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Amazon adds two-factor logins for safer shopping

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Considering our Amazon accounts store a host of sensitive data, not least our credit card information, it’s a surprise the retailer only requires the simplest of passwords to keep out the crooks. They don't even need to guess a special character, a number, or a capital letter!

Thankfully, all that has changed with the quiet introduction of two-factor authentication for Amazon accounts.

Although it hasn’t made an official announcement, reports on Wednesday revealed Amazon enabled the long overdue security boost a couple of weeks ago in users’ Account Settings.

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All folks need to do to give themselves a little extra peace of mind is to navigate to Advanced Security Settings.

There they’ll be able to add a mobile phone to accompany the password. From that point on a security code will be sent to the phone every time users attempt a log in on another device.

Users can receive the code via SMS or link their Amazon.com account to any number of two-factor apps, like Duo Mobile, by scanning a QR code on the Amazon website.

The addition comes as most major service providers continue to add two-factor to their various offerings, in order to make it more difficult for unauthorised parties to access customer data.

It's optional and not easy to find right now, but hopefully Amazon plans to make the feature mandatory sooner rather than later.

John Gass

November 19, 2015, 12:52 pm

At the time of writing, amazon.co.uk doesn't have Advanced Security Settings. But by logging into amazon.com I was able to follow the instructions you've given and can confirm that, once signed up to two-stage verification there, it becomes activated on Amazon UK as well.

Mark Southee

November 19, 2015, 6:02 pm

Not available for those of us in UK!

John Gass

November 19, 2015, 6:08 pm

I posted a comment earlier, but it looks like it hasn't appeared yet. Log into amazon.com rather than amazon.co.uk and follow the instructions in the article. This will give you two-stage authentication across all of Amazon, including the UK website. I've done it, and it works just fine.

Mark Southee

November 20, 2015, 11:05 am

Thanks John, I'll give that a go.

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