Reset a lost hotmail password
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If you've forgotten your Hotmail password, or you want to change the password on your Hotmail account, follow these steps to change/reset your Hotmail password.
Follow These Steps
To reset your forgotten Hotmail password, select "Can't access your account?".
Enter your Microsoft account username or Hotmail address in the box.
Type the characters you see
When you're done typing your Hotmail address and the characters above, simply select "Next."
Select the option "Email Me a Reset Link", just click the circle beside it.
Select "Next" to send the password reset link to your alternate email address.
After that, you will receive a note that says, "We've sent a password reset link to these email addresses."
Check your email, and see if you've received the email.
Then click on the link to set a new password.
Tips Tricks & Warnings
- If you weren't able to receive the reset link, repeat the steps.
- Simply follow the pictures above.
How to Keep Your Email Safe from Unauthorized Access
Do not share your password with anyone
Passwords are supposed to be known only by you. Avoid sharing accounts with another person, even if you trust that person. Also, do not write down your usernames and passwords in a document, especially if that document is not password protected. Some people also like making a notation and saving their usernames and passwords on their smartphone notepad for easy reference in case they forget. While this is very convenient, it is also very risky, especially when you lose your phone and you do not have a strong passcode lock. As much as possible, just memorize your password.
Avoid using predictable passwords like birthdays and anniversaries
These are the most common numbers that people use. Hackers can easily guess this based on your information. Therefore, choose unique combinations. It is even better if you can combine letters and numbers and upper case and lower case when making your password. Most email sites these days require these types of combinations as well, mainly because unauthorized access has been very common and hackers are becoming more and more clever.
Change your password from time to time
If you keep the same password for a long time and for some reason it has leaked out, it will be easier for hackers to access it. Therefore, change it so that even if there is a password leak, they won't be able to use it eventually.
Do not use the same password for different email accounts
If one of your accounts gets hacked, they will be able to access your other accounts as well if you use the same password. This is especially the case for alternate email addresses that you use for account retrieval. As much as possible, keep their passwords totally separate because if the hacker is clever enough, they can use the "forget password" option to hack both of those accounts.
Do not trust emails that tell you to make changes on your account
There are various email hackers nowadays who imitate your email provider and pretend they are asking you to make some adjustments to your account or resend the information. Before trusting any of these, assess the email address from which the email came from.
Do not click links, especially when the contains unusual characters
If there are any huge changes that come from your service provider, normally there will be an official announcement and not some random email like that.
Do not access your account if you are not sure of the security of your connection
If you are on public WiFi, without any passwords, refrain from accessing your account if you can. These types of networks are very easy to penetrate and therefore your login information can be stolen.
Questions and Answers
I found out that I have several Hotmail and live accounts older than 10-20 years?
I discovered a lot of mail (OLD) addresses I used many years before. I do not have the passwords for them anymore and the phone numbers are already gone. Info was not made complete over these past years. What can I do to let these accounts be gone? I want to make several old accounts away asap. I have destroyed a few which I could remember, but there are plenty addresses I do not have information from. I have tried: Some later addresses I found I could kill, cause I remembered a few things. Many others are still online. But I can't remember things from them except some addresses.
And now I am looking better I find many addresses more.... I think it was caused by: Made too many addresses when I still was young :)
I did not find my book with details for the accounts anymore.
We removed several times and we can't find details anymore
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