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How To Kick Somebody Off your Amazon Prime Account
Amazon is one of the largest e-commerce sites in the world. From its humble beginnings as an online bookstore, it quickly expanded into the juggernaut of electronics and household items that we have today. With over 95 million Amazon Prime members in the United States alone, it’s a popular online resource for shopping, entertainment, and home-based solutions.
Amazon Prime is likely the company’s most innovative and successful contribution to online retail with the additional benefits of video streaming, free ebooks, and unlimited 2-day shipping. Access to these benefits alone makes Amazon Prime accounts a natural target for unauthorized guests and familial freeloaders alike. Add to the fact that there is such a lucrative wellspring of prospective victims and you have a hacker haven in the making.
If you want to avoid becoming a statistic or already have and need to rid yourself of the nuisance, follow these necessary precautions I have laid out for you below. It’s time to safeguard your coveted account and secure the privacy it so rightfully deserves.
There are a few indicators that someone is using your Amazon account. Although it may be difficult to pinpoint who it is in some cases; understanding the things to look for will prove someone else is using your Prime account.
Aside from understanding the signs of an intruder, we’ll also go over how to get rid of the person and secure your Amazon account.
Whether you’ve given permission to a friend or family member to use your prime account, or someone has accessed it without your consent, following these instructions will ensure they’re no longer able to get in.
First thing’s first, we’ll need to show these unwanted “guests” the door. We’ll kick things off with a password change to immediately remove anyone currently enjoying an unauthorized jaunt through your account. We’ll be changing up a few things with your account moving forward so stick with me and follow along.
Let’s regain control of your account and change your password. So long as you can still access your Amazon account:
Another thing that hackers enjoy doing is changing up your account information to make it harder to remove them. Within the same Login & security page, make sure that the “Name”, “Email”, and “Mobile Number” rows are all correct.
Verifying that this information is correct ensures that you get any alerts or updates. It’s also a good idea to remove any addresses and card information that does not belong to you. Doing this means it will be easier to detect a change in information when you log in again.
If everything seems to be correct, we can move on to the next step. For anything showing incorrectly, hit the Edit button off to the right and correct it accordingly. The “Mobile Number” row will be especially important to what comes next.
The final row on the Login & security page is your “Advanced Security Settings”. When you click the Edit button for this row, it will take you to a new page where you’ll be able to set up 2FA for your Amazon account.
Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) is designed as a second wall of protection by creating an additional passcode for entry into your account. Passwords are easily stolen but adding this extra layer of defense will aid in your Amazon account remaining secure.
Another way to ensure those who’ve used your account in the past are further removed from a repeat is to rid your account of their devices. You can do this step from either the Amazon or Prime Video website.
From the Amazon website:
From the Prime Video website:
For future reference, if you sign out of Prime Video, the device you are currently using will no longer be connected to your account. Prime Video is no longer accessible with this device until you’ve logged back in.
To sign out of Prime Video:
If the person who is accessing your account is someone who you do not know: it’s likely because they’re trying to make purchases using your payment information. It’s imperative that you do a bit of due diligence and scour your account for recent purchases that you did not make.
You can head over to the Your Orders page from the “Account & Lists” drop-down. All of your recent orders will be on display stemming back over 6 months by default.
Find something that you didn’t order? Immediately get in contact with the credit card company attached to the card used as well as Amazon’s Customer Service in order to dispute the charges.
If you’ve set up an Amazon Household account to share your Prime benefits with a now-former member of your household, you can end it. To stop sharing your Prime benefits:
If you choose to leave the household, you will not be able to join a new household for 180 days. This is also true for the member who is kicked. However, should you choose, you can rejoin or reinvite the same household at any time.
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Oct 26, 2020
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