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How to lock your Amazon account now



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Protect your Amazon account in just a few simple steps.


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Securing your Amazon account is an easy task that you should definitely take the time to do. Your account is a treasure trove of personal information from credit or debit cards to your address and that of friends and family – all information that any hacker would like to access.

Take a few minutes. Use a more secure password to verify your personal information and activate an additional layer of protection for your account.

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your Amazon account.


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Check your personal information.

First, make sure the information associated with your Amazon account is up to date. Visit this page and log in to your account. Then click on Login & Security and check whether your email address and telephone number are correct.

If someone tries to access your account and change your security settings, Amazon will email you to confirm that you are the one who is making the change (s). A phone number linked to your account also serves as a security method for receiving unique passcodes (more on this below).

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Use a strong password.

After updating your information, it's time to choose a secure password. If you already use a password manager that creates, stores and even enters your passwords for you – a fantastic job. That's exactly what everyone should do, especially given the number of violations, leaks, and security issues that occur regularly.

One thing you shouldn't do is reuse a password across multiple accounts. This will make all of your online accounts vulnerable if one of these accounts is breached.

We have a summary of reliable, trustworthy password managers that you can use. Some are free, others are paid, but in any case, it's time to improve your password game.

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If you have chosen a password manager, change your Amazon password in the Login & Security area by clicking on Edit next to the password field. Enter your current password, copy your new, random password and paste it from your password manager. Click on . Save changes .

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Enabling two-step verification

Another advantage of using a password manager is that it also stores the one-time passwords (OTP) required to use two-step verification (2SV). You can add an extra layer of security to your Amazon account by enabling 2SV. You then need to enter your password, followed by a temporary code that is either sent to your phone via SMS or displayed in an app. Without your password and code, no one – not even you – can get into your account.

Activate two-step verification by going to the Login & Security section of your Amazon account and clicking on the Edit button next to the 2SV settings and then click Getting Started .

You have two different options for getting your OTP codes: phone number or authenticator app. If you use your phone number, you will receive a text message with your code every time you log into your Amazon account. Alternatively, you can access your code using an authenticator app via your password manager or a dedicated authenticator app such as Google Authenticator .

I recommend using an app. It is safer than receiving 2SV codes by text especially with the advent of SIM swap fraud with which the user can take over your phone number with little effort.

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Two-step verification is an additional layer of security for your Amazon account.


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To use one, click Authenticator app and scan the QR code with your preferred app. The app shows you a six-digit code, enter it on the website and click on . Check the OTP and continue with . On the next page, click the button. Activate the confirmation in two steps . This page will guide you through the process of signing in to devices such as Kindle that cannot display the OTP prompt. Instead, you need to enter your password followed by the OTP code to log in.

After securing your Amazon account, take the time to do the same for your Google, Apple, or Facebook account.


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