Another option for enabling Two-Step
Verification is to purchase a USB security key. These are plugged into an available USB port
on your computer, and work with an authenticator program to generate codes for logging into
your seller account.
Some examples of USB security keys include
Yubikeys and Nitrokeys, but you can search for others on the Internet. Make sure they all
support TOTP-OATH (Time-based One-time Password Algorithm for the Initiative for Open
Note: USB security keys and authenticator
programs don't have access to your Seller Central password or account information.
USB security key
Follow these steps after you have
installed the authenticator program that comes with your USB security key.
Log in to Seller Central and go
> Login Settings.
Click the Edit button next to
Settings, and then click the Get Started button.
Check Authenticator App when
prompted to choose how you'll receive codes. A QR code will display on the screen.
Insert your USB security key into the USB drive on your computer.
Follow the instructions of your authenticator program to add your account name (email
address) and the secret key, which is embedded in the QR code. Some have the capability
to scan QR codes while others might require you to enter the secret key manually. If you
can't scan the code, click Can’t scan the barcode? on the
Two-Step Verification setup page.
After you add credentials to the authenticator program, it will automatically generate
a random code for you to re-enter on the setup screen under the QR code.
Click Verify and continue.
Now when you insert the USB security key
into your computer, a code will be sent to the authenticator program. You'll enter that code
on the log in screen. The authenticator program will not generate codes until you insert the
USB security key.