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How to Change Hotmail Password

Updated February 21, 2019

Your Hotmail password is the key to your personal information and communication, so it's important to choose a strong password that is difficult to guess. A weak password can lead to hacking and breached personal information. Hotmail offers a quick process to reset your password. Use the "Forgot Your Password Link" on the sign in page, or change it within your Hotmail account.

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  1. Sign into your Hotmail account using your current username and password.

  2. Locate your name and profile picture, in the upper right corner of the page. Click your name and select "Account" from the drop-down menu.

  3. Scroll down to "Password" and click the "Change" link. Enter your current password in the top field.

  4. Enter your new password into the second field labelled "Type New Password." You'll need to use at least six characters. Ensure your password is complicated, yet easy to remember. A succession of seemingly unrelated letters and numbers works well and Hotmail allows symbols. The password strength detector will show how secure your password is before you confirm it.

  5. Retype your password into the last field when you're satisfied with your password strength. You can change your password every 72 days for more security. Commit your new password to memory, or write it down in a private place, then click "Save."

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About the Author

Kay Ireland specializes in health, fitness and lifestyle topics. She is a support worker in the neonatal intensive care and antepartum units of her local hospital and recently became a certified group fitness instructor.

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