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Amazon now provides two-factor authentication

By Salehuddin Bin Husin - on 19 Nov 2015, 4:14pm

Amazon now provides two-factor authentication

 With Black Friday coming up, there's no better time to secure your account to make sure there are any unauthorized purchases.

If you're a regular customer at Amazon, you'll be glad to know that the online retailer has recently beefed up its account security by introducing two factor authentication as an option for all accounts.

Two-factor authentication (TFA) is an additional layer of verification that works on top of your regular password. Unlike your regular static password, the TFA codes are generated by an authenticator app or via Amazon themselves, which gives an additional layer of protection.

We highly recommend you set up TFA for you account, especially since it's the holiday season, where it's easy to overlook unauthorized spending on your account.

Don't worry, we're here to show you how to do that step by step.

Step 1

Your account page is the first step to enable TFA.

First off, you should access your account page and then scroll down to the Settings section. Under Settings, click the Change Account Settings option.


Step 2

This is what you should see when you click on Change Account Settings link from the previous page.

Once you're on the Change Account Settings page, you need to make sure all your details are filled in. A mobile number might be an optional addition, but we suggest you add in your number as well so as to be able to use your phone authentication later. Once you've set up your phone number and email, click on the Edit button for the Advanced Security Settings.


Step 3

This is where it all begins.

 It'll lead you here, to the TFA page. Just click the Get Started button and continue.


Step 4

Here's where the number we asked you to register will come in handy.

Now you'll get to this page where you'll be asked to choose how to activate your TFA for your account. Using a text message means that Amazon will send you an SMS to your registered number. The upside for this is that it'll work for any phone (even the old school ones) as long as your number is the same and you have can receive SMS on your phone. The downside is that if you don't have a network connection for your phone, this will be useless.

Alternatively, you can use an app.

If you don't want to use SMS, you can also use an alternate method, getting your TFA code from an authenticator app. If you're already using an authentication program like Google Authenticator, you can easily scan the barcode in and add the Amazon TFA to list of codes that Google Authenticator can generate for you. It's up to you which method you prefer, but we picked SMS as our primary method and the app as our back-up.


Final Step

One last step!

Once you've selected and confirmed your selection for your TFA method, you'll be taken to the confirmation page. Simply scroll down to the bottom and hit the Got it button to enable TFA on your account.

Congratulations, you have now enabled TFA on your Amazon account!

- Source: Amazon