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Old 10-31-13, 09:55 PM
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Is it safe to use my Kindle on my library's wifi

I just got a Kindle Paperwhite and from what I read on the internet it needs to connect to wifi at least once so I can register it and have access to all of its features. The problem is I don't have wifi, and the suggestion I've read over and over again is to just go somewhere that has wifi for free and register it that way. I know my local library has free wifi, but I've heard about all these dangers of using public wifi connections, and I don't want anyone else getting access to my Amazon account. So would it be safe to use my library's wifi, or do I risk someone getting access to my Kindle and Amazon account?
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I think the risk of that would be pretty low.
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Old 11-01-13, 01:50 AM
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Re: Is it safe to use my Kindle on my library's wifi

Originally Posted by DoctorWhosScarf View Post
I just got a Kindle Paperwhite and from what I read on the internet it needs to connect to wifi at least once so I can register it and have access to all of its features. The problem is I don't have wifi, and the suggestion I've read over and over again is to just go somewhere that has wifi for free and register it that way. I know my local library has free wifi, but I've heard about all these dangers of using public wifi connections, and I don't want anyone else getting access to my Amazon account. So would it be safe to use my library's wifi, or do I risk someone getting access to my Kindle and Amazon account?
If you bought the Kindle using your own Amazon.com account it's already registered to you. If not, and for transferring content to the device anyway, you can just plug it into your computer using the micro-USB cable.

The owner's manual comes pre-installed on the Kindle. I suggest you read through it a bit.
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You are probably more likely to have your Kindle stolen out of your hands than you are to have someone snag your Amazon credentials from the wi-fi.
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Old 11-01-13, 02:06 PM
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If you bought the Kindle using your own Amazon.com account it's already registered to you. If not, and for transferring content to the device anyway, you can just plug it into your computer using the micro-USB cable.

The owner's manual comes pre-installed on the Kindle. I suggest you read through it a bit.
From what I can tell by reading the manual, the Kindle Paperwhite cannot be registered via USB. It can only be registered via Wifi or 3G (if it's a 3G capable model). Maybe you should read through it a bit:
http://kindle.s3.amazonaws.com/Kindl...sers_Guide.pdf


OP: The Kindle is going to use a secure connection to Amazon's servers, even over open wifi. So nobody's going to be able to steal your password.

However, why don't you have wifi at home? It's crazy cheap and easy to add a wifi router to a home internet connection, and the Kindle Paperwhite is going to need a wifi connection everytime you want to add a new book to it. Either that or you should've gotten one with the 3G connectivity, which you could use for both registering and adding books.
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Re: Is it safe to use my Kindle on my library's wifi

Yeah, my question too - there's no reason not to have wi-fi at home, it costs so very little for a wireless router and you can set it up in about 15 minutes. You need it, as Jay G. said, every time you want to purchase a book for your Kindle, it will reduce your smartphone costs if you use wi-fi - at least while at home, it is a redundancy back-up for a wired internet connection for your PC.

So, there are 3 reasons to go out and buy a wi-fi router today!
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Old 11-07-13, 08:38 PM
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I'm a few days late replying, but thank you for your advice. I think I will get a wifi router sometime after the holidays, but I'm glad that it will be safe to use the wifi at the library until then.

There is another problem though. I noticed that my Kindle Paperwhite has what I'd call a dead pixel, and others are calling a pinhole or something like that. It's not gigantic, but I can notice it and I'm not too happy that a brand new Kindle has this problem. But from what I've read the first Paperwhite had issues with this and there have been reports of more than just my Paperwhite having this problem. Some people have had to replace their Paperwhite more than once to get one that doesn't have the dead pixel/pinhole. In your opinion should I just put up with this, get a replacement and hope it doesn't have the same problem, or just return the Paperwhite and get a different model? Other than this issue I'm very happy with my Paperwhite.
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In your opinion should I just put up with this, get a replacement and hope it doesn't have the same problem, or just return the Paperwhite and get a different model? Other than this issue I'm very happy with my Paperwhite.
I'd get a replacement, at least once. New products often run into issues upon first release that are fixed in subsequent runs of the product.
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Call customer service and they'll most likely replace it. No reason to get something else if you like this.
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Old 11-13-13, 10:32 PM
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I got a replacement from them. Unfortunately this one also seems to have the pinhole problem, but it isn't as big as the pinhole on the original Paperwhite I received. What's strange is depending on what angle I hold it I can't even see it, and I don't have to be standing on my head for me to not see it that way, so I guess I'm going to keep this one. I'm not 100% happy with it, but for all I know if I send it back again I'd have to deal with the same problem.
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