Amazon has finally added Two-Step Verification aka Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) for users of its site. We are huge proponents of 2FA here and have written numerous articles about using it to keep your online accounts more secure. Here’s a look at how to set up what the company is calling Two-Step Verification.
Enable Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) to Your Amazon Account
To add this extra layer of security, log in and go to Your Account.
On the next page in the Settings section select Change Account Settings.
You’ll be asked to verify your Amazon account username and password a second time. Then under Change Account Settings, select the Edit button next to Advanced Security Settings.
Next you’ll get a brief explanation of Two-Step Verification. Click Get Started.
Now enter your phone number (capable of receiving SMS) and click Send code. Then type in the code you received on your phone and click
Whether you have a code texted or use an authenticator app, after you’ve done that, Amazon will ask you for a second backup method. The nice thing here is you can use a second cell number or get the code via your landline.
That’s all there is to it. On the final step, you’ll get a page that explains how 2FA for Amazon works. Scroll to the bottom of the page and there you might want to check the box Don’t require codes on this device. Doing so does make using 2FA much easier and is the way it works for most sites that allow it. Also, note that you can change this setting on any device you set up by going into advanced settings.
When you log in from a different device, your smartphone, for example, you’ll receive a text with the additional security code. Type it in and you also have the option not to require a code each time you log in. However, you might not want to set that up with a mobile device for security reasons.
We’ve been waiting for Amazon to add 2FA for quite some time, and now that it’s here, you’ll want to enable it to give your Amazon account that extra layer of security. At the time of this writing, it appears it’s only available for in the US. Hopefully, the company is staggering it out, and it will be available in all countries soon.
It only takes a few minutes to set up, and you’ll have peace of mind knowing that your account is better protected.
We can’t say this enough, but add 2FA to all of your online accounts that support it. You might find it a little inconvenient at first, but remember — Convenience is the enemy of security.
For more on turning on Two-Factor Authentication on your online accounts, read our Two-Factor Authentication Guide to Secure Your Online Life.