Managing Passwords & Cybersecurity Tips


ClearLogin (KeanGoogle, BlackBoard, and others)

Passwords can be changed at: https://kean-edu.clearlogin.com/update-password


Domain Account

Passwords can be changed on any Windows computer by pressing the keys CTRL, ALT, and DEL at the same time and selecting "Change my Password," If you cannot access a Kean-issued Windows computer, please call the office.



What is ClearLogin? 

Clear Login is a “single sign on service (SSO)” that the university uses to manage and consolidate many different website logins to one username and password. This allows you to not only have the same username and password, but to reuse the log in between sites; once you log into Clear Login, you will not have to re-login to other sites that use it. For example, if you have logged into Workday, then you will already be logged in when you go to your e-mail (unless a lot of time has passed or you logged out). 


The following services are managed through your ClearLogin account:

  • KeanGoogle / Gmail (the primary account for ClearLogin)
  • BlackBoard
  • Zoom
  • TutorTrac


Logging In 

 

ClearLogin is a white and blue website, matched to Kean. Its icon is C in an orange hexagon shape.  

ClearLogin’s page will only require you to enter the first part of your username and your password 

 

After entering your credentials, you will be redirected to GMail.  

Rarely, a successful login may lead you to Clear Login’s homepage, or to a website with a large QR code (a black and white pixel pattern) that discusses Multifactor Authentication. These pages can be ignored, and you can re-navigate to the GMail website to proceed. 

Once you are in GMail, it is advised that you bookmark it for ease of access. For instructions on bookmarking websites, please see below.  

Creating A Strong Password:

When changing your password on any service, keep in mind the best practice guidelines for a strong password. 

Whenever possible, try to meet as many of the following criteria as possible:

  • Make it at least eight characters long.
  • Try to use uppercase letters, lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols
  • Never use "easy" or "obvious" passwords, such as "password", "letmein", "123456", etc.
  • Do not base it on your username, real name, or company name
  • Avoid including complete words (or words with very simple substitutions, such as "passw0rd")
  • Create a unique password that you do not use on another service
  • Ensure that you are not re-using old passwords, especially ones that have been used on breached websites. 

As convenient as it may be, an "easy to remember" password is a bad password. When you include your own personal information, it can be possible for someone to manually guess your password. However, if you make a long password with many different kinds of characters in it, then it becomes difficult and time consuming for even a hacking program to guess your password because of all the possibilities it must take into account. 

Refrain from writing your password down, especially on a note that will be left by or open on your computer. Instead, it is recommended to come up some way to remember your password, such as a phrase that "sounds like" the password when it is read aloud.

Checking If Your Previous Passwords Have Been Leaked:

It's important to be aware of previous password breaches that may have affected you. Old passwords should be updated and changed if they have been a part of a breach, and reusing a previously compromised password poses a severe security risk, especially if that password was associated with the same login information. After a security breach, the information associated with your account may be recorded and stored. In essence, this means that malicious actors may be able to find your password online and know that it was previously matched to your username, and they may attempt to use it with that username on other common services to see if it works.
Ideally, when a breach has been identified, the service provider will contact you or lock your account as a precautionary measure.  

When using certain browsers such as Google Chrome, you may receive a warning pop-up when logging into a webpage. When you receive this warning, it means that the password you just logged in with has been affected by a security breach. 


For example: "Change your password -- a data breach on a site or app exposed your password."

There are also public online databases which track security breaches and will tell you which ones have been associated with your e-mail address. If you choose to use one of these websites, review the services and years of the breaches and be mindful of any passwords you were using on those services during that time. 

(Note: Kean University is not affiliated with any of these websites and is not responsible for their content, nor do we necessarily endorse their advertisements. Do not use any such service that requires entering your password.)

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