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How to Change Your Etsy Password

When you set up your Etsy account, you’re prompted to select a password to prevent others from accessing your account. Unfortunately, many people opt for decidedly lame passwords — their birthdays, their kids’ names, the word password, or something equally easy to guess.

To ensure that no one accesses your account without your authorization, you need to set a strong password. A strong password is at least eight characters long; doesn’t contain your username or your real name; doesn’t contain a complete word; differs from passwords you’ve used in the past; and contains a mixture of uppercase letters, lowercase letters, numbers, symbols, and spaces.

Don’t use the same password on multiple sites. Otherwise, if someone figures out your password for one site, that person will have access to all your online accounts. For an added layer of protection, you need to periodically change your password — ideally, every 30 to 90 days.

To change your password, log in to your Etsy account and follow these steps:

  1. Click the Your Account link along the top of any Etsy page.

  2. Click the Settings link on the left side of the Your Account page.

    You should land automatically on the Account tab, but if you don’t, click the Account tab at the top of the page.

  3. In the Password section of the Account tab, type your current password in the Current Password field.

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  4. In the New Password field, type your new password.

  5. Retype your new password in the Confirm New Password field.

  6. Click the Change Password button.

If you’re worried about forgetting your password, you can write it down — but make sure you store it somewhere safe and private. If you forget your password and where you wrote it down, you can enter the e-mail address you used to set up your account here.

If you forget your password and where you wrote it down and the e-mail address you used to set up your account, you have to contact Etsy at support@etsy.com to ask for help. Ditto if you forget your username.

If you’ve signed on to your Etsy account using a public computer — for example, one at your local library or in an Internet cafe — be sure you log off when you’re finished. Otherwise, the next person who uses that computer will be privy to your account information.

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