The Real Dirt on BrainDumps and the CCNA

By SemSim CCNA Learning CenterWhat are braindumps?Braindumps are questions and answers taken from exams or other tests that have been copyrighted for purposes of protecting Confidential or Trade Secret Information and distributed for...

The protection of our certifications by US Copyright Laws

As I was forumlating a response to this comment, I decided it would probably be best as a blog of its own. Since the topic of Copyrights is frequently misunderstood, and because the author of the comment linked above is apparently...

Top 20 Most Braindumped Certification Vendors of 2008

Well, it’s that time of year. In our first blog post about the “Top 20 Most Braindumped Certification Vendors” we promised that we would keep you abreast of the progress each vendor is making. Unfortunately, the numbers being...

CertGuard Official Braindump Quiz

We at CertGuard are always looking for ways to expand education on the Internet when it comes to preventing braindumps.  Today, we are pleased to announce the CertGuard Official Braindump Quiz.This quiz was designed by the team at...

Forensics and Cheating

Here are some variations of a phrase I recently heard:"Forensics aren't only used to prove that someone is guilty of cheating, they are also used to prove that a person is innocent.""Forensics are used to prove guilt, but they are...

Forensic Analysis, it's not just for catching killers anymore!

This post goes out to all the people who are incessant about cheating because they feel deep down in their hearts that they will never be caught. If you are one of those people, you may want to grab a smoke and a coke, then come...

3 safe resources to help you prepare for your MCTS/MCITP certification exams.

 Regardless of the certification, your best bet is to visit the certification vendor first. They will almost always have the resources you need to at least get started on your certification. In this case, the first resource I suggest...

Certification Integrity: Could it REALLY be this simple?

I was forwarded an email this morning which shows how an ounce of research will turn into a pound of prevention. For those of you that haven't taken the time to verify for your self that TESTKING IS ILLEGAL. Take a brief moment,...

Braindumps vs. Study Guides: Where do cracked Practice Exams fit into the mix?

We're all well aware there are cracked versions of just about any software you can think of somewhere on the internet. Most of the torrent or filesharing sites rank among some of the most visited sites I've seen. Being in the line of...

Certification Integrity: Should this CCIE have his certs stripped for cheating?

Network World and the authors have decided to remove this blog post and the discussion that followed. While the original post was intended to highlight how the issue of braindumps is a pervasive one, we regret having singled out...

Braindumps vs. Study Guides: Visual CertExam Manager

What is Visual CertExam?The Visual Cert Exam Suite consists of two programs; a Manager and a Designer. According to VisualCertExam.com, the designer was developed "for authors involved in practice exam development" and the manager...

Certification Integrity: When should you be worried about losing your certifications?

 I was recently approached by a couple of individuals that were genuinely concerned about being decertified because they had purchased a braindump and used it to study with. As I'm sure they're not the only two people that have...

Certification Vendors: Are they handling cheaters properly?

I've seen numerous conversations that address the cheating problem and what certification programs are doing to combat the issues. What I'd like to bring to this venue is the idea behind what they are trying to accomplish, how they...

Securing Test Centers: Test Center & Exam Security Measures

With all the recent security measures being put in place by Cisco to help increase the value of your certifications, it's got to be taking some toll on you. If you're not sure what I'm talking about, then either you haven't taken a...

Braindumps vs. Study Guides: Who keeps the checkers in check?

For years, CertGuard has been "checking" the certification industry, but who's checking CertGuard? This, along with questions such as "How does CertGuard determine which websites are providing braindumps and which are actually...

Braindumps vs. Study Guides: How do you know which is which?

For those of you looking to increase your worth by way of certification, it may be a difficult road to travel if you don't know someone that has already been down it (or at least done some research on the subject). I've spent, and...

Certification Integrity: Getting back on track

My apologies for the intermittent posting frequency. Not to make excuses, but developing technologies that can do exactly what we need to do is a full time job in itself; and my time management skills haven't been up to par lately....

New security initiatives being taken by Cisco and VUE

In an article recently published by Rick Gregory, Cisco and Pearson VUE announced a strengthening of their partnership that will be taking the certification industry by the ears. After identifying and profiling the three categories...

Securing Test Centers. What can be done?

In the past 12-18 months, certification vendors have begun to implement security measures in their testing environments. These measures are in place to prevent proxy test takers and other individuals from taking advantage of the...

Stopping the Inadvertent Cheater

In the certification industry there are exam candidates that know they're cheating and exam candidates that DON'T know they're cheating. Both types of cheaters are equally damaging to the industry, but one type of cheater, the...

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