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Old 07-14-2011, 10:42 AM   #1
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Question about a stolen Kindle 3 (wi-fi only)

My Kindle 3 (Wi-Fi only) was stolen recently. The thief ordered some books using my unit (I did not set a password on the unit). Later I called Amazon to have it blacklisted and disabled.

Since I have some personal document on the unit, I am worrying that if the thief does not turn on wi-fi again, he may still be able to read my document, and find some way to steal my identity.

I called Amazon for confirmation that the unit did indeed has been disabled, but the representative was rather vague about it. She just mentioned that a blacklisted unit cannot be used at all, regardless the status of the wi-fi. But I am not totally convinced.

Can someone verify that, if the thief does not turn on wi-fi ever again, he can still access my content already downloaded on the unit?

Thank you very much.

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Old 07-14-2011, 11:13 AM   #2
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Yes, they will be able to access all documents on the Kindle.
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Amazon can't access the Kindle if the wireless is off, so they can't possibly delete what's on it.

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Old 07-14-2011, 01:19 PM   #4
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Thank you for the answers. I should have set the password on the unit. I will do that with my replacement unit.

Mine was snatched while I was reading on the subway during evening rush hour. Maybe I should refrain from reading my Kindles in public space. Read a paper book will be much safer.

It seems the Kindle is a thief magnet now. I hope the blacklist policy will be a deterrence.

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People were doing the same thing with ipods a few years back when they were new, just grabbing them right off of the listener walking down the street.

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Old 07-14-2011, 08:42 PM   #6
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Old 07-14-2011, 10:17 PM   #7
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Sorry to hear about your kindle. I'm glad you weren't hurt.
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Sorry to hear about your kindle. I'm glad you weren't hurt.
Well i guess there is some small humour in it. AT the least the police will be looking for a well read thief.

Glad things are ok. good luck
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Old 07-16-2011, 08:06 PM   #9
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That's terrible! I would be lost without mine.
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Old 07-16-2011, 08:35 PM   #10
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I am sorry you got ripped off. Fish hooks and razor blades epoxied to the perimeter of the device will likely prevent a snatch and run theft in the future...
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Old 07-22-2011, 01:50 AM   #11
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Someone stole my day planner 2 years ago. my entire life was in that thing! so, trust me, i know how you feel....
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