Take a few minutes to check your personal information, use a more secure password and an extra layer of security for your account.
Check your personal information
First check if the information linked to your Amazon account is up-to-date. Go to this page and log in to your account. Then click on Log in and security and check whether your e-mail address and telephone number are correct.
If someone attempts to access your account and change your security settings, Amazon will send you an email confirming that you are the person making the change (s). Similarly, having a phone number associated with your account acts as a backup method for receiving one-time access codes (more on this below).
Use a secure password
After updating your information, it is time to choose a strong password. If you already use a password manager who creates, remembers and even enters your passwords – great job. That is exactly what everyone should do, especially with the number of breaches, leaks and security issues that regularly occur.
One thing you should not do is re-use a password for multiple accounts. That will make all your online accounts vulnerable, should one of those accounts make a kind of infringement.
We have a collection of reliable, reliable password managers that you can use. Some are free, others are paid, but anyway, it's time to improve your password game.
After choosing a password administrator, change your Amazon password in the Login and Security section by clicking Edit next to the password field. Enter your current password, then copy and paste your new random password from your password manager and click Save changes .
Enable two-step verification by going to the Login and Security section of your Amazon account and clicking the Edit button next to the 2SV settings and then clicking Getting started .
You get two different options to receive your OTP codes: Phone number or Authenticator app. If you use your telephone number, you will receive an SMS with your code when you log in to your Amazon account. Alternatively, with an Authenticator app you can access your code in your password manager or a special authenticator app, such as.
I recommend using an app.especially with the emergence of which allows people to copy your phone number with little effort.
To use one, click on Authenticator app and then use your desired app to scan the QR code. The app will show you a six-digit code, enter it on the site and click on Verify OTP and continue . On the next page, click the button labeled Snap it. Enable two-step verification . That page guides you through the process for logging in to devices, such as a Kindle, which cannot display the OTP prompt. Instead, you must enter your password followed by the OTP code to log in.
After you have finished protecting your Amazon account, take the time to do the same for your Google, Apple or Facebook account.
Originally published last week. Updated regularly.