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Tablets and computer viruses.

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posted on May, 18 2017 @ 12:30 AM
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Hello.

My sister recently purchased an Amazon Fire tablet for my nephew as a birthday gift. She asked me if it would be as vulnerable to computer viruses as a regular PC.

I have never really used a tablet so I couldn't give her a good answer, I told her to "Google it".

Then I thought if anyone would know the people on ATS would have an answer. Does anyone have knowledge they would like to share?

Thanks.





posted on May, 18 2017 @ 01:27 AM
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originally posted by: jafo1973
She asked me if it would be as vulnerable to computer viruses as a regular PC.


No.



posted on May, 18 2017 @ 01:38 AM
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Not viruses made for computers. Though, they certainly can pick up viruses formatted differently for the tablets, same as with smart phone viruses.



posted on May, 18 2017 @ 01:59 AM
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That is an easy one to answer, but not to a simple solution, as every electronic device seems to have problems.

But here goes: Listing of Security Problems with Amazon Fire OS (updated most frequently)
edit on 18 5 2017 by ManFromEurope because: (no reason given)



posted on May, 18 2017 @ 07:09 AM
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Tablets have their specially designed viruses and bugs. Since you bought a new one it not been exposed too easily unless you have been to malicious sites.



posted on May, 23 2017 @ 08:19 PM
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Definitely there, and growing for the cellphone market, but still well below what you would see for a Microsoft based computer.

For the Amazon Fire tablets, there is an encryption option to help protect your data. Could be out of date info, but I think it's still correct: go to settings > security and privacy > encryption > encrypt tablet.

Will take a while, will slow down tablet slightly, but if there is important or sensitive info on the tablet, probably worth it!




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