Changing your Gmail password may seem like a tedious task, but it’s a vital one, especially if you frequently handle others’ personal data in your day-to-day.
A breach in email security can lead to a PR disaster for businesses, so make sure you keep on top of this important task. Failing to regularly update your password puts you – and those you communicate with – at risk of hacking, which can result in financial theft, identity fraud, and the sale of confidential information.
Here’s how to quickly and easily change your Gmail password.
8 steps to changing your Gmail password
1. Log in to Gmail on your browser
2. Click on your profile photo in the top right-hand corner of the page:
3. Click on the ‘Google Account’ button in the box that has opened up in the top right corner of your inbox. This will take you to your Google Account settings page:
4. Click on ‘Security’ – it’s the fourth option on the left sidebar. This takes you to the ‘Security’ page:
5. The second box from the top is titled ‘Signing in to Google.’ Click on the ‘Password’ option within this box:
6. Google will now ask you to verify your current password by signing in – simply type your existing password in the box and click ‘Next.’ If you don’t know your password, click ‘Forgot password’ and follow Google’s instructions to reset your login information through your backup email account:
7. If your sign-in is successful, you’ll be taken to the ‘Password’ page where you must type in and confirm your new password. Choose a strong one of at least eight characters, using a combination of numbers, letters, and punctuation. Remember – don’t use an obvious password such as a pet’s name, birth date, or a password similar to ones you use on other sites:
8. Once you’re happy with your new password, click ‘Change Password’.
Congratulations! You’re done – you’ve successfully changed your Gmail password. Remember to repeat this process at least once a year for optimal email security.