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One big mistake you’re making with your Amazon account

Did you know that if you sign in to your Amazon account on a browser or app, unless you’re in private or incognito mode, you’ll remain signed in unless you explicitly sign out?

Like any other website, Amazon uses cookies to keep you logged in to the site even after you’ve closed the browser or turn off the computer or gadget. Leaving your Amazon account signed in on a friend’s, or worse, a public computer can have dire consequences.

For your safety, always sign off your Amazon account on a shared computer or gadget after use. Or better yet, always use your browser’s private or incognito mode on shared computers. (Read on until the end of this article and learn how to turn this on.)

Signing out of Amazon actually requires a few more taps or clicks than usual because the sign out option is hidden from plain view. But as long as you know where to look, it’s quick and easy.

Here’s how to sign out of Amazon on your desktop, smartphone or tablet.

Sign out of Amazon’s website on a desktop browser

1, Hover your mouse over “Accounts & Lists” on the menu near the top of the page.

2. Check the bottom of the drop-down menu then click “Sign Out.” That’s it. Note: Make sure your account and password is not saved on the browser. Click here to learn how to clear it out.

Sign out of Amazon’s website on a mobile browser

If you’re on a mobile browser (on your smartphone or tablet), the steps are similar to the desktop. Here’s how you sign out:

1. Tap on the three horizontal bars on the top left corner of the page to access the menu.

2. Scroll down to the bottom of the slide-out menu then tap “Sign Out.”

Sign out of the Amazon app on an iPhone or Android smartphone

1. The process is similar on the Amazon app for your smartphone. Tap the three horizontal bars located on the top-left corner of the app.

 

2. On the bottom of the slide-out menu, tap “Settings” then “Sign out.” Note: Same steps apply to the iPad app.

 

Important: Using a public or shared computer? Always use private or incognito mode

Here’s one trick you can use if you absolutely need to sign in to your Amazon account on a shared or public computer’s browser. Go “incognito!”

Every major web browser – Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari and Opera – has private, or incognito, browsing.

Turning this feature on means your browser will ignore cookies and it won’t record your browsing history nor will it save your account credentials. Close out the session and you will be automatically logged out of all the websites you visited.

When your browser is in private browsing mode, it will show a special icon. If you don’t see the mask in Firefox, the spy in Chrome or the “InPrivate” in IE and Edge, then you aren’t in incognito or private mode.

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