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How to Change Password in Hotmail

Introduction

Many websites advise their users to change passwords every once in a while to prevent brute force attacks, and Hotmail.com is not an exception. Basically, this type of websites is often attacked, and you want to play safe and change your password from time to time in order to keep your account safe. You also want to do that in case someone got to know your current password and you don't want your e-mails to be read by anyone but you. Whatever your reason is, feel free to check this tutorial and learn how to change your password in Hotmail and protect your account from invaders.

Do's

  • Go to http://www.hotmail.com/ and sign in to your account.
  • Look at the top right corner of the page and find your name there.
  • Go down to the Options. You'll see various options there (Home, Account, Display, Profile, etc) - you want to choose the Password option from the list (it's right under the Account option).
  • Now, you see the page where you can change your password. This is an intuitive process, so it won't take you a lot of time. Simply enter your old password and type your new password.
  • There is the indicator of password's strength below that field. You want to make your password as strong as possible by choosing a combination of letters, numerals, and symbols. Make it at least 8 characters long to make sure no one hacks it.
  • Finally, retype your new password in the suggested field and press Save.

Don'ts

  • Don't try to change your password if you forgot your old one. Also, don't try to change someone else's password.
  • Don't use the same password for multiple accounts. The more websites you use this password for the higher the chances of brute force attack. If you use the same password for your emails, Paypal account, and other services, bruteforcers can hack any account that you have. All in all, be wise and create different passwords for different resources.
  • Don't choose a password that is too simple. If your name is John and you set "John" as the password, you have good chances to find your account hacked in the future.
  • Don't forget to log out every time the session is over, especially if you share your computer with other people. This is also very important if you log in to your account from your computer at work. Don't forget top log out and change your password if you quit your job… just in case.

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Conclusion

The lack of security is a huge threat for all your virtual activity. Changing passwords is a good way to protect your account and keep your emails safe no matter what. Besides, it protects your account form brute forcing and getting into spam lists. Follow the guidelines and change your passwords in 1 minute. The process is really easy and intuitive, and you don't have to be a computer ninja to get this job done. Besides, the process doesn't require any confirmations or sending SMS.

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