YES! Modern technology has made proofreading transcripts on an iPad extremely secure. We’d venture to say it’s much safer than using a printer and paper — ’cause you can’t password protect that stuff. The added security makes the job of a proofreader much more flexible. There’s no need to worry about losing the job or pages going missing if you take advantage of the security features inherent with the iPad and the annotation app.
Not only can you use the iPad’s settings to password-protect your device (some models even have a fingerprint identity sensor, making it virtually impossible for thieves to break into your device), you can also password protect the iAnnotate app itself — so no one can get into your files.
Transcripts are not always part of public record and may contain bits and pieces of sensitive information; therefore, it’s paramount to use a method of proofreading that will keep the content secure.
iAnnotate is a fantastic way to do that.
Here is a tutorial to show you how to password protect your files within the app. You’ll want to scroll down to the section on “Security”.
Court reporters may also choose to password protect the PDFs they send to you. If this is the case, iAnnotate is also equipped to store the passwords for those PDFs.
For Additional Security
If you’re still worried about people snooping on the transcripts you’re reading, use a privacy protection screen mount for iPad mini (or Air). This screen mount ensures your eyes are the only ones able to see what’s on the screen — the way it should be.
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