The Amazon Kindle Fire just hit shelves last week, and Amazon increased their order from 4 million to 5 million tablets in anticipation of the holidays. This hot-seller is already a success, especially as it’s a better and more updated model to the highly popular Kindle. But just like any new technologically advanced device, it’s important to be aware of all the power that is packed into that little tablet.
For starters, the Kindle Fire uses the same operating system as Google Android. And in regards to mobile device operating systems, Android is always under attack. Android hackers are intent on discovering new malware for the system, and who wouldn’t want to find vulnerabilities in the new Kindle Fire?
Fortunately, Amazon is adopting Apple’s highly successful walled garden approach toward app management. With this method, app developers have to submit their app before it is approve by Amazon and available for download. If handled properly, managing the apps this closely will lower the risk of malware, as it has with Apple.
That said, it’s difficult to say which approach Amazon will take when protecting the Kindle Fire from security threats. Since the Android system is more vulnerable to attacks, there’s no doubt that Amazon will need a game plan in place. Will they take a lesson from Apple’s book and steer clear of antivirus talk, or will they allow for security applications that can put more power, user privacy and safety from malware in the hands of the user?
There is one thing we do know for sure and that is the type of cloud that Amazon uses. Cloud computing is commonplace with all networks and stores everyone’s information so that it can be shared and accessed with everyone. With the Kindle Fire, Amazon uses their Elastic Compute Cloud, which stores lists of websites that are visited by the user. With more focus on this type of tracking history, Kindle Fire could be a target for privacy issues.
Nevertheless, the Amazon Kindle is everything you’d want it to be and offers a range of practical features and is the first tablet reader to go beyond standard ebooks, offering a range of magazines, music, videos and apps.