Amazon.com doesn’t require any introduction, right? The richly popular e-commerce giant has global presence and it’s website has it’s own regional variants that cater to different countries. While there are multiple Amazon URLs that we visit depending on which country we access it from, the process to set up a two-factor authentication is same. By the way, Do It! Now!
- Go to Amazon.com or your regional Amazon website and login.
- At top-right, hover the mouse over Your Orders -> and click Your Account.
- Click on Login & Security Settings option under Settings section.
- Click on the Edit button placed against ‘Advanced Security Settings’ option.
Alright so now we are at the Two-Step verification setup page. Take a couple of minutes to read through the instructions on-screen and when you’re ready, click on Get Started.
You’ll get two options here to get your security code: via Text Messages or via an Authenticator App.
Text Messages option
- Select the first radio button for Text messages. Pick your country, enter your mobile number and click on Please send code.
- The code will be sent to you via SMS. Enter the code in the box and click the button Please verify code and continue to verify the code.
- Once done, you’ll be asked to set up a backup method to recover your account in case the SMS option isn’t working.
- Provide an alternate mobile number here that you have access to and can receive your recovery code. Select either the SMS or Call option and provide the mobile number OR Choose the Authenticator App option.
- Follow steps in 1 to 2 if you choose to connect another mobile number. Else, read below to set up the Authenticator app.
Authenticator App option
- Select the radio button for Authenticator app. I normally use the Google Authenticator app (Play Store, App Store).
- Once you have the app ready for use, launch it and click on Add an account. Choose the option ‘Scan a barcode‘ to scan Amazon’s barcode.
- Scan the QR code on Amazon website. Once done, a six-digit code will appear in the app. Enter this code in the webpage and click Verify code and continue.
- A final screen will appear to provide some information on how to login in some of the devices that may not work well with the Two-step verification screens. To get around those, it is advised to ‘append’ the security code to the end of your password field. (password+security code) to successfully authenticate.
- All done, and the Two-step verification will now be enabled for all logins to your Amazon account.
Also, this is a one-time activity for your Amazon account. Once set up, you will be prompted for two-step verification across all Amazon domains.
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