Proctor U Question - Any Feedback?

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  1. fritzy202

    fritzy202 New Member

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    Ok, so for the first time in 3 years of taking online classes I was just informed that I will need to have my mid-term and final proctored through Proctor U. But this is just for one class as my other classes don't require it. I wasn't informed of this prior to registering for the class. I don't have a webcam and now I find out I have to give Proctor U access to my computer. I don't like that idea at all! I do all my financial transactions and work business on my computer and I have multiple firewalls, intrusion protections software and hardware to protect my computer from outside access, why would I want to allow people I don't know to have access and control of my computer? Why do they need access and control of my computer? I can consent to buying a webcam and allowing them to watch me, but accessing control of my computer is not something I'm willing to do. With all the identity theft and hacking issues i can't believe they would ask students to do this.

    Has anyone had any experience with Proctor U? Does anyone know if they will just do the video portion without accessing my computer? If I do the webcam portion can I get rid of the box showing my picture and their proctor looking at me? I have no desire to take an exam with someone watching me in the corner of my screen that would be very distracting to say the least. I have emailed the instructor to see if I have any other options such as a local proctor, but in the meantime I thought I would see if anyone here has any advice.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Ian Anderson

    Ian Anderson Active Member

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    If you use Windows you could create a new user account. I don't know for sure but maybe that would protect your computer. I have a user account for guests to protect my personal and business info.

    Another thought is to use a computer at an internet cafe.
     
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    If you that worried then don't take the course. What else can you do?

    I've used them at least 30 times never one issue other then not checking id's etc.
     
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    I have taken online exams with Proctor U. It was fine. Andrew Jackson University actually provided me with the web cam. Nobody stole my personal info or financial information off my computer. The program is only active while you are logged in to it. I would liken it to using something like Skype. I agree; if you're really freaked out about it take a different course.
     

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