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How do you change your Google password?

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How do you change your Google password?

Google PasswordOne of the integral components of any online service’s security is the password. It’s what identifies you, and allows you access to your account. Because of the dearth of other ways to identify you, the password is often seen as a weak link and the main thing many hackers go after. To prevent security breaches, it’s a good idea to change your password on a regular basis.

Here’s how you can change the password for your Google account.

How passwords work with Google

As you probably know, Google offers a wide variety of services and chances are high that if you have a Google account, you use more than one service. You’ll also know that you only have to log in once to get access to almost any Google app.

This is because Google uses Single Sign-on (SSO), which is an access property that allows a user to enter a password once and gain access to all related services. This is meant to make the ‘Google experience’ seamless and more efficient.

While this is useful, it can also be a bit of a security issue. If someone was to get a hold of your Google password, they will have access to everything on your Google account. It would, therefore, be a good idea to change your password on a regular basis – at least every three months. Luckily, Google has made it easy to change it, and offers two main ways to do so:

Change your password from Gmail

You can change your password from Gmail by:

  1. Logging into Gmail and pressing the cog on the right-hand side of the window (Below the black bar)
  2. Selecting Settings from the drop-down menu.
  3. Clicking on Accounts which will be on the horizontal menu bar in the window that opens.
  4. Clicking Google Account Settings followed by Security from the menu bar that opens.
  5. Selecting Change password and entering your current along with your new password.
  6. Pressing Change password.

Change your password from the Accounts tab

You can also easily change your password by:

  1. Going to accounts.google.com.
  2. Logging into your Google account.
  3. Clicking on Security from the left-hand menu bar.
  4. Selecting Change your password and entering your current along with your new password.
  5. Pressing Change password.

When changing your password, it is best to pick a new password, don’t simply add on a character, letter or number to an existing password. If you would like to learn more about the security of your online accounts and how we can help, contact us today.

Published with permission from TechAdvisory.org.
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