Can I over-ride corporate enforced rules?

Discussion in 'iPad Hacks' started by jweaver, Aug 19, 2011.

  1. jweaver macrumors member

    Apr 15, 2011
    I have a privatly owned iPad2 on which I don't have a password.. Infact, if I could I would turn off the "swipe to unlock" screen......

    My company has just setup a link to our Email system, so that people like me, can use their iPhone/iPads to get email.. This was obviously appealing since my works Blackberry is a pain to use.

    I heard that there were some "rules" regarding the use of an private iPad with work email and I planned on just saying "yes, of course I have a password" and carrying on as I was.. But when I created my email account, I found that the rules were forced.

    I have to have a password.. And if you get the password wrong x times, it will wipe the device.

    Since this is my own iPad, I don't want this, so I removed the email link so I could have it back as it was... I realise that these 'rules' are in place to protect the company, but in my case they are a bit OTT, and I just wondered if there was any way around it.

    are there any 'hacks' to over-ride these rules? Or am I stuck?

  2. jweaver thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 15, 2011
    Thought so.. Bugger :)

    Its a nice idea to have work mail and in truth would make my life much easier... BUT.. Have to put a password in every time I switch on, and having the threat of it getting wiped if someone enters the wrong PW a few time doesn't appeal.

    I think I will live without it for the time being.


  3. blevins321 macrumors 68030

    Dec 24, 2010
    Winnipeg, MB
    If it's the wiping that really gets to you, it forces mandatory breaks before this happens. Off memory, 3 times wrong-1 minute, another 3-5 minutes, another 2-30 minutes, another 1-bye bye data.
  4. danielowenuk macrumors 6502

    Mar 18, 2011
    I recently added nhsmail to my personal ipad for work, they too insist on you having a passcode for opening the device.

    You can however set it to only prompt every 15 minutes, which for me feels much less of a burden.
  5. 0dev macrumors 68040


    Dec 22, 2009
  6. accessoriesguy macrumors 6502a

    Jul 8, 2011
    Wow, I wonder what kind of restrictions you have on your home computer :eek:
  7. sbddude macrumors 6502a

    Sep 27, 2010
    Nor Cal, USA
    is it jailbroken? there's probably a cydia tweak that does what you want.

    I know there is a way to remove the lock screen. i do that on my ipad.
  8. SethKOne macrumors member

    Feb 12, 2011
    An acquaintance was recently "let go" from a Fortune 500 company for running a utility on his PC that let him access his email without going through the company firewall. No warning, second chance, nothing.

    I don't know which company you work for, but these rules are in place for a reason, and more importantly, chances are management take it seriously. I'd think carefully before proceeding.
  9. kalex macrumors 65816

    Oct 1, 2007
    Yep. U break the rules, get caught, join the unemployment line.
  10. bufffilm, Aug 20, 2011
    Last edited: Aug 20, 2011

    bufffilm Suspended


    May 3, 2011
    imo that fortume 500 company has a mismanaged network if a user can succeed in bypassing their firewall. if they're that serious about their policies, someone ought to have put their network group to some hard questioning.

    as for the OP's question, you'd have to be crazy to agree to lockdown your own ipad just so that you can get company email on it. either argue the case to your boss to have them buy you an ipad for business use or shut up and live with your decision. no one put a gun to your head and said you had to.
  11. TC25 macrumors 68020

    Mar 28, 2011
    Amazing. Because of the severe :rolleyes: imposition of a password, you'd risk your job? You should be fired for having no common sense and being dishonest.
  12. bruinsrme macrumors 603


    Oct 26, 2008
    It's their system and security of their property.
    As others have mentioned play by their rules or pay the dues.
    From my Xoerience when something like skirting the security becomes known there will be a memo sent out regarding the security rules, every employee signs to acknowledge the rules, break them and the next paper will be the walking papers.
    I think you spend more time looking for a new job that you'll spend swiping and entering password.
  13. Fry-man22 macrumors 6502


    Nov 25, 2007
    Jailbreak and look in Cydia for Exchange unlock to remove the passcode requirement.
  14. matbook101 macrumors 6502


    Feb 8, 2010
    In the secret land of Cupertino.
    if you're afraid of someone wiping it just back it up several times a day. Also if they just require you to have a password then make it "a" or something that is 1 letter.
  15. jesterscourt macrumors regular


    Mar 4, 2009
    If they are using an exchange server, this is probably a requirement that you shouldn't supersede. Even if you can "get around it" it is probably a code of conduct violation that would not only get you fired, but not be able to apply for unemployment benefits. Just be careful. Your corporate info is backed up to the exchange server, so backup your Personal Info regularly.
  16. jweaver thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 15, 2011
    Calm down every.. "dishonest"?? Hang on.. It was mearly a question.. Dishonest is hardly appropriate, is it?

    My iPad never leaves the house so other than a burglery, no-one could get access to it... No one is asking or even forcing me to use it for work.. But its would just be convenient for me use it for Work email rather than suffer RSI from using my BB for hours every day... But I am not willing to lock my iPad down like this, for something which doesn't really benefit me, so I gave up on the idea.

    Whether its "common sense" or not, I just figured that there might be a way to get around the restriction.. After all, in the job that I do, I would be surprised if ANY burglar who happened to break into my house and steal my iPad would be interested in any of the mails that I get or send.

    I know its a corporate restriction.. And I know its there for good reason.. But we arn't a high security company there are many breaches far worse than this all over.

    But I never imagined that this question would get some of you so uptight, so please cna we drop this.. I get the point.. I am clearly being naive and I deserve to be sacked or worse still burn in hell for eternity for thinking such a terrible thought!


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