Accounts and Passwords

In order to access Stockton University's online resources (e.g., Go Stockton Portal, Email and Blackboard) you need a Go Stockton Portal account. Accounts remain active to current Stockton employees, and students attending Stockton (Computer accounts are closed for students who are not currently enrolled in classes at Stockton.)  

Students

Your Portal Account

Workstations located in the computer labs are connected to a centralized Windows network. Therefore, each user must logon to the network using their Go Stockton Portal User ID and Password before resources are available to them.

Students are allocated 500MB of centralized disk storage space that are accessible to them via their Documents folder on the desktop from any computer lab or the library.  This is a more secure and reliable alternative to portable storage devices.  Students also have access to the shared Scratch drive, s temporary public storage area that holds files for a day.

To ensure the security of accounts, all users will be logged off of the machine after an inactivity period of 10 minutes.  There will be a warning and countdown to logout that can be cancelled by the user.

Additionally, the Portal account gives students access to GMail and Blackboard.

Resetting your Portal Password

The goStockton Portal will prompt you to change your password every 180 days. You can also perform a Password Recovery if you forget your password. After resetting your password, don’t forget to update your mobile devices.

Proxy Accounts

Students may designate a Proxy who will have access to view the educational records selected by the student such as the bill, financial aid status, unofficial transcript and/or tax forms (Instructions below). For instructions on how students can designate an Authorized User to acess billing information and submit payments, visit the Bursar's Office Billing and Payments page for more information 

  1. To designate a Proxy, login to the goStockton Portal
  2. Click on Student Services
  3. Under Registration Tools, click on Proxy Management
  4. Select Add Proxy

    Click on Add Proxy

  5. Enter your Proxy's first name, last name and e-mail address
  6. Click on Add Proxy. Your Proxy will receive an e-mail. Please have your Proxy follow the instructions on the e-mail to confirm access
  7. As soon as access is confirmed, go back to Proxy Management in the goStockton Portal, select the Proxy and click on Authorization

    Proxy Authorization

  8. In Authorization, you'll have the option to grant viewing access to the following information: Bill Detail by Term, Financial Aid Status, Unofficial Transcript and Tax Forms
  9. Click on E-mail Authorizations to e-mail a copy of the authorized page list

If your parents/legal guardians need a Proxy PIN reset, follow the steps below.

  1. Login to the goStockton Portal
  2. Click on Student Services
  3. Under Registration Tools, select Proxy Management
  4. Click on Expand next to the name of your parent/legal guardian

    Expand Proxy

  5. Scroll down to the bottom
  6. Click on Reset PIN
  7. The following message will appear confirming your request
    Proxy request sent
  8. Your parents/legal guardian will receive an e-mail similar to the one below. Have them follow the instruction to complete the process.

    PIN Reset Email

Faculty

Active Directory Account

Faculty and staff accounts on the Active Directory server are used for accessing certain centrally stored data files (e.g., course class lists) and network printing. These accounts are generally created by the Help Desk staff when the office computer is set up. To request an Active Directory account, contact the Help Desk at extension 4309.

Exchange/Outlook Account

Microsoft Office 365 will manage the electronic mail services for Stockton’s staff and faculty members.

Blackboard 9

Blackboard 9 is a web based set of course tools designed to deliver online learning. This system is accessed through the My Courses channel on the goStockton Portal. Periodically, training is offered to interested faculty members.

The goStockton Portal will prompt you to change your password every 180 days. You can also perform a Password Recovery if you forget your password. After resetting your password, don’t forget to update your mobile devices.

The Keychain utility is a password management system in Apples macOS that can store your credentials for different applications and services like WiFi networks, email applications, and websites.  Every 180 days when your Stockton password expires the Keychain utility detects the change and requests that it be updated with the latest set of credentials upon first login with the new password.  The Keychain utility will prompt you to update the current keychain.

The system was unable to unlock your login chain

Click on Update Keychain Password to continue.

macOS wants to use the login keychain

Enter your old password into the password box and click OK.  The keychain utility will then update your keychain to the latest version of your password. 

If you have any issues resetting your keychain please contact the ITS Help Desk for assistance.

Password Protection (Changing your Password)

System Security Begins With You

There are two classifications of individuals who try to break into computer systems -- hackers and crackers. Hackers are individuals with proficient computer skills who exploit weaknesses in system programming in order control a computer system. Crackers break into computer accounts and damage the system using the privileges that are available to the stolen account or use the stolen account to mask their identity when attempting to break into other computer systems on the local network or the Internet.

