It is important you know how to protect your privacy when using Amazon? Especially when there are no signs of Amazon slowing down during the pandemic. The e-commerce giant has made nearly $837,330.25 every single minute in the first quarter of 2021.
Collecting private data is vital for the success of big tech companies. In this article, we will explain all you need to know about how to protect your privacy. With the proper change in settings, you can take your privacy back.
Some of the users may already be part of Google’s new tracking method without even knowing it if you are using Google Chrome.
Likewise, Amazon is also tracking you in ways you may never know, but you can surely restore your privacy back by following these steps.
1. Clear Amazon browsing history
Browse Amazon.com, as you scroll through, it will show you things you browsed earlier or items remarkably similarly. It is certainly not by chance, Amazon keeps track of the history of the items you browse. To turn off these suggestions you can simply clear your browsing history from your profile.
It will not only stop Amazon from tracking your activity but also keep your browsing secret from others who use your computer. No one will ever know the gifts you are planning for.
How to Clear Amazon Browsing History?
- Log into your account
- Click on Account & Lists at the top right of your screen.
- Scroll to the bottom of the page to see Your Browsing History.
- Click View or edit your browsing history.
- To remove a specific item from view, click Remove from view beneath the product.
- To clear the entire list, select the Manage history dropdown on the top right of this page and click Remove all items from view.
Tip: To stop Amazon from collecting your browsing history from now on, toggle Turn Browsing History on/off into the off position.
2. Delete Alexa recordings from her memory
Alexa smart speakers store your recordings over the years, just go through it before you wipe it all out.
- Open Amazon Alexa app. Tap on More ie. three vertical lines.
- Go to Settings > Alexa Privacy.
- Tap Review Voice History. From here, you can filter by day, time range, and device.
- Tap a recording, then the play button to listen.
You can also wipe everything out all at once instead of deleting the recordings one by one.
- In the Alexa app, click the three-line More menu.
- Select Settings > Alexa Privacy > Manage Your Alexa Data.
- Under Voice Recordings, Tap Choose how long to save recordings.
- Choose a time period or select Don’t save recordings. This will delete any previous recordings.
You can also enable voice deletion. You can say, “Alexa, delete what I just said,” or “Alexa, delete everything I said today.”
3. Hide your order history or just certain orders
You cannot delete your order history permanently, but you can archive orders and hide them from view.
This is how to do it from your web browser:
- Log into your account, then click Returns & Orders in the top right.
- Under each order, you’ll see an Archive order.
- A box will pop up, asking you to confirm.
If you need to access an archived order to get a receipt or make a return, click Accounts & Lists, and select the block called Archived orders.
4. Stop Amazon Sidewalk from sharing your internet connection
The Sidewalk is a mesh network that extends your Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connection range by up to a mile. It transforms your Echo speakers and some Ring gadgets into bridge devices to give internet-connected tech a boost.
Sidewalk work does look handy, according to Amazon it uses three layers of encryption as a result of which your neighbors won’t be able to see your data. It can be a problem especially with the Internet of Things being notorious for insecure devices and no updates. This includes devices such as Ring’s Floodlight Cam, Spotlight Cam Wired, and Spotlight Cam Mount from 2019 or later, along with most Echo models (including the Dot, Plus, Show, Dot for Kids, and Studio) made after 2016.
To opt-out, open the Alexa app.
- Tap More followed by Settings.
- Tap Account Settings, followed by Amazon Sidewalk.
- Turn Amazon Sidewalk off if you do not want to participate.
5. Control who can see and hear you using an Echo Show
Amazon Echo Shows is a handy device for families to drop in to say hi to other family members whenever they want. Perhaps one of Echo’s best features but the speaker or display goes both ways.
It means someone can watch or listen to what’s going on in the room after a 10-second delay. Anyone can possibly pop in unexpectedly unless you adjust your settings.
Double-check who you have approved to Drop-In:
- Open the Alexa app on your phone.
- Tap Communicate at the bottom of the screen, and on that page, tap the contacts icon at the top right.
- Scroll through your contacts and make sure Allow Drop-In is toggled on for only the right people.
Set permissions for each of your devices. Maybe you are OK with this feature being switched on in the kitchen, but not in your bedroom.
- In the Alexa app, select Settings > Device Settings and choose the device you’d like to use Drop In with.
- Tap Communication, then select Drop-In. Choose from permitted contacts only or just your household.
- If you want to disable Drop In altogether, open the Alexa app on your phone and follow the above steps for each of your Echo devices. When you get to the Drop-In page for each Echo device select Off.