Things to Do Before Your Kindle Gets Lost or Stolen

Kindle is one of the best eReaders. Manufactured by tech giant Amazon, it is known for its featherweight and portability. Because it’s incredibly light and compact, it is easy to lose. You cannot even call it to locate it. Also, like with any other handheld gadget, it can get stolen.  While losing gadgets is unpleasant, the main worry is recognizing that anyone who finds the device can readily access all the data contained in it. Since Kindles are linked to Amazon accounts, any malicious individual who finds or steals your Kindle device can use it to purchase more books, etc.

Hence, you should take steps to lessen the impact a lost Kindle could cause. Here are some steps you must take before your Kindle gets lost or stolen.

Set a password

You should secure your Kindle device by adding a password. The steps for adding a password depend on which Kindle you have. In most Kindle models, you need to tap on Settings. Select Device Options. And then tap on Device Passcode. You can set either a lock screen password or a PIN code. Here is how you can create a passcode on Kindle Fire:

  1. Open the Settings menu.
  2. Select Security and Privacy.
  3. Locate Lock Screen Password. Turn it on.
  4. Now, set a PIN code or a password.

Make sure that you set a unique and complex passcode. Your password should have a combination of letters, numbers, and symbols.

Add your contact details

You need to insert your contact details in your Kindle device. While some models of Kindle such as Fire have relevant and detailed user info, other models have very little information on the device. Also, unlike Find my Phone app for iOS, no such app for Kindle exists. Now, you might not want to give away your residential address, but adding an email account or a contact number shall be good enough.

You can add sticky notes on your Kindle device. Or simply, print a label with your name and contact number, and tape it to the back of the device. If you do not want to reduce your Kindle’s aesthetic appeal, then write the information on a piece of paper and tuck it in your Kindle device’s cover. By doing so, if you have misplaced your Kindle and some Johnny on the spot finds it, they will be able to trace it back to you.

You should also make an ebook containing your details. Just make a word document. Write your name, email, contact number, and you may also add a monetary reward to be given to whoever finds and returns the Kindle device. Convert it to PDF and use a USB cable to transfer it to the Kindle.

Save Amazon’s contact details

Feed the Amazon contact details into your smartphone device. Look up the Amazon’s number and email, and add it to your contact list. This way, when you lose your Kindle or if it gets stolen, you will be able to contact Amazon instantly. You will not have to go to Google and frantically search for the number.

Mark your Kindle with UV ink

Get a permanent UV pen and write your contact details at the back of the Kindle. The ink is invisible until it is scanned with an Ultraviolet light. This way, if and when your Kindle gets lost or stolen, and authorities find it, they will be able to figure out that it belongs to you when they scan it with an Ultraviolet light to search for any signs.

Note down the serial number

You need to note down your device’s serial number. You will need it when it gets stolen or lost. Go to your Amazon account and copy down your device’s serial number. Save it in your phone and possibly on a cloud server.

James Thomas is a Microsoft Office expert and has been working in the technical industry since 2002. As a technical expert, James has written technical blogs, manuals, white papers, and reviews for many websites such as office.com/setup.

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