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Two Factor Authentication adds an extra layer of security to any online account, making it more difficult for someone to break into your account without your permission.
Once enabled, two factor authentication will require anyone who tries to log in to your account to have physical access to your mobile phone in order to log in, even if they know your password. It basically works like this:
1 – You sign into an account that supports Two-Factor Authentication and add your mobile phone number to the account.
2 – The online service provider sends an authorization code to your phone, usually either by SMS text message or via an authenticator app.
3 – You return to the online account and enter the authorization code you received. That code serves as proof that particular mobile phone belongs to you.
4 – After your phone number has been verified via the authorization code, the account in question will send a new authorization code to your mobile phone every time someone tries to log into the account.
That person (even if it is you) will not be allowed to log in to your account unless they have physical access to your phone since they’ll need to enter the authorization code that was sent to the phone.
As you can see, Two Factor Authentication makes it a LOT more difficult for someone else to log into your account even if they know your password.
If you shop at Amazon you can easily enable Two Factor Authentication on your Amazon account and prevent scammers from logging into your account. Just follow these simple steps:
1 – Click here and log in to your Amazon account.
2 – Hover your mouse over the Account & Lists link and click Account.
3 – Click Login & Security.
4 – Scroll down to the Two-Step Verification (2SV) Settings line and click the Edit button.
5 – Follow the prompts from there to enable Two-Step Verification and Login Security Codes for your account.
That’s all there is to it. After Two Factor Authentication has been enabled on your Amazon account you’ll be able to rest assured that it’s pretty well locked down and safe from hackers.
Bonus tip: This post offers 10 reasons why I recommend that you purchase your tech gear from Amazon.