Online Learning

ProctorU Launches Multifactor Online Student Verification

Higher education institutions have a new tool to verify online student identities in a variety of settings, from attendance tracking and online testing to managing financial aid disbursements. Launched today, ProctorU's Ucard online student authentication service provides a multifactor process to combat online identity fraud.

The process begins with a live proctor, who views the student via webcam and checks his or her government-issued ID. Ucard then validates the student's identity through a series of questions based on public data records. In addition, ProctorU's keystroke analysis software creates a profile of the user for another layer of authentication.

ProctorU recently signed the Student Privacy Pledge, an initiative introduced by the Future of Privacy Forum and the Software & Information Industry Association that safeguards student privacy regarding the collection, maintenance and use of student personal information. "We signed this pledge because student privacy is a priority. In order to make certain that student information is protected, proper training is ensured in the usage of data gathered during the proctoring or identity verification process," said Don Kassner, president of ProctorU, in a press release.

For more information, visit the ProctorU site.

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About the author: Rhea Kelly is executive editor for Campus Technology. She can be reached at rkelly@1105media.com.

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