How secure is your e-reader?
September 15, 2017
E-book readers are one of life's great inventions. Unless you prefer paper, there really is no need to carry bulky books or pack paperbacks in your carry-on. You can easily read anywhere, anytime, even in the dark!
But how cyber secure are e-readers?
E-readers are fairly secure, but they can still cause some cyber grief if you aren't careful about what you put on them and how.
Your paperless device is essentially a computer that can use a wireless connection and a web browser to download data. And when you are connecting devices to a home network, it's good to know how to keep things free of malware and viruses because sometimes sharing isn't caring when it comes to connecting devices and downloading corrupted files.
Here are some tips to keep your home network and your devices protected:
- Protect your e-reader with a password. Your credit card may be linked to accounts on your device. Keep it locked with a password to prevent unauthorized purchases in case it gets in the wrong hands.
- Only download e-books and apps from official and trusted sources. Malware can be disguised in apps so it's best to stick with downloads from reputable sources.
- Back up your files. Some e-readers let you back up files to a cloud. Read our tips about safe backup habits.
- Keep your home network secure.
- Clear any personal information before disposing of old electronics to prevent data theft.
- When purchasing books or browsing from your e-reader, practice best security practices
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