Anti virus/malware for fire tablet?

leapyear Forumite Posts: 89
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Do I need anti virus and malware protection for amazon fire tablet? Previously I've been told no, but has advice changed?
I had done a google search and clicked on a link and was greeted with Amazon asking if I'd do their survey. I found this odd but it really did look like if had come from Amazon (whilst using an Amazon fire tablet). I didn't click on anything, but I pressed the back button and then clicked on the link again. This time I was greeted with 'You've won a prize! The last person to win was Barry from name of place where I live. I had just deleted cookies before doing a google search. I'm not too great with tech, so is there another way that dodgy 'won a prize' would know where I live? IP address?


  • facade
    facade Forumite Posts: 6,666
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    edited 11 September at 8:50AM
    Yes, they use your IP address to "localise" the clickbait. (There are an awful lot of extremely attractive young women living near me for such a small town, all desperate to meet up)

    As to anti-virus, the Jury is permanently out on that one, amazon say "get it if it makes you happy, but you don't actually need it"

    Amazon are a bit slow on security patches though, mine last updated back in June, and there are no new updates available today.
    I want to go back to The Olden Days, when every single thing that I can think of was better.....

    (except air quality and Medical Science ;))
  • cerebus
    cerebus Forumite Posts: 175
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    No new security issues for Amazon might not have cropped up since June......

  • Neil_Jones
    Neil_Jones Forumite Posts: 8,562
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    edited 11 September at 4:31PM
    The Fire tablet (as is the rest of the Fire TV Series) is just a butchered version of Android without the Play stuff and guides you towards the Amazon store.

    Depending on which one you have the Android version is probably well out of date anyway...

    Amazon give you at least  four years of updates from when the device was last available to buy, so anything bought today is good until 2027 (well as any updates issued while the item was available to buy of course!).  After that time, they strive to provide software security updates for as long as they can (subject to technical and other limitations).
  • goled
    goled Forumite Posts: 11
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    I've recently looked for the same info. From what I read, there are four antivirus software that are considered to be the best for fire tv devices: Webroot, Bitdefender, VirusTotal, and Malwarebytes. I'm currently using Bitdefender. No issus yet.
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