How To: Managing Your Xoom Security

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Motorola’s Xoom tablet is a powerful tool, but it’s also a security risk. Below are some simple rules you can follow to make sure your Xoom security is kept at a high level.

Lock Your Screen

You can lock your screen so that no one else can access your data or buy applications without your knowledge.

To lock your screen:

  1. From the home screen, touch Apps then go to Settings > Location & security.
  2. Touch Configure lock screen.
  3. Touch Pattern, PIN, or Password
  • If you touch Pattern, you are prompted to create a pattern and then redraw it to confirm it.
  • If you touch PIN or Password, you are prompted to set a PIN or password.

Stopping Viruses and Malware

One of the biggest security risks on a tablet is third party apps. Make sure to do some research before downloading any app to your Xoom tablet. Below are some helpful tips that can help protect your tablet:

  • Check the app’s rating

Does the app get a high rating (four or five stars)? If it does, it’s probably good. But if no one has posted any comments with a high star rating, be careful. You have no idea if it’s reliable or not.

  • Read the comments

Before downloading any app, read reviews from other users who have downloaded it. That gives you a good idea if anyone else has experienced anything fishy about the app.

  • Check the information the app will access

When installing an app, be sure to find out what information the app will access. If you do not want to allow access to that information, cancel the installation. If you are installing an app that helps you create a shopping list, for example, the app does not need access to your contacts.

  • Check the developer’s website

On the app description screen, you can touch Visit the developer’s webpage to go directly to it. Does it look professional or quickly thrown together? If it doesn’t look legitimate, it’s best not to download it.

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Jared Howe

Jared Howe is PRIVATE WiFi’s Senior Manager, Product Marketing Communications. Working in high tech for over 15 years, Jared currently lives in Seattle with his wife, daughter, and their two cats.