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Initial post: Oct 1, 2011 2:47:42 PM PDT
C. Rissky says:
How do you prevent attacks on the new tablets? Is there a simple solution?

Posted on Oct 1, 2011 2:59:29 PM PDT
L. Anderson says:
If you're worried, install an antivirus app:

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 2, 2012 8:47:06 AM PST
which app is the best?

Posted on Jan 2, 2012 8:48:29 AM PST
SeaLevel274 says:
IMO anti-virus for the Fire would be a waste of money and app space.

Posted on Jan 2, 2012 9:04:10 AM PST
Antivirus companies peddle scareware. Viruses are a Windows problem.

"Virus companies are playing on your fears to try to sell you BS protection software for Android, RIM, and, iOS. They are charlatans and scammers. If you work for a company selling virus protection for Android, RIM or iOS, you should be ashamed of yourself."

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 2, 2012 9:25:55 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 2, 2012 9:29:40 AM PST
Natey says:
The main threat for android devices (like the Fire) comes from suspicious, useless apps that nobody's ever heard of. The apps on the Amazon app store should be safe. If you're side loading apps from the Android market, you have to be a bit more careful since there's a lot of potentially threatening junk on there. Just make sure you're getting them FROM the Android marketplace and not from Jimmy's Awesome Android (or whatever).

The best and simplest solution is to avoid side loading untrustworthy apps altogether. Downloading Dropbox or Dolphin Browser from the Android market is fine because the companies that make those apps are well known and fairly trustworthy. Even better, you can download apps like Opera's browser directly from their website onto your Fire. But you should really be wary of random gimmicky apps like "Joe's all-in-one Biometric palm scanner, mood reader, and dog whistle!!!!"

Posted on Jan 6, 2012 7:53:12 PM PST
LB77 says:
Can't you pick up a virus just surfing the web, or opening an email attachment, both of which you could do with the Fire. So why is anti-virus S/W not a must have?

Posted on Jan 6, 2012 7:54:33 PM PST
LB77 says:
Can't you pick up a virus just surfing the web, or opening an email attachment, both of which you could do with the Fire. So why is anti-virus S/W not a must have?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 6, 2012 10:06:15 PM PST
J. Spotts says:
Out of the package, the Kindle Fire is locked down fairly well considering that the there is limited port access, the content for the device comes from a reputable source (Amazon), and the OS is protected behind a virtual environment. The Kindle Fire is a nearly closed system. I say nearly, because despite the fore mentioned protection; you the user control what is allowed to run on the device and you can bring content not from reputable sources onto the device. It is important that you read the permissions before you allow an application to run on your device. Almost any malicious content you put on your device either by: USB, Tethering, Internet Downloads, etc. is dependent upon you clicking allow/deny. So the need for a bulky anti-virus/malware scanner on the device would be a mistake. What I think Amazon should consider implementing is a cloud based scanner that we can utilizes on-demand and maybe have set to run at scheduled times. The existing anti-virus apps utilize white/black lists (epic fail), so you can't consider them real AV's and they'll offer you no real protection.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 6, 2012 10:14:33 PM PST
Ernie says:
Fire is linux based and the OS is separated from malware by use of a sandbox.
There are no virus to speak of. There have been instances of malware - to prevent that the best defense is a savvy consumer.
When wallpaper apps ask for permission to access your contact list a flag should be raised.

Another wall in the linux armor, apps must tell you what permission they need to run and you must agree. Neat, eh?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 6, 2012 10:17:11 PM PST
C. Scilley says:
You do know that anti-virus protection does not protect you from everything. My daughter got a virus on her computer and she had Norton anti-virus protection. An anti-virus program would slow down the Fire. Basically the best protection is you. You can control what you put on the Fire. If you should get something that messes up the Fire, you just set it back to factory settings.

Posted on Jan 6, 2012 10:28:42 PM PST
M. Ratcheson says:
I'm less concerned about anti-virus, than an effective firewall. Has anyone used one available for the Fire from the Amazon Appstore? If so, can you share your experience with it? Thanks.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 6, 2012 10:53:17 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 6, 2012 11:00:00 PM PST
J. Spotts says:
While I'm inclined to agree with you, the vast majority of computer users are not knowledgeable to properly secure their system. You can find plenty of people willing to point them in the right direction, but how many are savvy and disciplined enough to set up? Sure, I could tell people to fore-go the traditional logic, but most of the information online to help them set up their system is skewed. More than half of it is mis-information because these people are paid to promote a particular software/company or because the people are idiots (that or they just enjoy making you look stupid). This is not to say that there aren't reputable supplies of computers that are already set up, but even this has its limitations. (1) it's not going to fit that customers every need (2) the customer that purchased it doesn't know what not to do. So ultimately, the biggest threat to security is the user. You can blame these companies for scamming them, but I think they get what they pay for. If they don't want to make a conscious effort to work at it. Who's really at fault for a compromised wireless network? or a trojan infested operating system? You the user. Finding people that accept personal responsibility is becoming a rarity. Even worse is determining who's the least informed ... the tech guys at best buy (that depend on a search browser and some free/cheap PC tune up utilities) or the guy that wants them to fix it so he can get back to watching porn.

@M. Ratcheson
I've yet to see any firewalls in the Amazon app store. There is Droidwall for the android market, but its only available for rooted devices. Since the device requires the user to allow permissions. I'd say the app/process management capabilities negate the need for one. I'd would however like to see Amazon release further detail regarding the security of the stock browser with and without cloud acceleration. The website doesn't say much, and you don't get very far phone wise. They've done a good job tying our hands when it comes to browser options unless you side-load dolphin and in some circumstances opera.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 7, 2012 11:46:57 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 7, 2012 11:47:22 AM PST
Ernie says:
C. Scilley - Your daughters computer runs LINUX?
Because the Fire, does.

Posted on Feb 8, 2012 1:14:06 PM PST
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Posted on Feb 8, 2012 2:07:30 PM PST
I have a kindle fire. I have a problem that some how my email contact list has been hijacked and sending spam to all my contacts. What do I do

Posted on Feb 8, 2012 4:18:30 PM PST
Just_Because says:
Android apps infect 5 million phones with something bad

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 8, 2012 4:26:26 PM PST
Jazzy_Jeff says:
Don't sit on it. Should be fine from any virus'.

Posted on Jun 4, 2012 9:43:27 AM PDT
J. Byrd says:
hey all you kindle fire customers! As of now there is no antivirus for fire! if you get a virus or problems set it back to default! that put any pc,laptop,fire back to it "purchase state!"
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