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Kindle Fire Safety Tips – How to Keep Your Information Secure

Saturday, June 7th, 2014

Kindle Fire is a popular tablet from Amazon which made its debut in 2011. The device runs on Fire OS which is a customized version of Google Android operating system and provides seamless access to Amazon ecosystem (Appstore, Kindle ebooks, Instant videos etc.). According to reliable estimates, Kindle Fire is currently the second best selling tablet in the US market. This article will focus on Kindle Fire Safety Tips and reveal several methods on how to keep your Kindle Fire and Amazon account secure.

1. Lock Your Screen

This is the easiest way to prevent unauthorized people from accessing your Kindle Fire. To lock the screen of the device, simply tap on the gear icon in the upper right corner and then tap on More to see the complete list of settings. Next, tap on Security and enable the “Lock Screen Password” feature.

Kindle Fire does have a security flaw since it allows anyone to reset the device to factory settings simply by entering the incorrect password few times. But your personal data remains protected even in such a scenario and you would be able to recover apps, books, movies and other data from the cloud at any time. However, it must be kept in mind that app data and settings cannot be recovered by any means even if someone accidentally resets the device to factory setting.

2. Disable 1-Click Purchase

Since the Kindle Fire is directly tied to your Amazon account and makes it easy to buy things with just one-click, it is possible for anyone who gets access to your Kindle Fire to make a purchase on your behalf. Needless to say, this could rack up a huge credit card bill for you without your knowledge. To prevent this from happening, you need to log into your Amazon account and disable the 1-click purchase option available within the account setting.

3. Wi-Fi Security

Remember to disable Wi-Fi when you are not using it so that your data remains safe on public Wi-Fi hotspots. In addition, you can also set up a password for Wi-Fi access so that your kids cannot use the internet without your permission. To set up a password for Wi-Fi access, tap on the gear icon, then on Settings, Wi-Fi and “Enable Restrictions” options.

4. Encrypt Connection to the Cloud

While Kindle Fire doesn’t support VPNs directly, it does allow you to encrypt your connections to Amazon cloud and protect your Amazon data from getting compromised. To enable this feature, you must open the Settings window of the Silk browser and then tap on Optional Encryption.

5. Stay Away from Unknown Apps

Kindle Fire makes it possible to install third party app that are not available on Amazon AppStore. However, you should only install those apps that are really secure and have received great feedback from the actual users. To disable the installation of third party apps, look for the “Allow Installation of Applications” option under device settings and disable it.

6. Prepare for Theft

If you happen to lose your Kindle Fire then you should change your Amazon password immediately. In addition, you should change security credentials for all apps and services that you have used through the device as well as contact the Amazon Customer Service department to get the device de-registered from your Amazon account.

June 7, 2014

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