Amazon Fire Stick and security considerations

This article will address some common questions about security for Amazon Fire Stick.

Physical Security:

This is a part that is easily overlooked, but it's also where things can easily go wrong with your devices

1. Securing your TV & Fire Stick:

Many TV mounts include a security lock feature to prevent unauthorized removal of your TV. Please refer to your TV mount manual for more details.

For FireStick, if you want to enhance its security, consider using standard adhesive anchors or an anti-theft hardware cable like this one.

You can also purchase a protection box to cover the entire TV, especially if you plan to use it outdoors. For more information, please refer to this resource.

2. Protect access to your Fire Stick Remote:

Ensure to keep your remote in a secure place. If you have multiple Fire Sticks, consider labeling them for easy identification.

For added convenience, use the Fire OS Remote mobile app to control your Fire Stick from your iPhone or Android phone. More information here.

Cyber/Network Security:

This section covers the security aspects related to software and network connections for your Fire Sticks.

1. Enable Parental Lock/Control for Fire Stick

This helps prevent unauthorized use of your Fire Stick remote with your Fire Stick. Set a lock to restrict access to only launch the OptiSigns app, securing your device.

  • On the Fire TV homepage, go to Settings.
  • Within Settings, go to the menu item Preferences.
  • Select Parental Controls.
  • To enable parental controls, enter your PIN.

2. Use a different Amazon account for your digital signs

To enhance security, consider creating a new free Amazon account exclusively for registering and logging in to your Fire Stick. No credit card is required for this account. Using a separate account for your Digital Signage Player Fire Sticks helps mitigate issues in case of unauthorized access.

One Amazon account can be used for multiple Fire Sticks, requiring setup only once.

3. Use a different/guest WiFi network for your Fire Stick

If you're concerned about your main WiFi network's restrictions or if your organization has a stringent firewall setup, making Fire Stick usage on the organization network challenging, consider setting up a guest WiFi network.

Many modern WiFi routers support guest networks with fewer restrictions. Speed is not a major concern for Digital Signage applications, and OptiSigns only requires simple internet access to function

4. Using Ethernet Cable for your network

An even more secure option is to connect your FireStick to an Ethernet cable for network access. This automatically disables WiFi on the FireStick. You'll need an Ethernet Adapter, which is available for $14.99

5. Make sure your Fire Stick OS software is up to date:

Amazon regularly releases security fixes and patches for Fire OS, which are automatically pushed to your devices. However, you can manually check for updates by:

  • Select Settings > My Fire TV > Device from the Fire OS setting menu.
  •  In the Software Version section, you can view the currently installed software version on your Fire TV
  • Select Check for System Update to see if a software update is available for your device.

6. Don't download other apps to the Fire Stick

If the Fire Stick is used for Digital Signage, there's no need to download additional apps to the device. This helps save space and improves performance.

If you do need to download other apps, it's recommended to stick with official apps available on the Amazon App Store only.

 

Those are the common security considerations for securely deploying your Fire Stick as a digital signage player. Following these steps can help enhance the overall security of your setup.

Need more advanced, enterprise-level security?

You may want to explore:

  • Raspberry Pi: Fully supports Linux, allowing you to run the distribution that fits your organization's security requirements.
  • ChromeOS devices: Known for robust enterprise support, ChromeOS offers hardened hardware and Google Cloud Enterprise Device Management, enabling remote device management, patch application, and more.
If you have any specific questions about a particular setting, questions, concerns, or any feedback about OptiSigns, feel free to reach out to our support team at support@optisigns.com