How to change your Facebook password to protect your account security

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There are several ways to change your Facebook password and enhance your security.

  • You should change your Facebook password regularly to keep your account and data secure.
  • To change your Facebook password, go to the “Security and Login” menu.
  • If you haven’t already, you should also enable two-factor authentication for your Facebook account.
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Internet security isn’t something to be taken lightly, and social media sites are some of the most heavily targeted sites by hackers.

One of the ways you can keep your data safe – or at least drastically reduce the chance of being hacked – is by regularly changing your password, particularly on Facebook.

Thankfully, creating a new password is easy on both the Facebook website as well as in the Facebook mobile app. Here’s how to do it.

How to change your Facebook password on the website

1. Open Facebook in a web browser and log into your account, if you haven’t already.

2. Click the downward-pointing arrow at the top-right of the screen, then click Settings & Privacy and Settings.

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In the drop-down menu under the arrow, click “Settings & privacy” and then “Settings.”

3. In the menu on the left side of the screen, click Security and login.

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Select “Security & login.”

4. Scroll down to the Login section, and next to the Change password option, click Edit.

5. Type in your current password, then enter a new one and enter it again to confirm.

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Enter your old and new password in the text boxes.

6. Click Save Changes to confirm your new password.

How to change your Facebook password on the mobile app

1. Open the Facebook app on your iPhone or Android and tap the three horizontal lines in the bottom-right corner of your screen to open a menu of options.

2. Scroll down and tap the Settings & Privacy section, and then again on Settings.

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Open the app’s settings menu.

3. On the next screen, under Security, tap Security and Login to be taken to a menu with your security options.

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Find “Change password” under the “Login” section of “Security and login.”

4. Under Login, tap Change password.

You’ll want a longer and more complex password than what’s pictured above.

5. On the Change Password screen, enter your current password and your new password, and then re-write your new password to confirm it.

How to turn on two-factor authentication on Facebook

Even if you have a strong password that you change regularly, it’s always worth adding two-factor authentication to your Facebook account.

Related Article Module: How to set up two-factor authentication on Facebook to help protect your account

Two-factor authentication makes it so when someone tries to log into your Facebook account, they’ll also need to enter a code that’s texted to your phone. It’s one of the best ways to keep your account safe.

To turn on two-factor authentication, head to the same “Security and Login” menu as above, and use the “Two-Factor Authentication” options there.

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