Does Lockdown Browser Record You?

In this article you will learn about the Lockdown Browser and whether it has the ability to record you while using it.


What is the lockdown Browser?

LockDown Browser® is a specialized browser that restricts access to the testing environment within a learning management system. LockDown Browser is the “gold standard” for securing online exams in classrooms or proctored environments, being used at over 2000 higher education institutions.


How Does the LockDown Browser Works


What can LockDown Browser See?

In general, browser lockdown software can detect when a student tries to access another browser tab or computer application, as well as when the student tries to use keyboard shortcuts.


Does LockDown Browser record your monitor?

You may be required to use LockDown Browser in conjunction with a webcam to record yourself during an online, non-proctored exam. (The webcam feature is also known as “Respondus Monitor.”) Your computer must have a working webcam and microphone. In addition, a broadband connection is required.


Can LockDown Browser see me?

Without the Respondus Monitor, also known as Respondus LockDown Browser, LockDown Browser simply locks down the student’s testing environment within the learning management system, restricting student actions such as copy-pasting, printing, switching tabs, using keyboard shortcuts, and more.

The Respondus Monitor is built on top of the LockDown Browser to provide institutions with an automated proctoring solution. It expands on the LockDown Browser’s functionality and provides a more secure testing environment by accessing the computer’s webcam and microphone to record ambient sound and video of the student’s testing environment.


Does LockDown Browser prevent cheating?

In non-proctored environments, it adds webcam and video technology to deter cheating and ensure student identity. LockDown Browser is a custom browser that locks down a computer or iPad to prevent online exam cheating. It is ideal for use in proctored settings.

LockDown Browser on its own simply prevents cheating on the student’s computer, but it works in tandem with Respondus Monitor, also known as Respondus LockDown Browser, to further access the computer’s webcam and microphone in order to detect and flag any attempts at cheating at the candidate’s examination environment.

Because LockDown Browser is only capable of preventing actions that can be used to cheat on the computer, it is unable to detect students cheating with secondary devices because it does not have access to the candidate’s environment.

The Respondus Monitor extends the functionality of the LockDown Monitor by allowing access to the candidate’s computer webcam and microphone. It can then identify and record any suspicious activities taking place in the candidate’s examination environment and flag them.


How Does Lockdown Browser Detect Cheating Without Webcam?

LockDown Browser does not access student webcams on its own, but Respondus Monitor or Respondus LockDown Browser, which is built on top of LockDown Browser, requires students to have a working webcam and microphone before taking their test.

Respondus LockDown Browser, also known as Respondus Monitor, works by gaining access to the candidate’s webcam and microphone. Students taking an online test with the Respondus LockDown Browser must use computers with functional webcams and microphones.