How to Protect Your Amazon Firestick From Hackers

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This article is a collaborative post.

If you can’t imagine your day without some quality entertainment, the Amazon Firestick is the gadget for you. This device allows you to have all of your streaming services in one place. It also has games, photo storage, music, podcasts, and so much more.

You don’t have to spend your holidays in a hotel room watching the same old boring TV programs when you have a Firestick. Every smart TV supports this device, and it will completely change the way you watch your favorite shows or movies.

But just like any gadget that uses Wi-Fi, Amazon Firestick can be targeted by cybercriminals. Let’s see what you can do to protect your Amazon Firestick from hackers!

What is a Firestick?

Amazon Firestick looks like a tiny USB stick. Users get a very stylish remote control with it too. As previously mentioned, you need to plug it into a smart TV. Then you will have access to your Amazon TV account and other streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu. Remember to pay those subscriptions separately as they are not a part of the Amazon Firestick.

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Amazon Prime users can unlock additional content with this device. So you will have much more movies and shows available than ever before. Of course, Firestick remembers your preferences. Every time you use the gadget, you can see your favorite TV shows and movies because it won’t restart when you plug it out.

Firestick allows you to access your Amazon cloud storage too. Therefore, all the files you have there will be viewable. Additionally, if you use Firestick for gaming or listening to podcasts while you do chores around the house, Amazon Store has plenty of apps you can download and try. And yes, Spotify is available on Amazon Firestick as well!

Cyber Risks of Using a Firestick

Amazon Firestick might not look like it is attractive to cybercriminals. However, it can be used as a cryptocurrency miner. In 2018, a virus called ADB.miner started infecting Amazon Fire TVs and Firesticks. Users noticed that their devices started to lag, and it was almost impossible to use them.

Additionally, there is a risk related to your personal information. Gadgets like Firestick collect an insane amount of data about the users. It is used for personalized recommendations, as well as ads. Plus, they store serial numbers, IP addresses, and so on. While this doesn’t seem like a big deal at first, third parties are interested in this information.

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As you can see, hacking a Firestick is still valuable to cybercriminals. If you tend to use Amazon Firestick on your home Wi-Fi network and perform regular software updates, you don’t have to worry too much about your information finding its way to the dark web. But those of you who travel a lot shouldn’t use this device without a VPN for Firestick.

How to Prevent Cyber Risks

Luckily, Amazon Firestick owners can prevent malware from attacking the gadget and minimize the cyber risks. Some of these safety practices are universal, meaning you can apply them to any device you currently use.

Careful With the Downloads

Third-party apps might look great at first, but you never know what else you might get with your download. These could be infected with malware. To prevent any surprises, make sure you only use amazon-approved apps on your Firestick. Another thing we have to point out is that modifying or jailbreaking your gadget can also compromise your security.

Use a VPN

Since Amazon Firestick is a travel-friendly device, chances are you will take it with you anywhere you go. Traveling also includes connecting to unfamiliar Wi-Fi networks, which are potentially dangerous. Remember to install a VPN for Firestick before you pack your bags and head into an adventure.

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A Virtual Private Network for Firestick uses encryption to secure the information you send or receive. It means that even if someone is trying to get their hands on your personal information, they won’t be able to read it. Additionally, a VPN for Firestick hides your actual IP address, so you don’t have to think about regional restrictions and geo-blocked content.

Software Updates

We can’t stress the importance of regular updates on any device, including Amazon Firestick enough. An older version of software invites hackers to try to find a security error and exploit it. While most devices have automatic downloads, always double-check your Firestick.

Users can find all the information about updates in the settings. If you are not running the latest software version, update it as soon as possible. Developers work hard to keep various devices safe from cybercriminals, including the Firestick. If they are concerned about cyberattacks or possible malware problems, you can expect a patch.

Use an Antivirus

It is a given, but don’t forget to install antivirus software. These apps are not for PCs only. Amazon App Store has a wide selection of approved antivirus software that should keep your Firestick in great shape. Just make sure it is compatible with your device, and you are good to go. Remember to scan your Amazon Firestick occasionally to ensure everything is fine.