MUMBAI: University of Mumbai is yet to issue an advisory to students who changed privacy settings and installed an unsecured exam software which is now defunct but still sitting on their phones.
The exam application, developed by Littlemore Innovation Labs and used by the Institute of Open and Distance Learning, was not listed on any playstore. It was sent in emails to close to 40,000 exam takers. Following the recent fiasco in conducting online exams, the university is currently hunting for a new technological partner. Meanwhile, students are in a limbo, holding on to the software.
In a note to students, the company had warned students, “Your device and personal data are more vulnerable to threats such as Ransomware from apps downloaded from unknown sources. Please reverse the settings to original after exam app is installed.” The company’s mail to students says the application was sent as dot apk files.
A source at IDOL said candidates were calling the helpline to enquire about the new software but there was no clarity on what needed to be done. Santosh Gangurde, MNVS state vice-president, said “The university should have ensured that students’ digital safety is secured.”
Ashish Zanwar, technical lead of Graylab Technologies, said students could uninstall the application and delete it along with the application folder from their phone. Varsity authorities said they would convey to students that the application in question could be deleted from their phones.