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Using the Kindle Fire HDX: 7 Tips for Online Safety

By Nancy C. Muir

When using your Kindle Fire HDX, be sure to protect yourself from spam, malware, identity theft, viruses, and more. If you use a few simple guidelines when browsing, downloading, or posting content online, you and your information can stay relatively safe.

Consider these seven online-safety tips:

  • Use caution when posting information to a social networking site such as Facebook. If you haven’t limited your account to trusted friends, telling people your whereabouts, or your emotional state, can open you to potential theft or bullying.

  • Never download a file, such as a free game or e-mail attachment, unless you’re sure of the source. Such files can contain viruses that can damage your computing device. (Free apps or music from Amazon that you access using your Kindle Fire HDX should be relatively safe to download).

  • Be careful what you show in photos that you share. Your own appearance can make you a target for ID theft or bullying, and photos can also reveal your location or a regular hangout, your family members’ appearances, and your car license plate, for example.

  • Don’t forward e-mails that have long lists of recipients on them. This is common with photos or jokes that are forwarded all around the Internet. By leaving these addresses in an e-mail you are putting everybody, including yourself, at risk of having your e-mail address co-opted by a spammer or hacker.

  • If you address an e-mail to several recipients, put their addresses in the Bcc field.

  • Change settings for the Silk browser in your Kindle Fire. You can block pop-up windows that may contain advertising or dangerous links, use encryption for web requests, choose not to accept cookies (small files that some sites place on your device to identify you), and clear your browsing history so that nobody else can see where you’ve gone online.

  • Be very careful about what links you follow online. Tapping a link can lead you to a site that will download malware to your device or display information you prefer not to see.