Amazon reverses decision to remove encryption from Fire tablets

Wednesday 9 March 2016 11:27 CET | News

Amazon has reversed its decision to remove a security feature in its Fire OS software that protects sensitive information.

Multiple requests for clarification about when this update might be released, and with what devices it will be compatible, have yet to receive a response from the company.

Amazon previously said that it removed full disk encryption from devices running the newest version of Fire OS because few people used the feature. This change left the financial data, personal messages and other private information of Amazon customers vulnerable to attackers with physical access to affected devices.

Amazon’s decision predated the debate between Apple and the FBI over whether the company has to weaken the security of an iPhone used by a San Bernardino shooter, but it still provided a stark contrast between Amazon’s support of Apple and its actions.

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Keywords: online fraud, online security, cyber security, fraud prevention, Amazon, encryption, Fire tablets
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