Two-Step Verification is a popular method to improve the security of accounts by adding another verification step to the authentication process.
It blocks attackers from accessing the account with the password alone, as they need the second code as well for that once Two-Step Verification is enabled.
Companies like Google, Twitter or PayPal use two-factor authentication already, and Amazon is the latest to introduce the feature for Amazon accounts.
The feature is being rolled out in the United States as we speak which means that you need to enable it on the US site to make use of it.
It will work with regional Amazon sites afterwards as well though.
Note: You may not need to perform the first step to enable Two-Step verification. Skip it and go directly to Step 2 below instead to give it a try.
Caution: There seems to be no option to create passwords for devices that don't support Two-Step authentication. It is unclear right now how those are handled and if they continue to work after enabling Two-Step Verification.
First thing you need to do is add a mobile phone number to your account. This is best done on the local Amazon site and not Amazon.com unless you are from the United States.
The reason for this is that users are reporting currently that verification SMS are not reaching their phones when they are using the main Amazon site. It works for some though but it is better to use a local site for that as you won't run into this issue.
Step 1: Adding a mobile phone number to your Amazon account
Step 2: Turning on Two-Step Verification
Now that you have added a phone number to your Amazon account, you may enable Two-Step Verification for the account as well.
Note: Codes are either sent to the device through SMS or generated directly on the device using a compatible authenticator application.
The process itself is similar to how authentication works on other online sites supporting Two-Step Verification:
Finally, click on the "got it. Turn on Two-Step Verification" button to enable the feature for your Amazon account.
Disable Two-Step Verification on Amazon
Disabling Two-Step Verification is a quick process.
Note: Once you have enabled Two-Step Verification on Amazon.com, options to manage the feature become available under Account Settings on regional Amazon sites as well.
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