Your Amazon Account Could Get More Secure With Passkey Logins

Everyone's doing it

Now you don't need to remember that insecure password for your Amazon account; you can use passkeys instead.

Retailer juggernaut Amazon is rolling out passkey support when you sign into your account via browser or mobile app. Now you can set up your own passkey to use the same biometric unlock as your mobile phone, which means your account is both more secure and (if you have your phone nearby) faster to get into.

Google just made passkey support default for all of its apps two weeks ago, and many other companies already use the system, including PayPal, Apple, Kayak, and Adobe. All you need is your mobile phone since passkeys rely on the same face recognition or fingerprint scanner on your device to authenticate you to the site or app you want to get into.



Passkeys are more secure than your typical password and less susceptible to phishing attacks than the one-time codes sent as a text message.

"This is about giving customers ease-of-use and security simultaneously in their Amazon experience," said Dave Treadwell, senior vice president of e-commerce, in the blog post. "While passwords will still be around in the foreseeable future, this is an exciting step in the right direction. We are thrilled to be an early adopter of this new authentication method, helping to realize our vision for a more secure, passwordless internet."

Setting up a passkey on Amazon should be fairly easy as well. Log in to your Amazon account on the web or via the iOS app, select Your Account, hit Login & Security, and then choose Set up next to Passkeys. There will be step-by-step directions you can follow from there. Once you've added the passkey, you can use it on supported devices or browsers (you'll use the login for your computer here).

Amazon says passkey support is available today via the web and will roll out gradually to the iOS Amazon shopping app. Android app support for passkeys is "coming soon."

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