Respondus LockDown Browser and Monitor

About Respondus Lockdown Browser and Respondus Monitor

LockDown Browser® is a custom browser that locks down the testing environment within a learning management system. Used at over 1500 higher educational institutions, LockDown Browser is the “gold standard” for securing online exams in classrooms or proctored environments.

Respondus Monitor® builds upon the power of LockDown Browser, using a student’s webcam and industry-leading video analytics to prevent cheating during non-proctored exams. You won’t find a more cost-effective, student-friendly system for online proctoring.



Please (pretty please!) direct your faculty to the daily training webinars for LockDown Browser and Respondus Monitor: The trainings are about 45 minutes, with an extended Q/A period where questions are answered live. The trainings are an amazingly effective way at getting instructors quickly up-and-running with these applications.


Respondus is getting questions about the scalability of Respondus Monitor for situations where thousands of students start an exam simultaneously. The quick answer is that the autoscaling has worked smoothly so far, even in situations where thousands of students at a university began an exam at the same time. However, they are planning for exceptionally high volume scenarios (eg. final exams) where thousands of students across hundreds of universities might start an exam proctoring session during the same minute. If their autoscaling isn’t fast enough (it takes about 2 minutes to launch new servers), students will enter a queuing system with a countdown clock showing when the proctoring session will begin. In the rare event that the queuing system is triggered, the countdown clock isn’t expected to last more than one minute.