If you use an Apple® iPad® or Amazon Kindle™, you may be wondering how safe the devices are. When wireless devices are connected to the Internet, the possibility of security problems can arise.
While there have been a few security issues related to the Kindle, there haven’t been any major problems because most people use the Kindle for reading and don’t have a lot of sensitive material loaded onto it.
One Kindle complaint was a lack of password protection. That has been addressed with Kindle 2.5. If you do not have password protection and your Kindle is stolen, the thief could potentially purchase many books and charge them to you before you could cancel the account. If you have loaded and sensitive documents onto your Kindle, it is especially important to use a password.
This past summer there was a security breach found in AT&T™ security that affected iPad 3G users. The security gap could have allowed hackers to gather email information about iPad users. While the breach was discovered and fixed, it illustrates the need for better security for mobile devices.
As these devices add more and more functionality, users will demand that security keep up. In the mean time, use caution. Use strong passwords (at least 8 characters long with letters, number, and special characters like “!” or “*” ) and change them frequently.