Amazon Account Security And Privacy Guide 2020

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If someone takes control of your Amazon account, they can not only order products with your money, they can learn a lot about you by seeing your order history and browsing history. They could also take control of Alexa voice assistant products and other Amazon products and services you may own. And if you use your Amazon account to log in to other websites, then someone who gains access to your Amazon account gains the keys to those other accounts.

For these reasons, you must take the time to set your Amazon Account security and privacy settings to stop hackers from taking control of it. Let’s walk through them.

This guide shows the full, desktop version of the Amazon website. You may also use this guide on Amazon’s mobile website. The links throughout the guide will take you directly to the pages referenced.

For some settings, I don’t have a recommendation related to security or privacy, so I don’t describe them in this guide. For those, feel free to keep the default, or choose based on your preferences.

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Improve Your Amazon Account Security and Privacy Using Your Account Settings

Open the Your Account page. You’ll see a page full of links that allow you to manage your account. We’ll go through them in order.

Amazon account security and privacy

Login & Security

Click Login & Security. Next to Password, click Edit. Set a long, strong password (20+ characters, with a mix of uppercase, lowercase, numbers, and special characters). I recommend using a password manager, such as LastPass, to create and store your password.

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Next to Advanced Security Settings, click Edit. I recommend adding an Authenticator App. I like Authy, but you can also use Google Authenticator. Learn more in How & Why to Use Two-Factor Authentication. Amazon doesn’t let you set up Two-Step Verification without adding a backup phone number, so consider doing that too.

Your Addresses

Delete any addresses that you no longer need to be saved in your Amazon account.

Payment options

Remove any payment methods that you no longer need to be saved in your Amazon account.

Content and Devices

If you own an Amazon voice assistant (Echo or other Alexa device), find it in the list, manage your voice recordings and other settings as necessary.

Advertising preferences

I recommend choosing Do Not Personalize Ads from Amazon for this Internet Browser to limit the data Amazon collects and stores about you. Otherwise, Amazon will track you not only on its properties but will also track your “visits to websites where we provide ads or content, or use of our payment services on other websites.” Note that even by setting this, you’ll still see the same number of ads, but they’ll be less relevant (less targeted to your personal data).

Amazon advertising preferences

1-Click settings

In the top right of that page, you’ll have an option to disable 1-click in your current browser or everywhere.

Lists

On the Your Lists tab, click one of your lists. On the right side, click the ellipsis (), then the Manage list. Set the privacy to Private, unless you truly need to share it. Repeat for any other lists you have.

Amazon list More Manage List
Amazon manage list privacy

Profile

Your Amazon profile can reveal a lot about you; information that could be used against you. So I recommend making your Amazon profile as private and anonymous as possible.

Click Edit your profile. I recommend setting Your public name to a fictional name (have fun making one up!). I recommend leaving all the other fields blank.

Click the Edit privacy settings tab. I recommend checking the boxes Hide all activity on your profile and Hide sensitive activity.

Login with Amazon

Review the websites and apps connected to your Amazon account. If there are any that don’t truly need access, click Remove.

Other Amazon Account Settings

Depending on which Amazon products and services you use, there may be other settings you should configure. Click through all the settings on the Your Account page, configuring as necessary.

Amazon Browsing History

If someone gained access to your Amazon account, would you want them to see all the products you’ve searched for and clicked on? If not, you should disable Browsing History.

In the main navigation menu of Amazon.com, click Browsing History. In the top right of that page, click Manage history. You can then click Remove all items and toggle Turn Browsing History on/off to Off.

Amazon Browsing History Manage history

Amazon Account Security and Privacy: Using Amazon Safely

If you use someone else’s device (computer, phone, tablet, etc.) to log into your Amazon account, be sure to log out when you’re finished! Otherwise, the other person can use Amazon as you after you leave.

Some websites let you log in with your Amazon account. Don’t use this option!

If someone hacks your Amazon account, they gain access to all the accounts you’ve set up for Amazon login. Yes, it’s more work to create separate logins for each site, but remembering the logins doesn’t take any extra effort if you use a password manager (I like LastPass).

2 thoughts on “Amazon Account Security And Privacy Guide 2020”

  1. After having looked all over Amazon and several other sites, it would appear the option to disable 1-Click payments is no longer available. If you want to “disable” it, you have to remove your payment information. You may wish to update your guide accordingly.

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  2. We are no longer able to turn off 1-click ordering. The information on many Amazon ‘how-to’ sites on this, including this one, is outdated and says we can. It’s especially frustrating when I need to order multiple dash button items and want to just put them all in a cart and then order as 1 order instead of 8.

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