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Initial post: Nov 18, 2011, 4:53:53 AM PST
TooOlduvai says:
It's only a matter of time before the creeps start writing viruses for it. What does Amazon offer in the way of anti-virus protection for the Kindle Fire?

Posted on Nov 18, 2011, 5:04:35 AM PST
Malachi says:
I haven't checked specifically, but if you keep it locked down (ie. don't root it) it shouldn't be a problem. The only app store available on the Fire is Amazon's and they check everything thoroughly before they place it the store to be bought and downloaded.

I'm sure Amazon will be quick to fix any security holes that might be discovered.

Posted on Nov 18, 2011, 5:14:50 AM PST
T. Cook says:
How would the "creeps" get the virus onto your Amazon Fire?
If you _buy_ your apps from authorized stores like Amazon's App store, then there should be no viruses...
If you "acquire" your apps from alternate sources, it's just the same as doing it on a desktop, questionable sources can give you questionable software...

Posted on Nov 18, 2011, 5:22:33 AM PST
It wouldn't have to be a virus, just a destructive app. To get apps from Amazon you have to select 'accept apps from unknown sources' so just load a 'killer' app onto the net and salivate at the thought of the suckers who checked OK to accepting apps from unknown sources.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 18, 2011, 5:26:54 AM PST
TooOlduvai says:
Through the browser via wi-fi - the same way they get viruses onto unprotected laptops.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 18, 2011, 5:29:09 AM PST
Malachi says:
No, you don't have to select 'accept apps from unknown sources' to download apps from Amazon. The Kindle works with Amazon's app store right out of the box.

Like I wrote, if you keep it locked down, it shouldn't be much of a problem. Not impossible though, I'm sure.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 18, 2011, 5:31:23 AM PST
Malachi says:
Sure, but those would be security holes that Amazon would need to fix. An anti-virus program isn't going to help with that, and that is what I understood the OP to be asking.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 18, 2011, 5:56:33 AM PST
T. Cook says:
Yes, someone hacking into your device over WIFI, usually anti-virus programs don't protect from that...

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 18, 2011, 5:58:56 AM PST
Jarvis says:
They will give you a replacement kindle. Problem solved.

Posted on Nov 18, 2011, 6:56:19 AM PST
TooOlduvai says:
Okay, scratch the "anti-virus" reference, and replace it with security. What's to keep someone from hacking into it?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 18, 2011, 7:01:36 AM PST
Malachi says:
If you're attached to public Wi-Fi, nothing. Hopefully, there aren't many security holes.

This is Android we're talking about here. Not that that's some magical recipes against hack attacks, but apps do run in their own sandboxes and most are written in Java. So, we're not talking about the same kinds of risks that, say, Windows would have.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 18, 2011, 10:03:18 AM PST
Jarvis says:
what are they going to steal from it if they hack it? Your kindle books?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 18, 2011, 11:00:07 AM PST
TooOlduvai says:
User ID and passwords.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 18, 2011, 11:01:01 AM PST
TooOlduvai says:
I'm not familiar with Android - thanks. It's good to know it's not as vulnerable as Windows.

Posted on Nov 21, 2011, 10:53:44 PM PST
Mentiri says:
It may be more vulnerable than you thought... check this out. http://technolog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/11/21/8932272-mcafee-malware-loves-android

Posted on Nov 21, 2011, 10:55:36 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 21, 2011, 10:56:53 PM PST
Ernie says:
It's linux - it utilizes a sandbox.
You have to download, give permission to, and install a nefarious app - of which there are like zero.

AV is a waste of time on Androids.

Of course the maker of AV software will release articles to support their point.
To date - not one AV package has found malware before the community at large or the hardware people found it. Not a one.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 5, 2011, 5:28:50 AM PST
DDDave says:
I see your point about not needing AV software. So how exactly is the community going to find Malware on my Kindle Fire? I understand amazon fixing security holes with updates, but that's usually after a number of people have $200 paperweights sitting on their desks! I am mostly concerned with web surfing bricking my Kindle or slowing it down to a crawl. So nothing from the web has ever made an android unusable before? I find that hard to believe (so much so, I am rethinking Santa being real).

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 8, 2012, 8:32:43 AM PST
G-Ma G says:
I have just gotten the Kindle Fire. What do you mean by locked down and don't root it.

Posted on Apr 28, 2012, 11:50:00 AM PDT
Aero Smith says:
I've used android on my cells and have had my email hacked. All of my contacts received the same fake message and a link to a sex site. Luckily only 2 of my friends clicked on the link and called me so I was able to send a new email with disregard my previous email in the subject line. Couldn't a virus also be sent this way?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 28, 2012, 11:56:05 AM PDT
Aero Smith says:
Didn't you have to give a credit card info to dl from market?

Posted on Jun 11, 2013, 9:42:08 PM PDT
lalalala says:
But really is there anything protecting. This thing online ? Or is it just like "hey look at me im a child outside without my parents"
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