Respondus LockDown Browserfor Windows


Academic tool to supervise students

Respondus LockDown Browser is an online proctoring software that is used in the education field to monitor students while they take tests. A free trial is available. Both students and teachers will need to download the app to use the program to take exams online and to review test results.

Honorlock, Proctorio, and MonitorEDU are alternative remote proctoring services. Honorlock has the most artificial intelligence integrated into the utility. All of the applications will prevent students from leaving the examination by locking the browser. Additionally, the apps include identity verification.

What does Respondus LockDown Browser do?

Respondus LockDown Browser is an AI proctor that puts an online assessment into full-screen mode. You cannot minimize the window. The standard menus and toolbars are removed. Only the back, forward, refresh and stop keys are available to press during the examination. Your entire computer and laptop are affected.

You cannot use the mouse or trackpad to right-click nor keyboard to do shortcuts. Your function keys will not work. Respondus only lets you exit an assessment after you submit your answers to be graded. The copy and paste commands are shut off while tests are in session. You cannot open new tabs in the Respondus browser.

The academic service will prohibit testers from using the internet for alternative purposes, aside from the test. Respondus stays current with trends to make sure that remote devices, screen sharing, and virtual machines are inaccessible. You cannot use applications while Respondus LockDown Browser is running. Emails and instant messaging systems are blocked. Your printer will be inaccessible during the exams.

The LockDown Browser will not let you do screen capture. A test that is programmed to run with Respondus LockDown will not run in another browser. The Respondus package is compatible with learning management systems. Blackboard Learn and Canvas are popular e-learning programs that work with the LockDown Browser. You can log in to begin proctored exams once Respondus is integrated into your LMS.

Does Respondus LockDown Browser record you?

Respondus Monitor syncs with your webcam. The software will record students that are required to use a webcam during the exams. The recording will be available for the teacher to review after the assessment sessions. You will need to go through a series of steps to set up your camera. The setup process will require you to take pictures and recordings.

How does Respondus LockDown Browser detect cheating?

You will need to present your ID and your microphone will be used during the online testing period. You may need to show a 360-degree view of your immediate environment. Artificial intelligence will score the videos based on a visual rating. Your movements will determine the rating. Your video recording will be rated as either high, medium, or low integrity.

While the videos are taken to prevent cheating, the invasive nature causes concerns for security. Artificial intelligence can mistake innocent movements for dishonest actions. Students are encouraged not to look around nor down. An element of trust is needed for students to willingly show their personal setting to a technology company and educators.

The privacy policy does state that certain information is shared with partners. Respondus LockDown Browser is available on Mac and Microsoft Windows PC devices. You can install the package on Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10 operating systems. You can view updates to the software and privacy policy on the official website.

Can you cheat with Respondus LockDown Browser?

Respondus LockDown Browser is a technology that is ultimately not as creative as a human being. Unfortunately, the app isn't cheat-proof as there is software available that lets students cheat while using the LockDown Browser. There are even online tutorials available that teach you how to cheat on Respondus LockDown Browser.

Our take

Respondus LockDown Browser is a virtual surveillance solution. The system is used for both remote and campus testing. The LockDown Browser delivers the same functionality for home and campus test sessions. A common issue with the software is that the Respondus Monitor will incorrectly flag student behavior as suspicious.

Should you download it?

No. The Respondus Monitor is considered to be an extreme component of the LockDown Browser package since the tech company can watch the test takers and their environments. Additionally, the privacy policy claims that information is shared with third parties.


  • Prohibits apps
  • Cross platform
  • Locks the browser


  • Untrustworthy AI
  • Unclear privacy policy
  • Students can get past restrictions

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