Reset MySQL Password

MySQL is a database management system. It can house a number of files that can occupy a large part of the memory. Users can add a password to their database to restrict access. The password can be given to a number of people for shared access.

Users can also change their passwords after they have been set. Regularly changing passwords can be done for added security. This change can also be made if the user suspects that his password is no longer secure.

How Do You Reset the Password?

  1. End the process called mysqld daemon.
  2. Restart the process with the ‘skip-grant-tables’ option.
  3. Use the –u root option to start mysql client.
  4. Set the new password with this command: UPDATE mysql.user SET Password=PASSWORD(‘place the new password here’) WHERE User=’root’.
  5. Save the changes with the FLUSH PRIVILEGES command.

Following these steps will reset your password immediately. However, if you want an entirely different password, simply change the variables within the single quotes in step 4.

Safety in Passwords

Remember to be careful with your password. Keep your passwords as unrelated to you as possible. This is because people will often try to look for something related to you in order to get your password.

Try using a sequence of unrelated characters. Mix letters, numbers, and special characters to make your password harder to guess. The longer the password is, the harder it is to guess. If it is possible, use a mix of lowercase and uppercase letters.

Do not use proper nouns when making a password. They are easily cracked, as they are also associated with the important elements of your life.

If you can, use a passphrase. A passphrase uses a number of words written as one word without spaces. It can be something that means something to you yet would be harder to guess by other people.