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Keep ahead of hacks by changing your Gmail password — here’s how

The internet can be a wondrous place, full of cool stuff to learn and new connections to be made. Unfortunately, the internet can also be a seedy digital playground full of less-than-honest individuals who will take any opportunity to profit by taking advantage of others. Therefore, it’s a good idea to change your passwords every few months or so — it’ll keep you ahead of the curve, and your personal information at minimal risk.

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The first password that most people will want to change is their email password. And even though Google’s Gmail client is the most popular in the world (boasting more than 500 million users, as of 2014), changing your Gmail login isn’t as straightforward of a process as you might expect it to be. Luckily, that’s what we’re here for. Read on to find out how to set a new password for your Gmail account.

Note: The Gmail mobile app doesn’t allow users to change their password without logging in to the full browser version of the website. 

How to change your Gmail password

Step 1. Log into your Gmail account, and click the gear icon in the upper right-hand corner.

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Step 2. Click “Settings.”

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Step 3. Click “Accounts and Import” at the top.

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Step 4: Click “Change password.”

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Step 5: First, you’ll be prompted to re-enter your current password. Next, in the screen pictured below, you’ll need to enter a new password — twice (note that you can’t reuse an old password once you change it). Plus, any Gmail password you use must consist of eight characters. Once you satisfy these requirements, just click the blue “Change Password” button, and you’ll be good to go!