Keeping a firm handle on your online security is one of the most important things that you can do, in the digital era. It’s no longer feasible to keep a limited number of passwords in the back of your mind, for the plethora of accounts that are necessary for having an online presence. Being that Netflix is one of the entertainment centerpieces for many individuals and households, that password, in particular, can be of critical importance. In the following article, we’re going to show you how to easily change your Netflix password to something safe and secure, so that you’ll never have to doubt the safety of your account.
Maybe you’re just wanting to change your password to feel safer. Maybe you’re worried that your account has been breached. Maybe you’re in the middle of a nasty breakup, and you want to lock down that account you’re paying the monthly subscription to. No matter your reason, we’ve got your answers, below!
Surprisingly, many consumers aren’t quite sure what makes a good password. Many also don’t realize the importance of having a unique password for every account that you own.
Let me describe a scenario. The average person has at least a dozen different online accounts at a given time. We’re not just talking websites; we’re talking phone apps, too, since they all operate in the same online space, whether you’re on your phone or your computer. Think about all of the accounts that you own—Amazon, eBay, all of the other places that you’ve shopped online, Gmail, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, all of your different messaging apps, Netflix, Hulu, all of the different online streaming resources you use.
It gets to be quite a long list, but that’s the point, isn’t it? How in the world can anyone expect you to remember a unique password for all of these different sites? Because the human brain is so reluctant against such a process, most tend to simply use similar passwords, or the same password, across multiple different sites.
We’re here to remind you that this is a terrible idea. There are quite a few reasons for that, too, which we’ll get into below. First, however, we’re going to talk about keeping your Netflix account secure. It’s an easy thing to do, so if you’ve just come here for that process, it’s the first thing that you’ll read about. If you’re open to learning a little bit more about online security, then read on, and hear some of our crucial best practices for maintaining multiple online passwords.
Your Netflix Account
It might seem like a simple thing, but give some thought to how often you use that Netflix account. Are you a cord-cutter? Did you give up on cable access? Is Netflix the center of your home entertainment experience? If that’s the case, imagine losing access to your account entirely. Pretty unpleasant, right?
Keeping that account safe is an easy thing. But because you probably have a hundred other things to manage in your life, there’s a good chance that updating your online passwords isn’t always at the front of your mind. That’s okay! You’re not alone. If you have a few free minutes, you can easily complete this task, and then not have to worry about it for a good long while.
Changing Your Netflix Password
Below, we’re going to discuss the importance of having a completely unique password for all of your online accounts. For now, it suffices to say that you should come up with something you’ve never used before when you’re going to change your Netflix password. Here are a few useful guidelines that will make it a strong one:
- First, make sure that your password is unique. It should not be the same as any other password you’re using, on any device.
- Next, use something other than familiar words or phrases as your password. Do not use your mother’s maiden name, the name of your family pet, or your favorite hobby. The best thing that you can do is use a series of numbers and characters, a combination of uppercase and lowercase letters, with numbers and other symbols mixed in. If it looks like someone slammed their head against the keyboard while alternating hold on the Shift key, you’re doing it right.
- Lastly, make sure that you have a system in place to document your passwords. Preferably, you would use a password manager (which we elaborate on below) but it will suffice to simply write down your passwords in a safe place. Unsecured electronic reference is not advised.
Following these steps, you’ll be able to create a password that won’t be cracked, unless the Netflix databases themselves are hacked (which is not likely.) Once you have a password in mind, you can move on to changing your Netflix password.
As long as you remember all of your current account details, we can get started!
- First, head to the Netflix website. Make sure you’re logged into your account and are tabbed into the primary profile on the account. Once finished, you should arrive at the main Netflix screen, which displays the variously featured shows that are currently streaming.
- In the top right corner of the screen, you’ll find the avatar for your profile, as well as a drop-down list. Hover over this, and then select Your Account.
- From here, select Change Password.
- This will take you to a new menu, with three input entries. Fill in your Current Password, followed by your New Password, entered twice. There’s also a checkbox that allows you to require all other devices to sign in using your new password. Make sure that this is checked, and then select Save.
Viola! You’ve just changed your Netflix password, hopefully to something more secure than you were using before. You can repeat this process as many times as you’d like, but rest assured that changing your password to your account once will make sure that the change applies to your Netflix account on all devices.
The Importance of Online Security
Now, we’re going to have a little talk about the importance of creating and maintaining unique passwords. More than that, it’s overall important to keep close track of the various online accounts that you manage on a daily basis. We’ve already spoken a bit about the plethora of accounts that the average person maintains for even a minimal online presence.
Thankfully, it’s possible to get some help in doing this.
The problem that’s created when you use similar or same passwords across multiple accounts is this: a single breach can begin to affect more than your single account. It’s easier than ever for those who might use your information and accounts to breach multiple accounts under your online identity, too. Thus, having unique passwords across the board will help to keep you much more secure.
Best Practices of Passwords
We’ve already outlined the steps that will make your passwords themselves secure. Don’t use common phrases. Don’t even use words if you can help it. A series of uppercase and lowercase letters, mixed with numbers and other characters is far better than any phrases that might be easier to remember. Keep that rule in mind—if it’s easier for you to remember, it’s easier for someone to crack.
On top of making sure that your passwords are strong, it’s important to have a system in place that allows you to manage them. Though a password manager is the best way to go, the good ones end up costing a few bucks to subscribe to. You can just write them down as is necessary, but this entire process is often made to be more complicated than it has to.
The single, unifying thing about most of your online accounts is that they all require the use of an email account. Using that email account, you can easily reset your account passwords in case you forget them, lose them, or otherwise don’t have immediate access to them. Though it’s important to remember your passwords, this simple feature—common to all online accounts—is an easy failsafe if you can’t remember, or didn’t write down any given password.
Tips & Tricks
As we’ve said a couple of times above, a password manager is an invaluable tool for anyone that conducts any type of activity online. Great password managers will catalog and contain all of the usernames, passwords, and other sign in information that you use across various websites and applications. They sync across your computer and mobile devices, meaning that you can use them practically anywhere. Additionally, they often have tools that will allow you to generate and use secure passwords with only a single click. You’ll be permanently relieved of the responsibility of creating new passwords manually.
Products like LastPass are perfect for these types of tasks. Though it’s not feasible to win everyone over on the concept, we do highly recommend in signing up with some type of software like this. The amount that it can help your online life is immeasurable!
We’ve helped to show you how to change your Netflix password. On top of that, we also hope to have introduced you to the heightened importance of tightly-managed online security. If you have any questions about the features and concepts discussed in this article, let us know in the comments below!