As part of my ongoing series on two-step verification (2SV), I recently showed you how you can branch out a bit.
Specifically, after walking you through the steps on how you can protect your Google, Apple, Yahoo!, Facebook, Twitter and Dropbox accounts with this additional layer of security, I shifted to securing those web accounts that contain your financial information. I began with PayPal. Let's now tackle a popular e-commerce website: Amazon.
In this guide, I will show you how you can protect your Amazon.com account with two-step verification.
1. Sign into your Amazon.com account using a web browser.
2. On the Amazon homepage, you will see near the top right of your screen the text, "Hello, [Your Name]." Displayed beneath that friendly greeting is the hyperlinked text "Your Account" in bold. Click on that hyperlink.
3. You will be directed to Your Account page, where you have the option of checking on the status of your orders, managing your payment options, changing your password, accessing your digital content, and lots more! For now, we're interested in one thing: changing your account settings so that you can enable 2SV.
With that in mind, scroll down to the "Settings" section. (It should be the third section listed on the page.) Under the bolded "Account Settings" subsection, click on the hyperlinked text "Change Account Settings."
4. Before you can access your account settings, Amazon might prompt you to reenter your login information. Do so and click the "Sign in" button.
5. On your "Change Account Settings" page, you will see your name and email. You can use this page to add a mobile number, change your password, or manage your account's advanced security settings. That last option is the one we want, so click on the "Edit" button in the "Advanced Security Settings" table cell.
6. Amazon's advanced security settings consist wholly of two-step verification. As a result, you will be directed to a page that explains how 2SV works and how it can protect your account.
On that page, you will see a "Get Started" button. Click on that button.
7. You will now need to complete three steps to enable 2SV on your Amazon account. Step 1, you will need to choose by which method you would like to receive verification codes. You can select either text message (SMS) or an authenticator app like Google Authenticator. We will go with the former.
Enter your mobile phone number into the designated text field and click on the "Send code" button. Doing so will send a verification code to your mobile phone. Once you have received that text message, enter the code into the other designated text field and click "Verify code and continue."
8. For Step 2, you will need to add a backup phone by which you can receive verification codes via text message (SMS), phone call, or an authenticator app. The verification process is exactly the same as the one in Step 7. Replicate that process with a trusted backup phone number.
9. As the final step, Amazon will notify you of two important elements you should consider before enabling 2SV on your account.
The first is the fact that some devices do not display a second screen allowing you to enter in a verification code. This could potentially lock you out of your account. To address that issue, Amazon will walk you through a work-around.
The second is the option that you can "trust" the computer or device you are using to register 2SV. That will disable receiving codes whenever you attempt to log into your account on that device alone. (Should anyone attempt to log in from a non-trusted device, you will still receive a code.)
For the purposes of this walkthrough, we will skip that option and click the "Got it. Turn on Two-Step Verification" button located near the bottom of the page.
10. And you're done! You will be redirected back to your "Advanced Security Settings" page, where you will be notified you have successfully enabled 2SV on your account. You can now use this page to manage your 2SV settings, including your primary and backup mobile phone numbers.
Now whenever you attempt to log in, you will be brought to this page after entering in your username and password:
Simply enter in the SMS verification code, click on the "Sign In" button, and you will automatically be directed to the Amazon homepage.
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