How to Increase Your Privacy on Fire TV or FireStick

In this digital era, privacy is a big topic. Most recently, Amazon released an update regarding privacy on the Firestick and Fire TV.

So what exactly is being collected? When you use your device, what you watch and do, the time spent on it, your location, most active apps, and more – all this information is tracked. For example, companies can recognize your preferences and interests to makeup your profile.

Don’t want big brother to know? We understand. Follow the steps to change “Privacy Setting” and “Data Monitoring” preferences on your Firestick.

Attention: Read before you continue

Governments and ISPs across the world monitor their users online activities. If found streaming or browsing content on your Fire TV Stick, mobile or PC, you could get into serious trouble.

Currently, the following information is visible: 

  • Your IP:
  • Your Country:
  • Your City:
  • Your ISP:

If this is your real information, you need to use a VPN to protect your identity.

We strongly recommend you to get a good VPN and hide your identity so that your online experience doesn’t take a bad turn.
We use IPVanish which is the fastest and most secure VPN in the industry. It is very easy to install on any device including Amazon Fire TV Stick. Also, it comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee. If you don’t like their service, you can always ask for a refund. IPVanish also runs a limited time offer where you can save 74% on your VPN and they allow you to use one account on unlimited devices.

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Here are the reasons why you must use a VPN all the time.

How to Increase Your Privacy on Firestick

Here are the steps you need to follow:

1. On your Fire TV Stick or Fire TV, go into Settings

Preferences screen

2. Open Preferences and select Privacy Settings

Privacy settings screen

3. Under “Device Usage Data” and “Collect App Usage Data,” make sure they are both off

Device Usage Data screen

5. Return to the previous screen, (opening preferences again) to turn “Data Monitoring” off.

Data Monitoring screen
Data Monitoring screen

In the case you don’t see these options, make sure your Fire TV Stick or Fire TV has the latest update. This is possible in Settings > Device or My Fire TV > About > Check for system Update.

For the ultimate security, we recommended a VPN to prevent your Internet Service provider entirely from monitoring your online activity. 

Let us know in the comments what VPN you use. We highly recommend IPVanish.

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Otis
Otis
2 years ago

Thanks a lot guy`s well appreciated for that heads up!

Shaun
Shaun
2 years ago
Reply to  Otis

Hi cant get my ip vanish ap to show on my appts only showe is in maine ap list ?

Thomas
2 years ago
Reply to  Shaun

Unfortunately Amazon has blocked the IP Vanish apk from showing up in the home screen of fire sticks to discourage use of it. Yes you can now only access the app with applications area of your stick. I would suggest to leave your vpn on when you put your stick to sleep, then upon opening it go to your settings and open the notifications and open it to check if your vpn is still active which it should be, it not than go to notifications area and enable your vpn.

Bebop
Bebop
1 year ago
Reply to  Thomas

Thank You so much, I really wasn’t aware that they were collecting my information like that, never really thought about it,, I’m aware now, Thanks again..

Deborah G
Deborah G
1 year ago
Reply to  Bebop

Thank you for updating us on this issue. Thank you also for your detailed instructions on how to shut them down! Great customer service!

Gary W Rinehart
Gary W Rinehart
1 year ago
Reply to  Thomas

Amazon does not control your fire stick you can launch and use ip vanish manually in the app menu

Anita
Anita
1 year ago

What app menu?

Sharon
Sharon
1 year ago
Reply to  Thomas

Thanks a bunch guys

James
James
1 year ago
Reply to  Sharon

What a great site this is!! You guys are amazing!! Thanks for all the help, and information.

Glen
Glen
1 year ago
Reply to  Thomas

What type of fire stick will work I use fileli ked on my fone but I can’t swipe what’s on my fo e to my TV. My TV isn’t new enough. It works with you tube but that’s cause you tube is on my sky box. Will any fire stick work?

Zoe
Zoe
1 year ago
Reply to  Thomas

mine isn’t block – there are some apps that aren’t accessible from home screen but IPV isn’t one of them.

russ
russ
1 year ago
Reply to  Thomas

I have ip vanish is that my problem and if so whats a good cheap monthly vpn that will work

russ
russ
1 year ago
Reply to  Thomas

my ip vanis is on ho,e screen bits working but get get hbo net flix all the good stuff I have all settings set

Patrick
Patrick
1 year ago
Reply to  Thomas

I have an app called VPN Safetydot, that puts a small dot in the upper right corner of the screen. The dot is green if vpn is on, red if it is off.

Katherine Banks
Katherine Banks
10 months ago
Reply to  Patrick

Because if you watch prime or certain channels you have to turn it off .this helps remind you to turn it back on.

