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How to Change Your AOL Password or Reset/Recover it

You must give your AOL account a strong password. But no matter how strong your password is, you should try to change the password from time to time.

This is especially important if you think your account has been hacked or compromised in some way.

There are two ways to change your AOL password. Fortunately, you can either use any Internet browser on your Mac or PC. This way.

How to Change Your AOL Password If You Know Your Existing Password

  • Open a browser and go to AOL.com. If you aren't already logged into your AOL account, sign in now.
  • Click on your profile picture at the top right of the web page. You will be brought to your account page.
  • In the navigation pane on the left, click “Account Security.”
  • Click “Change password.”
  • Enter the new password you want to use, and then enter it again to confirm you typed it correctly. You can click “Show password” if that makes it easier to type. When you're done, click “Continue.”
  • Your new password will be saved.

Connect with AOL service to help and assistant.

How to reset your AOL password if you've forgotten your password

  • Open a browser and go to AOL.com. On the Sign in page, enter your username and click “Next.”
  • On the page to enter your password, click “Forgot password?”
  • Follow the instructions to reset your password. The process will vary depending upon what kind of security method you've set up. For example, AOL might send a one-time verification code to your email address. After you enter the code, you'll be given the option to change your password.

Ways to remember passwords

Forgetting a password is a common occurrence—just like the password itself. Instead of keeping a handwritten list or relying on your memory, store passwords in a password manager. There are many secure options available, from storing them in the browser to downloading third-party programs (some free, some paid). Double-check any method you use to ensure that passwords are stored in an encrypted format so that unauthorized parties cannot easily decipher them.

You must have a strong password for your online accounts:

  • really random
  • not shorter than 17 characters
  • Separate for each online account
  • changed every 90 days

There are some password practices you should avoid:

  • Don't use the usual “word + number” format.
  • Do not include publicly available personal information, such as your birthday.
  • Don't use common shorthand and substitutions (such as using “@” for the letter “a”).            


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