Best Firestick Settings for Protection and Security

Most people use the default settings on their Fire TV stick. They don’t pay attention to the privacy settings, and this makes them vulnerable to privacy hacks. Most streaming service providers monitor your privacy and usage while you use their services.

A lot of tracking processes are running behind the scenes on Amazon Fire TV devices. 

It’s easy to change the privacy setting on any Firestick device, and users can change them in a few seconds to enhance their privacy and security.

A few settings can make your Fire TV experience safer and more private while streaming content. 

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Does Watching TV Require Privacy?

You might think that watching TV at your home requires privacy and that too on the Amazon Fire TV stick. What does watching movies and TV shows have to do with privacy? The answer is that Amazon Fire TV or streaming content movies has nothing to do with privacy. 

However, there are plenty of third-party marketers and advertisers who want to know what you watch on your devices and pitch you related products and services.

They not only fetch your streaming history but also your personal details to contact you over the phone, email, and other mediums. 

Moreover, your Fire TV stick is connected to the internet through your WiFi network and there are plenty of hackers who want to steal your personal data from your devices. There are multiple reasons to secure your privacy and Fire TV stick devices from such vulnerabilities. 

So, let us explore those Firestick settings to make your streaming experience more safe and secure and protect your device and TV from malware.

Take Control of Data Collection

When it comes to privacy, the data collected by streaming devices can be a cause for concern. By default, Firestick gathers information about your usage patterns and preferences. However, you can take charge of your data by following these simple steps:

  • Visit the “Settings” option on your Fire TV home screen.
  • Select “Preferences” and open “Privacy Settings.”
  • Within this menu, there are options to disable “Device Usage Data” and “Collect App Usage Data,” which offer you control over the information collected by Amazon.
  • By turning off these data collection features, you can ensure that your streaming habits and preferences remain strictly private.
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Managing App Permissions

Firestick allows you to install a wide range of apps, but some apps request access to sensitive data on your device. To maintain control over your privacy, consider the following steps:

  • Start by heading to “Settings” and selecting “Applications.”
  • From there, choose “Manage Installed Applications.”
  • Locate the app you wish to manage and click on “Permissions.”
  • Review the permissions requested by the app and disable all unnecessary permissions that could potentially compromise your privacy.
  • Regularly reviewing and managing app permissions can foster a secure streaming environment.

Strengthening Security with a PIN

To prevent unauthorized access to your Firestick and safeguard your personal information, it’s wise to set up a PIN code. Follow these steps to activate this additional layer of security:

  • Begin by navigating to “Settings” and selecting “Preferences.”
  • From there, choose “Parental Controls” and click “Change Amazon Video PIN.”
  • Create a four-digit PIN and confirm it.
  • This PIN will be required whenever someone attempts to access restricted content or make purchases on your Firestick, ensuring peace of mind and protecting your device from unauthorized use.

Harnessing the Power of VPNs

Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) are powerful tools to fortify your online activities and protect data privacy. By encrypting your internet connection, a VPN ensures that your streaming activities remain confidential. Here’s how you can set up a VPN on your Firestick:

  • Install a VPN app from the “Amazon Appstore” or sideload a VPN APK.
  • Launch the VPN app and sign in using your credentials.
  • Connect to a server of your choice.
  • Once connected, your Firestick’s IP address will be masked, safeguarding your privacy while streaming.
  • A VPN not only shields your streaming data but also enables you to access geo-restricted content from different regions, expanding your streaming options.

VPNs also protect your privacy while using specific apps on your Fire TV stick. For example, Kodi is a versatile app for Firestick that enables you to stream a wide range of content on your TV.

However as it is a third-party app, it can put your information security at risk. 

Using a VPN can help you protect your privacy while using Kodi or any other third-party app. A VPN also makes your location private to the service providers and they will not be able to know your location. 

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Keeping Your Firestick Software Up-to-Date

Regularly updating your Firestick’s software is also essential. These updates come with security patches and bug fixes that address potential vulnerabilities. To ensure your device’s security is up to par, follow these steps:

  • Navigate to “Settings” and select “My Fire TV.”
  • Choose “About” and click on “Check for Updates.”
  • If an update is available, follow the prompts to install it.
  • By keeping your Firestick software updated, you’re proactively strengthening its security while enjoying the latest enhancements.


As streaming devices like Firestick continue to revolutionize our entertainment experiences, it becomes important to safeguard our privacy and our sensitive details. Protecting your personal and other sensitive information also saves you from unwanted marketing calls and emails.

Using the tips in this post you can secure your personal information, streaming history, and applications from hackers and third parties. 

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