Unlike the previous Kindle devices, Amazon’s Kindle Fire is a full-fledged Android tablet. This means there’s an absolutely massive range of software available for use on it- beyond reading e-books; it can run an office suite, it can run photo editing software, it can run games.
However, the versatility of the Kindle Fire isn’t entirely without its own problems. Google Play is something of a wild west environment; that trait allows a wide variety of useful and interesting software to appear, but it also means that there’s a risk of malware. The Amazon App-store isn’t quite as unregulated, but it’s still a real risk that you’ll encounter viruses there.
How to protect my Kindle Fire from viruses
The single most important part of avoiding malware with your shiny new Kindle Fire is watching what you download. Simply put- don’t grab every sketchy Tetris clone with Mario, Luke Skywalker, or Bugs Bunny’s face grafted onto it by its Russian basement coder.
Exercise some caution; consult reviews before making a purchase, and consider anything which is already legally dubious to be risky in its own right. At the present time, no Android malware spreading by vectors other than bad apps is in the wild; if you ensure that the apps you download are good, you can completely avoid Android malware.
Even if the app looks to be good, check the publisher out. If the publisher looks sketchy, stay away.
Android supports side loading- direct install of software from APK files, downloaded on a PC. Side loading isn’t something which is untrustworthy by default, and it absolutely has a valid place; the first versions of Angry Birds for Android were only available by side loading. However, it’s not wise to install strange APK files unless you have the utmost of trust in their originator. By the time you’ll know what’s in the APK, it’s already on your Kindle Fire.
All Android apps display a permissions list when installing. Check that out; if it look suspicious, stay far away from the app in question. Just stop the install and don’t look back. A text editor doesn’t need to send SMS messages; if it’s asking you for permission to do so, the odds are good that this feature is not entirely on the level. At best, asking for permissions that it doesn’t need to do its job means that an app is poorly-written; even in that scenario, it’s really fine to stay away.
Lastly, there is mobile anti-malware software. Many people laugh at these; they figure your tablet or phone doesn’t need anti-malware software. However, as a last line of defense, anti-malware software can ensure that your Kindle Fire will remain unmolested even where your own vigilance has failed.
So you ask How to Protect My Kindle Fire From Viruses? The Amazon App-store provides a selection of proven Android anti-malware software for free; Lookout Mobile Security and Dr. Web are among the best of these options. Running regular system scans with anti-malware software can save you a great deal of trouble in the long run; it certainly beats trying to get $2000 of phony charges dropped from your credit card bill after a rogue app gets your information.