How To Change Hotmail and Outlook.com Password

Posted on October 29th, 2013

First we need to go to www.hotmail.com and on the right-hand side enter your email address and password, then click ‘Sign In’.

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Go to the top right and click on your name (‘Paul Brown’ in this case), then click on ‘Account Settings’.

 

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On the Overview, under ‘Password and Security Info’, click on ‘Change Password’.

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When the ‘Change Your Password’ page loads, type in your current password and new password and click save. If you would like to change your password every 72 days click on the tick box ‘Make me change my password every 72 days’.

 

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Your password has now been changed.

 

Tips for Picking a Secure Password

Picking a password can be tricky, so here are a few tips:

Don’t use the following passwords

  • 123456
  • abc123
  • monkey
  • qwerty
  • password
  • letmein

These are just a few examples of insecure passwords; any word that’s listed in a dictionary is not a safe password and could be easily guessed.

So to create a secure password, it’s a good idea to use a mixture of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols, and make sure all passwords are at least eight characters long (the longer the better).

As an example, if we take the word ‘Cumbria’ we can make it a bit more secure by mixing the letters up, and swapping numbers for letters. Often 3 is swapped for m, 1 is swapped for i, 7 for r, and A can be replaced by giving you a secure password: C3RAR1B*64781U, which is Cumbria, with a symbol and some numbers also added.