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Amazon Turns to 2-Step Authentication for Better Security

November 19, 2015 - Written By Tom Dawson

These days, we do so much online that it can be hard to remember just where our information is. Of course, those that are savvy enough to keep the amount of accounts and such they have open to a minimum have it a little better, but for a lot of people Amazon is one store that we’ve all used at one point. With Prime Video now a big part of Amazon for a lot of users there’s more reason to use Amazon beyond just shopping. Of course, all of this costs money, and that means sensitive information such as your credit card and bank cards are stored somewhere on Amazon’s servers.

While Amazon already takes security a little more seriously than others, making you log in often to make sure none of your devices are logged in for too long and such, they’re taking things a little further now, at least in the US. As CNET is reporting, Amazon.com is now offering up two-factor authentication for account holders in the US. Essentially, two-factor authentication is a more secure method of logging you in, because it needs you to provide a code sent to your cell number. This takes out of the equation, to some extent, the mystery of whether or not it’s actually you logging in, working on the assumption that only you have access to your cell phone. This sort of thing is nice to see, especially for those users that have had their accounts compromised before or experienced credit card fraud.

It appears as though the service has gone live for those in the US, and it can be turned on or off in the settings on Amazon.com. With a lot of people looking to spend all sorts of money this holiday season, what with Black Friday fast approaching, this could be a nice new feature for those looking to save some cash but are still wary of buying online. Those interested should take a look at their account settings on Amazon.com, but remember this will slow down logging in a little bit.