How to Change Your Email Password

How to Change Your Email Password

When you wish to exclude people from having access to anything, it is essential to have a password that is efficient yet easy to remember. Depending on your email service provider, you may have to go through a different series of steps to actually change and confirm the changes made to an account password. If you are using your default ISP email services the process is usually really simple to complete and requires your account information or a confirmation of previous password.

Navigate to Password Change Dialog

The general process to change a password for an email account is to find the preferences section of the email provider. Once you locate these preferences settings you will find a change password box or option to change your current password. If it only asks for your current password and updated new password you can easily have your password changed once you verify that the password is spelled or entered correctly. Once the verification is completed, you should be able to use the new password on your next login.

Extra Steps for Password Changes

Some email providers need you to pass some extra security measures to be able to access the password changing options. This helps to ensure that you are who you claim to be and proves the identity for the system. This is why it is important that you choose security questions that only you yourself will know the answers to. Simply choosing the most common security questions such as mother’s maiden name can be easily found and could compromise your online privacy if someone has access to that information. Writing your own security questions are even better, as you can specifically ask something that only you, as the owner, would know. Once you complete the steps, you will be prompted for your current password, your new password and a verification of your new password.

Extra Verification Steps

Some email companies require you to give a secondary email when you sign up. This way, they could send you verification emails when you change your password and make other important changes to that account also. This is handy when someone guesses your password or tries to change the password through password recovery options. When you are sent the email, you must navigate to a link they provide to activate the changes. If the changes were unauthorized, you will have options to reverse what occurred or reset the information and provide an even better password. This is also helpful when you need the password but do not remember your security questions. You can request an email to reset your password in such an event and even set new security questions through the secondary email.