Let’s face it: We give more information to big tech companies than we need or ideally should. What we do online, what we like, where we go, and what we buy is out to take.
You can’t really get around to data-sharing, but there are steps you can do to minimize this. To get started, take a look at everything Google knows. you’d be surprised.
Now it’s time to dive into your Amazon settings. Be honest, when was the last time you clicked on these? If your answer is anything else but last week, you have some work to do.
Since many of these steps are on Amazon, tap or click here to sign in to your Amazon account.
1. Stop Amazon from Tracking Your Browsing
Amazon tracks your browsing activity by default. The company saves your searches, including items you’ve recently visited and product categories you’ve visited.
All this information helps create targeted ads to Amazon. This is why you see products in the same way that you saw them. Although your browsing history is hidden from the public, you may still be disturbed by this habit.
How to stop Amazon from tracking your browsing activity:
- Log in to your account on Amazon.com.
- On the upper menu below the Amazon search bar, click browsing history.
- On the next page, click on Manage history Falling arrow.
- Toggle Turn on browsing history To turn on / off Close.
You can also stop individual ads with a few clicks:
- Go for Your account Page.
- Under “Communications and Content”, click Advertising preferences.
- On this page, select Do not show me interest-based advertising provided by Amazon.
- Beat Submitted.
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2. Double-check your lists
There are two main “lists” on Amazon: the shopping list and the wish list. You can use your wish list for gift ideas or to track items you want to buy later.
The trouble is, anyone in the world can find your name and get their wish list. If you have a very common name, it will not be easy to pinpoint you. But if strangers find out where you live, they can downsize and identify your profile.
To check the privacy settings of your Amazon lists:
- Click on Accounting and inventory Select the drop-down box again Wish list.
- Click on the three points next to “Send List to Other People”“ In the top right, then select Manage list.
- Here, you can change your list details such as your list name, recipient’s name, email, birthday and privacy.
- To change the list’s privacy settings publicClick and choose Private On the drop-down box. You can also choose here whether the item can be added to your list via Alexa.
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3. Remove your public profile
We don’t often think of our Amazon account as our profile. However, it is the same. People are always surprised when I tell them that it is also public.
Your profile is created automatically, whether you want it or not, and includes comments, ratings, public wish lists, biographical information, and other site interactions. It does not include your shopping or browsing history, but it is still very informative.
If you want to control what activity appears on your public profile, follow these steps:
- Sign in to your Amazon account. Click Accounting and inventory.
- Under “Order and Purchase Preferences”, click Your amazon profile.
- Click on orange box Edit your public profile.
- Here, you will see edit Profile And Edit privacy settings.
Sometimes it is difficult to tell what other people can see. If you want a quick look at the information you are sharing publicly, click “View your profile as a visitor”. You can tell at a glance if you are sharing anything that you do not want in the public domain.
If your profile shows your real name or other information that you do not want, go back to the profile settings page and click edit Profile Tab. Located right next to Edit privacy settings Tab.
You can edit or delete any information such as your bio, business and location. You can also change the “public name” on your profile and post reviews anonymously.
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4. Listen and delete your Alexa recording
If you own an Alexa-enabled device, you probably know its secret: the device records what you said. Alexa stores these recordings not only on the device but on Amazon’s servers.
You can review your voice log with the Alexa app on iOS and Android and listen to all your requests.
Want to set these to be automatically deleted after a certain time? In the Alexa app, go to Adjustment > Alexa Privacy > Manage your Alexa data. Under “Manage your voice recording”, select Delete recording automatically And choose if it happens every 3 months or every 18 months.
You can also ask Alexa to delete the recording for you. To enable it, go to Adjustment > Alexa Privacy > Voice history review In the Alexa app.
Now you can say, “Alexa, delete everything I said today” or “Alexa, delete what I said.”
Amazon warns, “Deleting voice recordings can degrade your Alexa experience.” duly noted.
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5. Disable voice shopping or set PIN
Voice ordering ensures that sounds convenient, and this can actually happen if you find yourself ordering the same item month after month.
But for most people, this is probably something you only run into in an accident. You can disable voice purchasing by following these steps:
- Open your Alexa app.
- Tap three times in the lower right corner and select Adjustment > account settings.
- Tap Voice shopping And slide the toggle to disable “purchase by voice”.
If you still want the convenience of Alexa voice shopping (and sci-fi vibe), then you should set a PIN code to avoid unauthorized purchases.
To install it:
- Go to the same voice shopping settings page on your Alexa app.
- Enable Buy by voice, Then toggle Voice code On.
- This will prompt you to enter your 4 digit PIN code.
Once you have a voice code configured, a 4-digit code has to be spoken to complete the purchase on your Alexa-enabled device.
Of course, anyone can listen and reuse your code. The voice-shopping pin adds a veneer of security, but it is barely foolproof.
Bonus for Bonus Tech: Feeling anxious? How to run background check
applying for a job? Apartment rental plan? Trying to get insurance? It is more than likely that companies, institutions and even the individuals you have contacted will all do a background check on you.
Simply put, information and privacy go both ways and it’s all in the name of security – you want to know more about them, and vice versa, they want to know more about you. And remember, these reports are comprehensive and may include your income level, debt, debt, criminal records and other sensitive data.
This is why you should do a background check on yourself and see what these institutions, prospective employers and various companies can request about you.
Tap or click here for step-by-step instructions to see what is really there.
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