iPad lockdown: how to secure your tablet quickly

Schools, businesses, and the paranoid just found an easier way of securing their iPad, with a new gadget from Kensington that makes it possible for you to leave your tablet when you’re not around.

The Kensington SecureBack is a new iPad case that aims to bring the Kensington Lock to one of Apple’s devices missing the security feature.

Practically an industry standard, the Kensington Lock is a small rectangular hole designed for Kensington’s locking system, usually attached to a metal cable encased in rubber. Usually part of the computer chassis,  when the lock is in place and cable wrapped around an immovable object, the Kensington Lock makes it harder for a computer to be stolen.

The Kensington Lock is so popular that it’s included in pretty much every computer, with only a few Ultrabooks missing out.

The regular Kensington Lock oval is here on the back of the case, along with the new ClickSafe Lock on the top.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the Apple iPad lacks a Kensington Lock: the tablet is meant to be carried with you where ever you go. With that in mind, Apple didn’t need to throw a lock port in there, but some people apparently still want one.

Enter the SecureBack, a three part plastic case with the ports needed for both the new Kensington ClickSafe Lock and the old style lock.

To use it, simply grab slide the iPad into each of the two white sections, slide the grey lock section in place joining the case, and plug your Kensington Lock cable in. It’s pretty simple and allows you to secure your iPad to a desk, chair, or immovable object.

It’s worth noting that the SecureBack won’t protect your iPad from being accessed, so if you’re concerned at all for the data on the iPad – documents, emails, contacts – you’ll want to add a pin number to the lock screen.

While we can’t think of a purpose where this would suit us, can see it used in businesses and schools, or any place that doesn’t want to risk the loss of an iPad in a public location.