Privacy and Online Exams

Drake Privacy & Data - Drake Middle School


Privacy is an important part of all of our lives, but some make an effort to protect it more than others. I can definitely say that I’m one of those people. Privacy to me started meaning much more as social media and the internet became more prominent in our society. We’ve all heard stories of people’s online accounts being hacked into and their personal information being leaked. In the majority of these cases, those people could have done something to prevent such a horrible thing from happening. Changing your password for your online accounts frequently, creating strong and unique passwords, considering using a VPN, and only putting information about yourself online that your fine with everyone seeing are a few of the steps one can take to securing their privacy online. Also, making sure that the website you are entering your information in, like your email, name, and phone number, is a credible and trusted site is beyond important. Here are a few tips one can take to ensure the website they’re visiting is a credible one:

1. If a website begins with https, it is most likely a secure site. https sites use ssl, which basically means that your connection to the site is encrypted.

2. Check if there is a lock icon on the left most side of the address bar. If there is, you will be able to find a valid certificate for the website proving its authenticity.

3. Look for a privacy statement at the bottom of the website.

Online Exams

Online exams have become the new norm ever since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic. With online exams comes online proctoring by the teacher or a substitute. Most often the setup will be on a video communication service, most commonly zoom, where there is a host, the teacher, monitoring the exam. The teacher will likely require that all students have their cameras turned on at all times during the entire duration of the exam to ensure that the students don’t engage in cheating. Some schools even use what is known as a browser lock, where the student cannot open up any new tabs or windows on their computer. I have taken plenty of online exams over the past 2 years, however, most of them are take home exams where we complete them at our own pace. I’ve only taken one exam where I had to be present in a zoom class at a set time and had my camera turned on the entire time. For me personally, I didn’t have much issue with it overall because I’m not a very self-conscious person and at that point in the semester, I had adapted to the whole online learning concept.

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