There’s nothing quite as frustrating as forgetting your password and not being able to log into your email or other accounts. It happens to everyone. Fortunately, nearly all accounts offer you password recovery options. Usually in the form of a phone number or alternate email addresses.

You can click¬†Forgot my password¬†and a reset code will be sent to that email addresses, texted to the phone, or you might even receive a phone call. You might have to answer a security question, but you’ll still be able to log in and reset your password in just a few minute’s time.

However, there’s one important thing to consider. You must keep the contact information for you resetting your password up-to-date. If you change emails or phone numbers, you won’t get the message. I had an experience with my father-in-law where he’d moved and changed both his Internet provider and phone company. His previous recovery email was through the ISP and the account went away 30 days after he moved. When he changed phones, he changed numbers. That left no recovery options for getting into the account he was locked out of.

Now, if you haven’t set up the recovery options for your accounts, you need to do it right now. But I want a little more of you. I want you to make a list of all of your accounts (email, newsletters, banking etc…) and double-check that the recovery information is correct. And if you make any changes like a new email address or a new phone number, you check that list and make sure everything is up-to-date.

If you don’t know how to find out if you’ve set password recovery information, we’ll check out the process for the popular Gmail service. This would also cover your passwords for any Google Account.

Go to My Account by clicking the letter in the top-right of your Gmail inbox or click here.

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Choose Security Checkup.

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You’ll see a list of security items to consider. Under Sign-in & Recovery, you’ll see if you have recovery options enabled. Click on it to add recovery options or to verify that yours are up-to-date.

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I have 4 different options enabled.

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In future articles, I’ll look at setting up recovery information for other email services.