How to Change an Account Password

By Maxwell Payne

A wide range of secure accounts require a user name and password. Websites ranging from social networking sites to online banking websites require passwords to gain access to your profile or account information. If your account is compromised or you simply want to change the password every few months for security, you can do so through "Account Settings" pages within the account.

Step 1

Visit the website or open the program that needs to have the account password changed.

Step 2

Enter your user name and password and click "Log in," "Connect," or "Enter." Wait for the account information to load on the screen.

Step 3

Look for a link that says "Account Settings," "Settings" or "Preferences" and click on it. Depending on the website or program, this link wording may vary.

Step 4

Scroll through the options and locate an option to "Change Password" and click on it.

Step 5

Answer the security question if prompted and enter your account user name and/or email if prompted.

Step 6

Enter your old password in the "Old password" or "Previous password" text box.

Step 7

Create a new password and enter it in the "New Password" text box. Reenter the new password in the "Confirm new password" or "Reenter new password" text box.

Step 8

Click on "Confirm," "Continue" or "Save Changes."

Tips & Warnings

  • Change your passwords regularly to reduce risk of your password being found or figured out.
  • If you forget a password, enter your email address or user name and click on the "Forgot password" or "Retrieve password" link on the log-in page.
  • Create passwords with at least 14 characters when possible and use a combination of letters and numbers to increase password strength. Use symbols or punctuation in the password if possible.
  • Choose passwords with a combination of letters and numbers to make guessing the password difficult.
  • Do not use the same password for multiple accounts.