Enhancing Assessment Integrity

Safe Exam Browser

In an era where online training and education has become the new normal, ensuring the integrity of online quizzes and exams has never been more important. Training providers and educators are constantly looking for more effective ways to prevent cheating and ensure the security and integrity of their online assessments.

Safe Exam Browser (SEB) is a robust and secure solution that addresses these concerns. This article explores the features and benefits of SEB, an open-source tool that has become a cornerstone in securing online assessments for many Shift iQ customers.

What is Safe Exam Browser?

Safe Exam Browser, commonly referred to as SEB, is a specialized web browser designed to maintain the integrity of online exams. It restricts the capabilities of the user's device, allowing them to access only pre-authorized websites and applications, effectively preventing cheating and ensuring the security of online exams.

Key Features of Safe Exam Browser

  1. Secure and Customizable Configuration: SEB can be easily configured to meet the specific needs of training providers and educational institutions. It allows administrators to customize settings, such as the list of websites and applications accessible to learners during an exam session. This adaptability makes it an ideal solution for a wide range of assessment scenarios.

  2. Lockdown Mode: SEB enforces a lockdown mode, where the exam-taker can only access the exam and its associated resources. This prevents learners from browsing the internet, using external applications, or copying/pasting content, thereby minimizing opportunities for cheating.

  3. Multi-Platform Compatibility: Safe Exam Browser is compatible with various operating systems, including Windows, macOS, and Linux. This multi-platform support allows organizations to utilize SEB regardless of their technical infrastructure.

  4. Integration with Learning Management Systems (LMS): SEB can be seamlessly integrated with popular Learning Management Systems, such as Shift iQ, Moodle, Canvas, and Blackboard. This simplifies exam administration and allows training providers and educators to control and monitor exams from a central platform.

  5. Enhanced Security: SEB offers robust security features to protect exams from unauthorized access. These include password protection, encryption, and network lockdown, making it exceptionally difficult for learners to cheat or manipulate the exam environment.

Benefits of Safe Exam Browser

  1. Maintains Assessment Security and Integrity: SEB is a powerful tool for maintaining the security of online assessments by limiting learners' access to external resources during an exam session.

  2. User-Friendly Experience: While SEB enforces strict security measures, it does so without creating a cumbersome experience for learners. The user interface is intuitive and simple, ensuring learners can focus on their assessments without feeling overwhelmed.

  3. Customizable for Varied Assessments: SEB's flexibility allows training providers and educators to adapt it to different assessment types. Whether it's a multiple-choice test or a complex essay, SEB can be tailored to suit the specific requirements of an exam.

  4. Cross-Platform Compatibility: The ability to run on multiple operating systems makes SEB accessible to a broader range of educational institutions. It does not exclude schools based on their existing technology infrastructure.

  5. Easy Integration: SEB seamlessly integrates with popular Learning Management Systems, streamlining the exam administration process and making it easier for educators to manage and monitor assessments.

  6. Learner Privacy and Security: SEB protects learners' privacy by ensuring their devices are not compromised during exams. It does not access personal information or interfere with the functionality of the device outside the exam environment.

  7. Open Source and Cost-Efficient: One of the most significant advantages of SEB is that it is open source and freely available, making it a cost-effective solution for educational institutions with limited budgets.


Safe Exam Browser is a vital tool for training providers and educational institutions seeking to maintain academic integrity for online assessments. Its customizable features, cross-platform compatibility, and seamless integration with Learning Management Systems make it a great solution for securing your online exams.

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Last updated October 18, 2023
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Daniel Miller


Daniel is co-founder and Chief Technology Officer at InSite, responsible for the design, development, and operation of the Shift iQ platform.

His technical skills in the architecture and implementation of high-performance, high-fidelity enterprise software are complemented by his strong leadership of a diverse team of DevOps experts.

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