In my previous article, Don’t Be Blog Gone: Tips for Keeping Your Blog Backed-Up and Secure, I alluded to the fact that it’s a good idea to change your blog’s password periodically, and that I was going to do this myself.

Well, doing this turned out not to be as easy as I thought it would be. I “assumed” (and I’ve got to quit doing that) that there would be a “change password” link on my Blogger Dashboard. After searching the “Help” feature, I found this:

Please note that Gmail users will not see the option to change their login name [and password]. Only accounts with a non-Gmail address can change this.

It seems that if you’ve got a Gmail account linked to your Blogger blog, you will have to make the change to your password by logging into your main Google account at Under “Personal Information” you will see the link to change your password, as well as some other items that might need updating.

Be sure to make your new password as “strong” as possible. Avoid using children’s names, pets’ names, your social security number, or anything that could be easily identifiable with you. For tips on creating strong passwords, see:

Still can’t think of a strong password? Try these password generators:

Use these password generators, and not only will a hacker never guess your password, but neither will you!

Protect yourself and your blog. A weak password is like having Barney Fife protect you: he might think nothing gets by him, but we all know better.

Copyright © 2008 by Elizabeth O’Neal

Elizabeth is a professional genealogist and California native living in the Santa Barbara area. She has been researching her own family for almost three decades, and providing research services to others for about 8 years.

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