Can I change my AOL password at AOL.com?
I really don't want to have AOL software on my new Sony Vaio laptop, but I do occasionally need to get to my AOL account to check mail, etc. I can do that via their web site, no worries, but here's what I'm wondering: can I actually change my password and do all that other administrative stuff through their Web site, or does that require the actual AOL software package?
It turns out that you can indeed change your account password and manage your account by using the AOL.com web site, but only if you're running a PC. For reasons that I find inexplicable, if you try to do this with your Mac, running any browser at all, it'll get to a certain point and then tell you that you need a PC. I think it's a conspiracy funded by Redmond, personally. :-)
Anyway, on with the explanation! When you go to America Online's Web site, on the top right you'll either have a signin link that includes your account name (if you've ever signed on before) or a generic "sign in" message. Here's what I get:
When I click on it, I then have the chance to enter my account and password pair:
Fill that in, and you're now signed in to their (quite slick) Web based interface to the AOL service. There's precious little you can't do with the Web interface, so if you are an AOL fan, you should check things out while you're logged in.
Near the top is a set of primary navigation options, just below the search box:
Click on "My Account" and you'll be asked for your security question, to confirm that you're really you since you don't want anyone else tweaking your settings. That'll look like this:
My favorite film is ... oh, yeah, let's skip that part of this article, okay? :-)
Once you've verified your identity with AOL, you can now get one step closer to changing your AOL password. Here are the My Account settings you can access:
Almost there. Now click on "Password Reset" and you'll be able to change your password to anything you'd like:
Perosnally, I recommend you change your password at least every three months, and make it tough to guess!!
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