How to Make Your Etsy Account More Secure - dummies

By Kate Gatski, Kate Shoup

You can count on Etsy being a fairly secure site to use. But, there’s always ways to do just a little bit more. In case you’re extra concerned about security, Etsy offers a few optional features to make your account more secure:

  • Full-Site SSL: Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) adds a layer of security on the Internet. Certain pages on Etsy that contain sensitive information, such as your credit card number, are already SSL enabled. If you want to apply SSL to all the pages you view on Etsy, simply enable this feature. (You can tell when pages are encrypted with SSL by their URL, which starts with https instead of http.)

  • Two-Factor Authentication: This security feature adds a layer of protection above and beyond your password. Here’s how it works: You receive a text message or phone call with a super-secret code, which you must enter in addition to your password to log on to Etsy. You’ll receive a new code every 30 days or when you attempt to log in using a different browser.

  • Login History: Enable this feature to track when and where you sign in to your Etsy account. This is handy if you’re concerned that someone else may be logging on to your account. As an added bonus, it enables you to sign out of any open sessions — for example, if you signed on to Etsy using a public computer and you forgot to log off when you were finished.

To access these features, follow these steps:

  1. Click the Your Account link along the top of any Etsy page.

  2. Click the Settings link on the left side of the Your Account page.

  3. Click the Security tab along the top of the page.

    The Security Settings page opens.

  4. To enable Full-Site SSL, click the top Enable button.

  5. To enable Two-Factor Authentication, click the middle Enable button.

    Etsy prompts you to enter a mobile phone number and to indicate whether you want to receive your two-factor code via text or phone call. Do so, and click the Confirm Phone Number button. Then obtain your code from your phone and enter it in the field that appears.

  6. To enable Login History, click the bottom Enable button.