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How to Change Your Password

How to Change Your Password

Summary

Instructions for securing your account and changing your A-B Tech password through Microsoft Azure AD/Office 365.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Changing Your Password

Part 2: Securing Your Account

Need Help?


Part 1: Create Your Password

If you haven't logged into your account yet, the best way to create your password is through Office 365.

  1. Log into your Student Email outlook.office365.com.

  2. Type in your email address (username@abtech.edu if you are an employee, username@students.abtech.edu if you are a student).
    Login screen
     
  3. Click "Next", then enter your A-B Tech password.
    Enter password screen
     
  4. Click "Sign in". You will be asked if you would like to stay signed in. Click "No" unless you are on a trusted computer (your personal or work computer, tablet, or phone).
    Stay signed in screen
     
  5. You should be taken to an Office 365 page with a form that will let you change your password.
    Password change screen
  6. There are two technical requirements for your new password on this page.
    • It must be eight or more characters long.
    • It cannot be a password that Microsoft considers risky to use (it is either too common or it was found in a data breach).
    • If you choose too short of a password or one that Microsoft considers unsafe, you will be asked to "Choose a password that's harder for people to guess."

Part 2: Securing Your Account

Securing your account allows you to change a forgotten password without needing to contact the HelpDesk. This is highly recommended so you have the ability to change/reset your password yourself in the future.

  1. Visit the Password Reset page at abtech.edu/password.
     
  2. Click on "Secure Your Account." This will take you to a Microsoft web page.
     
  3. Type in your email address (username@abtech.edu if you are an employee, username@students.abtech.edu if you are a student).
    Login screen
     
  4. Click "Next", then enter your self-designated A-B Tech password.
    Enter password screen
     
  5. Click "Sign in." You will be asked if you would like to stay signed in. Click "No" unless you are on a trusted computer (your personal or work computer, tablet, or phone).
    Stay signed in
     
  6. You should now be on a page with the A-B Tech logo, the words "Keep your account secure", and a link to "Add security info". Click on that link.
    Page prompting the visitor to choose which type of security info to add
     
  7. You can secure your account using one or more of the following options:
    • Authenticator app: This allows you to use the Microsoft Authenticator app to prove your identity to Office 365.
    • Phone/Alternate phone: Either of these can be a home phone, and office phone, or a text-capable mobile phone.
    • Email: This allows you to use an alternate email address.

Need Help?

For more information about passwords, please see the Password Reset page at abtech.edu/password. You can contact the A-B Tech Helpdesk at (828) 398-7550 or helpdesk@abtech.edu.

 

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