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Initial post: Aug 9, 2011 12:36:53 PM PDT
Is there a way to password protect my kindle?

Posted on Aug 9, 2011 12:38:55 PM PDT
Bixillarla says:
Menu - Settings - Device Password - click on turn on.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 9, 2011 12:45:03 PM PDT
I did that, but it never asks me for a password!

Posted on Aug 9, 2011 1:02:38 PM PDT
Artist says:
After you turn it on, it will ask you for the password you want to use, and will ask you for a password hint. Did it do that? If it didn't, then you didn't set it properly. Whenever it goes into sleep mode (or you turn the Kindle off), it will ask for the password when you try to turn it back on.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 9, 2011 1:06:56 PM PDT
I will try it again.

Posted on Aug 9, 2011 2:04:22 PM PDT
Keep in mind that any one can do a search and discover all you have to do to get past the password protection is type resetmykindle. When this is done the kindle is set back to factory and all the books are removed.

Posted on Aug 9, 2011 2:35:41 PM PDT
Artist says:
At least they don't get to enjoy your books that way!

Posted on Aug 10, 2011 4:35:48 AM PDT
I was hoping having the password would keep them from being abel to do anything with the Kindle. That is good information to know.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 10, 2011 6:42:42 AM PDT
ShirleyKat says:
The more times people post this, the sooner it becomes general knowledge and encourages finders to keep a Kindle rather than return it to the owner.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 10, 2011 1:59:47 PM PDT
TuxGirl says:
If you contact Amazon as soon as a kindle is lost/stolen, they can brick it remotely so that it cannot be re-registered to an amazon account unless you call back and tell them you found it. you will still need to deregister it yourself, but that will prevent them from being able to use any amazon account with it.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 10, 2011 3:00:24 PM PDT
There isn't anything that keeps them from doing anything on a stolen kindle. Deregistering it just keeps them from buying from amazon, but that isn't necessary either. Password protecting just causes them to lose your books when they undo it, but they can still get books from other places when you deregister it. Of my 800 books, only 100 came from amazon and they were all freebies.

Posted on Aug 10, 2011 3:07:06 PM PDT
The real issue in password protection is for those who put confidential personal and business documents on a Kindle. If they lose the Kindle and it doesn't have a password, that's a serious issue.

I don't see any reason to password protect so that you *protect* your book purchases. Amazon has those backed up and nothing is lost except the hardware. A password isn't going to keep the hardware from being lost or stolen.

And Amazon has been good about refunding any unauthorized purchases on your card if you de-register and notify them in a reasonable amount of time. So in truth, your credit card isn't at that much risk either unless you don't notice that your Kindle is missing.
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Initial post:  Aug 9, 2011
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