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Technical Requirements

Respondus LockDown Browser

Respondus LockDown is a secure browser for taking tests in Canvas.

It prevents you from printing, copying, going to another URL, or accessing other applications during a test. If a Canvas test requires that Respondus LockDown Browser be used, you will not be able to take the test with a standard web browser. Respondus LockDown Browser should only be used for taking Canvas tests. It should not be used in other areas of Canvas.

Students must download LockDown Browser onto any computer where you will be taking an exam. Please follow the links provided below to download and configure the LockDown Browser. 

Practice Testing for Respondus LockDown Browser & Monitor

Use Coastal Alabama's eLearning Survival Guide Canvas course to try out your computer with Respondus LockDown Browser & Monitor. Scroll down the page and select the "Assignments, Discussions, and Quizzes" button to access the Respondus LockDown Browser & Monitor Student Guide, Video, Software Download, and Practice Test. This will allow you to be ready for any Respondus proctored test that you might need to take in the future. 

Respondus LockDown Browser Resources

Troubleshooting technology issues is such a wide topic, it's almost impossible to imagine any kind of "one-stop-shopping" resource. But here are a few helpful resources you might keep in your back pocket:

Minimum Computer Specifications

Operating System Options

  • Windows 7 or higher
  • MacOS 10.12 or higher

Web Browser Options

  • Chrome 81 and 83
  • Firefox 76 and 77 (Extended Releases are not supported)
  • Edge 81 and 83
  • Safari 12 and 13 (Macintosh only)

You should always use the most current version of your preferred browser. Your browser will notify you if there is a new version available.

Students will need the following devices for their computers:

  • Speakers (internal or external)
  • Microphone (internal or external)
  • Web Camera (internal or external)

For best performance, it is recommended to use a computer that is five years old or newer with at least 1GB of RAM. Internet service is recommended at 6 mbps (download speed) or higher.

Basic Skills

  • Turn on and shut down a computer
  • Install and uninstall software
  • Copy a file from your computer to a USB drive or external device
  • Save files to your computer, a USB drive or an external device• Find, copy, move, rename, and delete files
  • Perform routine maintenance on your computer such as updating anti-virus software
  • Log in to a system using a username and password

Word Processing

  • Create, save, and open documents in a word processing software program
  • Cut, copy, and paste text
  • Change paragraph formatting, indentation, and alignment
  • Change margins and tabs
  • Create a bulleted and numbered list
  • Insert a header and footer into a document


  • Understand proper online etiquette while chatting
  • Participate in online discussions and forums

Web Browsing

  • Open a web address
  • Use a search engine (examples: Google, Yahoo, etc.)
  • Identify sites with relevant information and bookmark those sites
  • Maintain recent versions of a web browser by downloading latest version (updates) from the Internet
  • Ability to update Java applets


  • Create a new message
  • Attach files to a message
  • Send a message to multiple addresses simultaneously
  • Reply to and forward messages
  • Save messages into folders




If you are not proficient with these terms or skills, you should expect extreme challenges using the technology required in an Inter-net course. It is strongly recommended that you become proficient with these skills before taking an Internet course. Instructors are not required to explain minimum skills.