When you first go through Facebook sign up to create your profile, part of the minimal information you will be required to supply is an email address and a password. But you can, and should (for security reasons), regularly change your Facebook password, especially if your find yourself checking your profile from public locations or shared computers: you never know who could have seen you type your password when you were logging in! (And by the way, you can also change your Facebook email address.) In this tutorial, we will show you how to easily change the password associated with your Facebook login.
Change Facebook password for your profile
Follow these steps to choose a new password:
- First, login to your Facebook account; once signed in, click on the "Account" menu near the top right corner of the screen, as shown on the screenshot below, and pick "Account Settings":
- Facebook will redirect you to your "My Account > Settings" page: the fourth section is labeled "Password - What you use to log in", and includes a "change" link - click on it:
- A new screen will now load below, and contain three text fields; in the first one ("Old Password"), type your current Facebook password: this is a security measure designed to prevent others from changing your account password without your knowledge or consent.
- Then, type the new password to which you want to change twice, the second time for confirmation purposes, (since you can't see what you type behind the special characters).
- Then, type the password you want to change to inside the "New Password" and "Confirm Password" text fields - the second entry is there to avoid typos. Make sure that you follow the security requirements outlined in the Facebook password change screen, which are self-explanatory. What is not is the first bullet point: "By changing your password you will be logged off all other computers".Tip: Because your Facebook password is there to protect access to your account from unauthorized users, a new password will automatically "kick out" anyone who might currently be logged in to your Facebook profile. This has also a secondary effect: if you have chosen to automatically login and make Facebook remember your password, you will need to re-enter your new password when you check your profile from these other computers - the same holds true for Facebook apps you may be using on your iPad, cell phone, or other mobile internet devices.
- Once you are done, click on the "Change Password" button at the bottom, and Facebook will apply the change right away: you can immediately start using your new password to login.
That's all it takes to change the password you use to login to your Facebook account; we recommend that you regularly change it, especially if you login to Facebook from public places or shared computers. While you have some control over the safety of your own computers and mobile devices, you never know if a "key logger" (software that records keystrokes on a keyboard) may have been installed on a hijacked / hacked machine at a public library, shared computer at school, etc. Always manually logout from these:
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