As you probably know, eBay is a website where you use your real financial details to pay real money in order to buy real goods. Therefore, you will want to make sure that the password for your account is as strong as possible, in order to prevent anyone from entering your account and using your information and money to purchase their stuff for them.
To learn how to change your password, read our quick instructions below or scroll down if you need more details.
To change your eBay password:
- Go up www.ebay.com and log into your eBay account.
- Move the cursor up Account settings in the upper left corner and click Personal informations .
- Next to the “Password” field, click Edit .
- Log in again to verify your identity.
- Enter your current password, a new password (twice) and click Send .
Detailed list of instructions for changing an eBay password
1. Visit eBay and log into your account.
Go to www.ebay.com in your web browser and log in. Choose any web browser you like, but we will be using Google Chrome for this tutorial.
2. Go to your account settings.
Move the mouse cursor over your name in the top left corner and click Account settings .
3. Find the menu to edit your personal information.
click on Personal informations in the menu on the left.
4. Change your eBay password.
click on Edit next to the “Password” field.
5. Re-enter your username and password to verify your identity.
For security reasons, you will be asked to log in again. Just type in your password (your username should already be entered) and click Log in .
6. Enter your current password and a new password and submit the change.
On the next screen, click in the box next to “Current Password” and type the password as it is now. Then, click in the boxes marked “New password” and “Re-enter new password” and type the password as you want it to be in each of them. Then click Send .
NOTE: You can also click on the drop-down menu labeled “Secret Question” and select a security question, then click in the box marked “Secret Answer” and type your answer. This can help eBay verify your identity in case you forget your password.
5 tips for changing your password:
1. Don’t repeat old passwords; always invent something new.
You may be tempted to repeat old passwords, or even just change a minor aspect of your password rather than invent something new, but you shouldn’t do that. For example, if your password is “ilovecake” don’t change it to “ilovecake1 ″ /” ilovecake2 ”and so on. Also, you shouldn’t just switch from “ilovecake” to “ilovepizza” every time you need to change a password. Using old passwords is one of the worst trends people have when creating passwords.
2. Think randomly! Make sure you use length, complexity, and variety.
Using random combinations of letters, numbers and symbols is always better than using just words or just numbers. Remember to lengthen your passwords as well. At a minimum use a minimum of 8 characters, but remember that each character you add above makes it much more difficult to guess or hack. A password with 12-15 characters is much stronger, especially if it contains at least one number, one symbol and one uppercase letter.
3. Do not use easy-to-guess or common passwords.
One of the worst things people do when creating passwords is to use things that are easy to guess and extremely common. Some of the worst offenses include “123456” or “654321” and so on, as well as “passw0rd” or “iloveyou”. Never use your birthday, anniversary, children’s birthday, license plate number, or things that people can easily find out about you. Try to find a creative way to write a password for the things you do or use all the time.
For example, if you order the same pizza every Friday, you could create a password like: 1XLP-bac-gpep-shroom (an extra large pizza with bacon, green pepper and mushrooms). If your favorite movie is Casablanca, try something like: Rick’sCafe * 1942. Think about the things you love and can easily remember, but get creative with the way you write them.
4. Change your passwords often, not just when prompted.
Changing your password just because someone has accessed your account is too little too late. It is recommended that you change your passwords every 3-6 months or whenever you think it may have been compromised. Never share your passwords with anyone or indicate that you always use particular phrases or numbers for passwords, as this makes your password much easier to guess than you might think.
5. Think of a way to remember your new password without typing it down.
A great tool you can use for this is a password manager website or app. These apps only require a password to log in, but they store the passwords for everything in one place. This way, you can make your passwords as long, random and complex as you want and don’t have to worry about forgetting them. Make sure you are using an extremely secure password for this app, because if anyone was able to access it, they would also have access to anything personal or private.
If you don’t want to use a password manager, there are other tricks you can use to remember passwords without typing them. Try to find something specific to the website or application you are protecting to help you remember it in the future. For example, if you were changing your eBay password, you might consider including phrases like “shopping”, “online”, “e-commerce”, “auction”, “bay” and so on.
There! You have changed the password for your account and hopefully it is stronger than before. If you need information on how to reset your password in case it has been compromised, be sure to read our next tutorial (click “Next Tutorial” below).