How can these renegades be foiled? The hacker is stopped by closing down the “holes” the s/he finds. Computer & Telecommunication Services regularly installs software patches to close down security holes and continuously monitors possible break-in points. The cracker is stopped by good password security and good password security is in your hands.

Keep your password secure.

Never tell someone else your password. Stockton University feels so strongly about this aspect of password protection that it is specifically stated in the acceptable use policy in Standard 2.

“Users may not disclose the password of an account or otherwise make the account available to others who have not been authorized to use the account. Users are responsible for all usage of their accounts and are expected to take appropriate safeguards to assure that their passwords are not known to others.”

Never write down your password. Anyone observing your login will see where it is located and can retrieve it for their use -- or misuse -- when you aren’t around. Even if they don’t observe your login, they will look for anything written down and posted in the vicinity of your workstation (e.g., the side of the monitor, bottom of the keyboard, on the keyboard tray.).

Never send your password to someone else in an electronic mail message. You cannot be sure of the security measures taken on the systems that your message passes through or the security of the system where your message is delivered.

Never use software that automates your login. This type of feature embeds your password into a configuration file or programmable keyboard key. Anyone sitting at your computer has immediate access to your password.

Use a password that you can type easily and quickly. This will thwart anyone attempting to get your password by watching over your shoulder as you type.

Change your password regularly

All of our central systems and file servers require you to change your password every ninety days. If you suspect someone might know your password, don’t wait for it to expire. Change it immediately!

Avoid password pitfalls

Don’t pick a password that can be found in the dictionary. Our central computers check your password against a system dictionary, but there are many different dictionaries available. A word that is not in our system dictionary just might be in the crackers’ dictionary. This includes foreign language dictionaries as well.

Don’t choose a password that uses personal information that someone could easily find out about you. This includes information such as:

  • Your name, username, or nickname
  • Names or nicknames of friends, relatives, pets, or locations that are special to you
  • Numerical data about you such as birth date, social security number, license plate number, phone number, address, or zip code
  • Technical terms or names of prominent individuals in your field of expertise
  • Variations of any of these (e.g., your nickname spelled backwards)

Don’t choose a password that others might also choose. You should avoid:

  • Names of famous people such as sports figures, literary characters, mythological figures, biblical figures, actors, or political figures
  • Names of computer systems or software products
  • Any commercial brand names
  • Names of cartoon characters or science fiction characters (especially Star Trek and Tolkein)

Remember, the cracker wants to get into your account with as little trouble as possible. In addition to using dictionaries and password cracking programs, crackers also share lists of common passwords. The words below were extracted from a commonly used password list published on a cracker bulletin board. None of these types of words are likely to be in a dictionary, but a cracker will try them.

albany bacchus batman beethoven
 beowulf berkeley berlin celtics
charon daemon disney egghead
 einstein euclid fermat  forsythe
 fourier  gabriel  garfield harvey
ingres kermit   macintosh merlin
michael mozart napoleon newton
orwell osiris phoenix pierre
polynomial rachmaininoff snoopy socrates
toyota wombat yosemite  

 In addition to the types of words already mentioned, there are also non-words that should be avoided. Don’t use strings of all the same character, for example XXXXXXXX. Don’t use numeric patterns such as 246810. Don’t use keyboard patterns such as QWERTY or YTREWQ.

Choose a good password

What is a good password? A good password is one that is easy to remember but hard to guess. There are several methods you can use.

You can use real words as long as you use them wisely. One method is to concatenate two unrelated words. Example are LAMPFISH or BOATAPPLE. Another method takes this idea a step further. Use two common words, but separate them by a non-alphanumeric character. Examples are SPIDER_STAR or SILVER$BOOK. A third method is to intentionally misspell a word or words. For example, the word TEACHER could become TEECHUR.

You can create a pseudo-word by alternating consonants with one or two vowels. These words are pronounceable and easy to remember, but hard to guess. Examples are BOUGAMIT or EXOJUK

Finally, you can create a password like you might create a mnemonic device. Take a phrase that you can easily remember and use the first character of each word. If possible, include numbers and non-alphanumeric characters. For example, the phrase “Four score and seven years ago” could translate into the password 4SA7YA.