We all know someone who’s gotten an account hacked.
Whether it was their social media account or their Gmail, there are ways you can heighten your cyber security efforts to ensure your information is protected. In addition to using multi-factor authentication, you can also regularly change your Gmail password.
Changing your Gmail password is easy, regardless if you’re doing so on a desktop or the iPhone app. For steps on how to do both, just keep reading.
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It’s important that you know how to create a strong password so that no one can hack your Gmail account and access all of your emails and personal information. Once you understand that, it’ll only take a few minutes to change your Gmail password.
5 steps to change your Gmail password:
Click the gear and choose Settings
Click Accounts and Imports from the list at the top
Click Change Password
Enter your current password
Enter your new password twice and click Change Password
Whether you’re changing your Gmail password on your desktop or the Gmail app for iPhone, just keep reading for a step-by-step guide.
When you’re logged into Gmail on your desktop, click the gear icon in the upper-right corner and click Settings.
From the top list of options, click Accounts and Imports.
Next to Change account settings, selection Change password.
Gmail will then open a new window. First, verify it’s you by typing in your current password. Then, click Next.Enter your new password in both of the required fields. Note that it should be at least eight characters long. When you’ve picked a new password, click Change Password.
Your Google Account will then confirm your password has been changed.
Once in the iPhone Gmail app, tap the three horizontal lines in the upper left-hand side of the screen and scroll to Settings.
Then, choose the Gmail account you’d like to make adjustments to.
Under Account, select Manage your Google Account.
From the options at the top, scroll over to Security.
Under Signing in to Google, select Password.
Just like on desktop, type in your current password and click Next.
Next, you’ll be prompted to enter a new password. Just like on desktop, you’ll be told it should be at least eight characters. Then select Change Password. You’ll then be shown a confirmation screen that your password was successfully changed.
Change is for the better
Whether you’re boosting your cyber security efforts or just need to change your Gmail password after giving it to someone you shouldn’t have, doing so is easy. Just make sure you commit it to memory and keep it to yourself.
While we’re changing passwords, learn how to kick up your security even more by resetting your iPhone passcode.
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