Due to the high number of hackers that are breaking into Amazon accounts, Amazon is now recommending that all users turn on Two Factor Authentication (2FA) for extra security.
If you would like to setup your Amazon account for 2FA, follow the instructions below. Note, there may be slight variations on different types of smartphones.
Securing your Amazon account is fairly straightforward.
Once it’s setup, it involves one extra step when logging in.
What you’ll need:
- An Android or Apple phone
- Google Authenticator App (Free)
- PC or Laptop
- On your phone, go to the App store and search for Google Authenticator and tap to install
- On your PC or Laptop, go to www.amazon.co.uk and login
- At the top right hand corner of the Amazon website, click on Account and then click on Your Account
- Click on Login & Security
- Click on the edit button to the right of where it says Two-Step Verification (2SV) Settings
- Click Get Started and select the Authenticator App. You will see an Internet Barcode displayed
- On your phone, open the Google Authenticator App
- Click the + sign in the bottom right hand corner and select Scan a Barcode
- Point your phone at the computer screen and it will give you a One Time Passcode (OTP)
- Type the OTP into the Amazon website on your PC
- Click on Verify OTP to Continue
- Type in your mobile phone number – This is used as a backup if you decide to uninstall the Authenticator App
- Click on Send OTP
- You will receive a text with another code. Type that into the Amazon website
- Click on Verify OTP & Continue
- Now click the button at the bottom that says Got it, Turn on Two Step Verification
Next time you login to Amazon, you will type in your username and password as usual, then you’ll be asked to type in your One Time Passcode.
You’ll find your One Time Passcode by opening the Google Authenticator App. Type in the 6 digit code and that’s it.
From now on, only someone with access to your phone will be able to login to your Amazon account.