How To Change Passwords In Gmail
If you want to improve security on your email account, it helps to know how to change passwords in Gmail. Changing your Gmail password regularly is a good way to keep scammers out of your Gmail account.
- Settings. Sign in to your Gmail account. On the top right corner of your screen, choose “Settings” (right next to “Help” and “Sign out”).
- Accounts and Import. Under “Settings,” choose “Accounts and Import” from the list of links at the top of the section (it will be the second link). At the very bottom of the “Accounts and Import” page is the “Change Account Settings” section. Choose “Google Account Settings.” A new window will open.
- Google Account Settings. In the new window, you will see three sections: your profile picture (if you have one) under “Profile,” all the Google products and services you have used (AdSense, YouTube, Calendar, Blogger, etc.) under “My Products,” and security options under “Personal Settings.” Choose “Change Password” under “Personal Settings.”
- Change your password. On the “Change Password” page, you will have the option to change your password by either providing your current password or, if you are trying to reset your password because you forgot it, by providing the answer to your security question. After you have chosen between those two options, type in your new Gmail password twice and click “Save.”
- Password strength. Using numbers, capital letters and punctuation in your Gmail password makes it harder to guess. Don’t use the name of a place or person that a hacker would be able to guess. For instance, while your phone number or birthday might seem like a good choice, it would be relatively easy to guess. Try taking a word, for instance “secrets,” and changing around the letters like this: s3cr3ts. This way, it will be easy for you to remember, but will be harder for a hacker to guess.
Posted on: Mar. 17, 2010