store.
7. Watch out for e-mail phishing scams.
It's just as easy to be taken in by an e-mail scam on a tablet as on a regular computer. Beware of any e-mail that appears to come from a friend or a well-known institution (such as a bank, a credit card company, or PayPal) that asks you to click on a link, sign into an online account, or provide personal information, to supposedly rectify a security problem, prove your identity, or unlock a frozen account. The e-mail might be bogus or sent from a hacked account.
If you happen to fall for such a scheme, the criminal can quickly access your account and do business in your name. (If you manage to change the compromised account’s password immediately, you may be able to foil the thief). If you receive such an e-mail, delete it immediately.
This musical video, "Gone Phishing," delivers a serious message about how to avoid becoming a victim of phishing scams.