Locking Down the Browser

By Deane Barker on November 1, 2008

Respondus LockDown Browser: This is apparently how they do e-learning testing and assessment via Web-based curriculum. Tools like this essentially make the machine a kiosk while the student is taking a test.

When students use Respondus LockDown Browser they are unable to print, copy, go to another URL, or access other applications. When an assessment is started, students are locked into it until they submit it for grading.

Here’s another one that is literally a kiosk system — the browser runs full-screen with no option to close.



  1. A friend writes about the “full screen with no option to close” description:

    By design, you can’t disable Windows’ controlling of Ctrl+Alt+Del. If something else responds to it, the shell does too. As long as you can get to Task Manager (I suppose you could overwrite the binary with something that simply exits upon start…), you can close it.

  2. It’s easy enough to disable the task manager from the registry, I’ve come across several viruses that do so, I suppose you would also be able to disable most of the other options that come up when you use Ctrl+Alt+Del, with only a little tweeking

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