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Your password gives you access to your AOL account and services and should be like a fingerprint—uniquely yours. It's a good idea to update your password regularly.
First, sign in to your account:
1. Go to aol.com.
2. Click Login / Join.
3. Enter your username.
4. Click Next.
5. Enter your password.
6. Click Sign in.
Once you sign in, you'll be taken back to aol.com, where you can access your Account Settings page.
1. Click your profile name:
2. If prompted, answer your Account Security Question and click Continue.
As we make some updates across AOL, you'll see one of two screens:
- If you see the Account Settings page, follow the "I see the Account Settings page" steps below.
- If you see the Personal info page with Personal info, Account security, and Recent activity listed as options, follow the "I see the Personal info page" steps below.
I see the Account settings page
1. Click Change Password in the Account Security section.
2. Enter your current password in the Current password field.
3. Enter the new password you'd like to use in the New password field.
4. Click Save.
I see the Personal info page
1. Click Account security.
2. In the "How you sign in" section, click Change password.
3. Enter the new password you'd like to use in both the New password and Confirm new password fields.
4. Click Continue.
5. Click Ok, got it.
Tips to create a strong password
A strong password is your first line of defense against intruders and imposters. Keep these tips in mind when creating or updating your password.
• Use unique words - Don't use obvious words like "password".
• Have 12 or more characters - Longer passwords are more secure.
• Don't be obvious - Don't use personal information like your name, your AOL username, birthday, etc.
• Avoid sequences or repeated characters - Don't use adjacent characters on your keyboard (QWERTY).
• Use a different password for each site - Otherwise, if someone acquires one password, they could use it to access all of your accounts.
Additional password tips
• Don't recycle them - Create new, unique passwords.
• Use antivirus software - Equip your computer with antivirus software.
• Don't share it - Never give out your password to anyone, not even friends.
• Keep it fresh - Change your password regularly. The more often, the better.
• Be cautious - If you're being asked to change your password, make sure it's a legitimate request.
• Type it out - Instead of clicking a link in an email, type the website's known and valid URL (such as aol.com) into your browser's address bar.