File photo: Hagerstown, MD, united states – June 2, 2014: Image of a Amazon packages. (Credit: jahcottontail143, iStock)
The products that we buy say a lot about our lifestyle, our finances, and our national life. If you have an Amazon account, the amount of data the retail giant collects is amazing. Many people do not know that you get much more just for free two-day shipping with a Premier account.
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With these different areas to collect data about you, if you try to maintain a semblance of your privacy, you’ll definitely want to check out these five not-so-obvious settings.
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1. For the removal of your Amazon public profile
We don’t often think of our “Amazon-profile.” However, that is exactly what it is. Your profile is automatically created, whether you like it or not, and it contains comments, reviews, public wish lists, biographical information and other interaction on the website. This profile is not yet at your purchases or browsing history, but it is very informative.
If you want to determine which activity is visible on your public profile is displayed, do the following:
1. Place your cursor on the “Account & Lists” button, and then click on “Your Account”.
2. Scroll down to the “Order preferences” section. Click on the “Profile” link, which is directly above the social media on the preferences link.
3. Click on the link in the orange box on the right with the text, “Edit your profile.” Click on the Edit privacy settings tab.
4. You can select or de-select items such as Reviews, Questions You Follow, Public wish lists, Baby Registry, and others. To simplify this, there is also a convenient option to “Hide all the activity on your profile,” which turns off everything.
It is sometimes difficult to say what other people can see. If you want to quickly see what information you are sharing with everyone, click on the “View your profile as a visitor.” You can tell at a glance if you are sharing anything you do not want in the public arena.
If your profile is showing your real name, or other biographical information that you do not want to, then go back to the profile settings page and click on Edit profile tab. It is located directly next to the Edit Privacy settings tab.
You can edit or delete all information such as your Bio, Occupation, Location, and much more. You can even use the “public name” in your profile and post reviews anonymously.
2. Listen to and delete your Alexa images
If you have an Amazon Echo, you probably know that it’s strange secret: the device captures a lot of what you say. On the head, Echo uses this voice data to improve the functionality and to obey on your command.
Still ask Alexa just for the weather and the music? Tap or click here for 21 Alexa commands that you will use. The downside: Echo is not the saving of these images in the device itself, but with Amazon’s servers.
Many people don’t realize you can use your voice, log in with the Alexa app on iOS and Android. The app allows you to browse through your activity and listen to every recording.
It is a bit annoying, but it is possible to go back and listen to the first command that you have ever spoken to Alexa. There is nothing like hearing your two-year-younger kids will say: “What is the weather like?”
When I put my settings, I am always amazed at what Alexa does that not wake up in the clip. Tap or click here for the step-by-step instruction on how to listen to and delete your Alexa footage.
Keep in mind that Amazon warns, “the Erasing of recordings can reduce your Alexa experience.”
Related: You can use Alexa to call 911. Tap or click here for the steps, so that you or your family can ask Alexa to call for help when you need it.
3. Create your own lists
There are two main ‘lists’ on Amazon, the shopping list, and the Wish List. Many people use their wishlists for gift ideas, but we often use wish lists as a log of the items that we do not want to forget.
The problem is that everyone in the world can find your wish list by searching on your name. Granted, if your name is John Smith, ” you may not be easy to pinpoint. But if strangers find out where you live, they can distract you and identify your profile.
Check the privacy settings of your Amazon Lists:
1. Click on the “Accounts & Lists” drop-down box and then select “Shopping List” or “List”.
2. Now on these “Lists” page, click on the three dots (next to “Share in the List” then select “Manage List.”
3. Here you can send your list with details such as your list with name, the name of the recipient, e-mail, birthday, and most of all, his privacy.
4. Change of the list of the privacy, click, and select “Private” on the drop-down box.
4. Stop Amazon from tracking your browsing
Like almost every search engine, Amazon also tracks all your online activities by default. The company saves your searches, including items you recently viewed and product categories you have viewed. All this information helps Amazon to create targeted ads. While your browsing history is hidden from the public, you will find this habit disturbing.
Here is how to stop Amazon from tracking your online activities:
1. Log in to your account Amazon.com
2. On the top menu, click “Your browsing history.”
3. On the next page, click on the “history” drop-down arrow.
4. Toggle “Turn history on/off” is Disabled
Note: You can also clear your entire browsing history by clicking on “Remove all items” button
Meanwhile, you can also disable personalized ads, which many customers find it creepy and annoying. Here is how to disable targeted ads on your browser:
1. Go to “Your Account” page.
2. Under “e-Mail notifications, messages and advertisements”, click on “Ad preferences”
3. On this page, select “do Not Personalize Ads from Amazon for this Internet Browser.”
4. Press “Send”
5. Set a PIN code on Alexa purchases
“Alexa, to more shampoo.” It is convenient to buy items from Amazon Echo only your voice.
But I’d rather put my Echo on the Voice of the Purchase of the option altogether and use Amazon’s app or website to shop. This process is much more direct and safe, and you reduce the chance of making a mistake.
To turn it off:
1. Open your Alexa app.
2. Tap on Settings and scroll down.
3. Tap on Vote buying and for “the Purchase by the voice”.
If you still opt for the convenience (and the sci-fi atmosphere) of the Echo-voice purchase, you will need a PIN code to prevent unauthorized purchases.
To do this:
1. Go to the same Voice Purchase of settings page on your Alexa app.
2. Toggle “the Purchase by the voice”.
3. Toggle “Voice code”.
4. This will ask you to enter your 4-digit PIN code.
Once you have a Voice-Code is configured, the 4-digit code must be pronounced to make a purchase on your Echo.
Of course, everyone can listen and re-use of your code. A voice-the purchase of the PIN-adds a veneer of safety, but it is not infallible. As I said, I prefer the Voice Acquisition set to off entirely.
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