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PROTECT YOUR AMAZON ACCOUNT: How to Enable 2-step Verification

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As previously discussed, a number of Amazon 3rd-Party sellers were victimized by hackers and have lost thousands. There will always be people looking to take advantage of your vulnerabilities and challenges to overcome while making strides toward creating your business. That, my friends, is a guarantee! Although Amazon is currently shoring up the site’s security, we need to actively do everything in our own power to protect our accounts as well.

There are three main things that we can do to protect our account:

  1. Use unique passwords and change them frequently (easily managed with LastPass)
  2. Set notification alerts for whenever something is changed in your account
  3. Enable two-step verification. Enabling two-step verification provides you an extra layer of security by requiring you to enter a unique security code aside from your password on computers and devices you haven’t designated as “trusted”.

To enable two-step verification, follow these steps:

  1. Get started by signing in to your account, then click your account in the upper right-hand corner. On the next page, scroll down to the “Settings” section and click on “Change Account Settings”. Then, click on “Edit” for “Advanced Security Settings” and click “Get Started” to set-up Two-Step Verification.
  2. Choose how you will receive the code. If you choose via text message, add your primary phone number (phone must be able to receive SMS). You will then receive the code on your phone. If you choose via authenticator app, download and configure an authenticator app and click “Send Code”. Some authenticator app options include Google Authenticator, or Authy, a third party service.
  3. Enter the code that was sent to your phone number or generated through the authenticator app and click Verify code and continue.
  4. After the code is verified, Amazon will ask you to setup a backup verification method in case you can’t receive the texted code. You can either provide a 2nd phone number or again use an authenticator app. If the authenticator app is chosen as a backup verification method, do the following steps:

Download an Authenticator app like Google Authenticator from your phone’s app store. Install on your phone.

  • Open the app and click “Begin Setup”.
  • Tap “Scan Barcode”.
  • Choose “OK” to give the app access to the camera.
  • Point the camera to the barcode displayed on the computer monitor. The app will then generate a 6-digit code.

 5. Enter the 6-digit code into the prompt on Amazon, click verify code. Continue.
6. Select “Got it. Turn on 2-Step Verification”

That’s it. You can now log into your account using Two-Step Verification and have significantly increased the overall protection of your account.

Questions and comments welcome!