How to Change Your Aol Mail Password on your iPhone or Webpage

It's always a good idea to routinely change your password. That includes your social media, your online forum accounts, your apps etc. AIM Mail and AOL Mail passwords are no exception, even though you think most people don't use such services - they still do!

Changing your passwords on a regular basis drastically reduces the chances of becoming the victim of hacking. Another good reason to change your AOL Mail password is if you think that your account has been compromised. It's always a good idea to have complex passwords to reduce the chances of brute force hacks, so you might want to change your AOL Mail to something a little bit more difficult to guess. On the other hand, you could have a hard time remembering your password. Changing it to something a little easier for you to remember is another good reason.

Whatever your reasoning, don't even try to find a "Change Password" option in AIM Mail and AOL Mail. There just isn't one. Of course, that doesn't mean you can't change your password or anything like that. Instead, you need to go back to your so-called screen name. All AOL Mail and AIM Mail accounts are provided with screen names.

How to change your AIM Mail or AOL Mail Password

To modify the password of your AIM Mail or AOL Mail account all you have to do is follow these 5 easy steps:

  1. First, log in to AOL using your username or the email linked to your account as well as your current password.
  2. Make sure that the Manage Your Account category is open.
  3. Press "Change Password" under Password.
  4. Type your new password in both the New Password and Confirm Password fields. Make sure your new password is both secure and easy to remember. You don't want to get locked out of your account.
  5. Press Save.

How to make sure your new AOL password is secure

According to security experts, complexity and length are key when we are selecting a new password. A good password needs to be complex so that it can block attempts at dictionary-style attacks. That means that you should use all kinds of different characters like upper and lower case letters, numbers, and symbols. The more complex and random the better.

The other key factor is the length. No matter what you may have heard size does matter. Each added character your password makes it exponentially harder to crack. This is because each extra character included adds more uncertainty to the overall password increasing the number of possible combination between characters. Say for example that your password has 15 characters. If those 15 characters are just letters there would be 52 ** 15 possible 15-letter combinations.

Now, let's add the complexity factor and assume that we're using all possible characters on our keyboard (a-z, A-Z, 0-9, space, and all of the different symbol keys). There are now 82 to the 15th power different combinations of 15 characters (82 * 82 * 82 ... ). In other words, a lot. Now imagine what happens if you add the 16th character. The number becomes even more ridiculous.

How can I generate such a password and hope to remember it?

Well, there's always the time-tested method of writing it down either on a piece of paper or in a file somewhere on your computer. However, if you opt for this method you better make sure no one else has access to it. You don't want your password to fall into the hands of a malicious third party after all.

Another idea is to get a password manager so it can remember it for you. Cyclonis Password Manager has highly sophisticated Password Generator and Password Analyzer features you can use to make sure you have the strongest and most reliable passwords. You don't even have to remember them, CPM will do it for you. All of your valuable data can be stored on local storage or transmitted to the cloud via end-to-end encryption. CPM uses the highly acclaimed AES-256 encryption algorithm which is virtually uncrackable.

January 24, 2019

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