iPad mini Connected to computer, privacy

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Northoceanbeach, May 22, 2014.

  1. Northoceanbeach macrumors newbie

    May 14, 2014
    I'm a bit picky about privacy, I was wondering if there is any way to safely connect my ipad and iphone to my parents' computer without allowing it to access everything on my ipad or phone.

    I'm only learning about computers, but it may be no big deal, but what I want to do is get photos and videos off her computer onto my devices. She has had hers for a while, and while I hope there is no malware, it is a PC and I don't know if I can trust it.

    Should I be worried? Or is it fine. When I plugged my ipad in it asked me to trust this computer, and said the computer would have access to all my data stored on my ipad. I do t know if that means passwords or what.
  2. Mr_Brightside_@ macrumors 68030


    Sep 23, 2005
    While there is a chance you could get malware from the computer, it is vanishingly small as it could really only take the form of an infected app.
    Trusting the computer means that a backup could be made of your phone in iTunes which could hypothetically have passwords backed up. Since you will need to use iTunes to transfer photos and data, just make sure iTunes doesn't complete a backup. The best way of avoiding this is to turn on iCloud backup.
  3. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    What the previous poster said is correct. But the trickier part is that an iPad can only sync with one computer at a time. So if your iPad is synced with your own computer, syncing with your parents' computer would delete any stuff you synced from your computer.

    Much as I hate to say this, the simplest way to get pictures from your parents' computer onto your iPad is to copy them onto a USB stick, bring it home, copy them to your computer and sync from there.
  4. Pharmscott macrumors 6502a


    Dec 13, 2011
    Sacramento, CA
    No, the trust option doesn't mean access to your passwords. Go ahead and trust it and transfer the data. You could do it without using iTunes if it's just photos and video but the source video would need to be in native iPhone format. Then you could copy it to you DCIM folder without iTunes.

    Anyway, avoid the hassle and just do the sync. Be sure to start by disabling auto-sync. Then choose to not sync music, contacts, apps etc. unless you want all of your mom's stuff on your phone (I assume you don't). Finally, run a sync that only does the photo and video.

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