Terry
Terry
6 months ago
Reply to  Thomas

When installing IP vanish I get to the point where I have to enter a username and password. I can’t seem to find the user name and password. It is supposed to be email to me correct?It gave me a code and should to go to the ip vanish link And Enter the code. Where will I find the code? I’ve spent several hours trying to find that could somebody help me please.

Sa
Admin
Sa
6 months ago
Reply to  Terry

Have you contacted the IPVanish support team?

Keith
Keith
1 year ago
Reply to  Shaun

I helped my install ipvanish. I haven’t yet. We both use the smallest streaming useally the 360s but hers is much slower than mine. Just wondering why . I know her network has to go farther ips but should it be that slow.

Qill007
Qill007
1 year ago
Reply to  Keith

Best streaming app well one of them is live lounge check that one out but use your VPN don’t really matter which one I try to pick the one with the most stars lol

Cisco
Cisco
2 years ago
Reply to  Otis

Well done!

Maruby
Maruby
1 year ago
Reply to  Otis

Thanks much. Happy to have found fillinked. Blessings

Victor Alvarado
Victor Alvarado
1 year ago
Reply to  Otis

Thank you for sharing this information with us, it’s of big help I really appreciate it.

Sheila
Sheila
1 year ago
Reply to  Otis

Thank you so much!!!!

Dorothy mobley
Dorothy mobley
1 year ago
Reply to  Otis

Trying to download the IP vanish the VPN I got it all downloaded except for when I asked to sign in it will not let me sign it says I can’t find me what’s my problem

Atif Levine
2 years ago

This blog is step by step explaining very well that How we can increase our privacy on Fire TV. I have followed these steps 1 by 1 and its working.

Mary Harris
Mary Harris
2 years ago

I need to learn how to use my fire stick?

Chris
2 years ago

Thank you for the heads up.i use Kodi with IPVanish,had no idea Amazon was still keeping track through data montiering.i thought i had this setting off.?

John Adelberger
John Adelberger
2 years ago

Excellent blog, I have already put them to use. Thanks and keep up the good work.

mehavenomemory
mehavenomemory
2 years ago

Thanks a million, everybody wants our privacy, You have to be so careful. I thank you again!

jean palumbo
jean palumbo
2 years ago

Thanks for clear and simple instructions.

Joseph Calvert
Joseph Calvert
1 year ago
Reply to  jean palumbo

Appreciate the heads up, thanks for being on top of everything!?

Chilling
Chilling
1 year ago
Reply to  Joseph Calvert

Thanks for the heads up

Warren
Warren
2 years ago

Every time it’s turned on you have to do this because it’s all turned on again after sleep mode. A pain in the ass….

RDF
RDF
2 years ago

Thanks for the info. Used a lot of your advice from your last email.

WWP
WWP
2 years ago

Thank you very much for the information

melissa harvey
melissa harvey
2 years ago

Thank you !!!!

Calvin
Calvin
2 years ago

Thanks so very much for your help you have it free need help with VPN on a fixed income thanks again for your help.

Monica
Monica
2 years ago

i am having trouble with my firestick it was playing on my tv great andthe only big thing that i was having a problem with was buffering. so i called my isp provider and they sent a tech out and i believe to this day he did something to it. my firestick wont come up on my tv anymore, now mt computer gets internet from my wifi. now i have to go to youtube for everything. is there ant possible you can recommend me some steps to bypass what my ISP

Dawud14
Dawud14
2 years ago

Thanks a lot guys

Sammy
2 years ago

I am not sure where you are getting your info, but great topic.
I needs to spend some time learning much more or understanding more.
Thanks for fantastic info I was looking for this information for
my mission.

John
2 years ago

Good shout.
I was pretty sure I had already done this, but when checking after receiving the email I found the settings to be the original default settings.
I will have to keep an eye on these settings.

Gbfermin27
Gbfermin27
2 years ago

You guys have always beeen a reliable source o enjoyable streaming experiences. I can not do this all by myself so i am forever grateful. I did not know at first that theres an awesome & wonderful community after cutting cable/netflix/prime 6 mos ago.

Belinda Green
Belinda Green
2 years ago

Really appreciate the heads up guys, it really pays to lkeep up with what’s the latest information concerning my information concerning my privacy in my Firestick!

Thank you,

Richard Hazzard
Richard Hazzard
2 years ago

Great job letting people know whats going on around them.

Thank you very much

Diane Quinones
Diane Quinones
2 years ago

Thank you I had to check to make sure I still had them on off. Great job.

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