Written By: Christie Zervos, Director of Operations, Caveon Test Security
Cheaters never win and winners never cheat. This is an old saying that may sound confusing because cheaters may win in the moment. However, in the long run, they may feel embarrassed, guilty, feel they have let themselves or others down; and, worse, they have not learned what is necessary by doing the work it takes to learn a process, a historical fact or a method of progress they can use the rest of their lives.
In our world of increasing technology and mobility, we are able to access information wherever we may be or whenever we need it. Because we have this ability, we can, if we want, take it a step further by cheating to access the information or stealing the information and then profiting from it by selling this ill-gotten information to others so they benefit as well. But only in the moment!
One of the definitions in Webster’s on-line dictionary indicates that piracy is “the unauthorized use of another’s production, invention, or conception, especially in infringement of a copyright.” The pirate’s sole purpose is to illegally copy these products for financial gain. This piracy happens in the movie/music industry, book publishing, manufacturing, schools licensing exams, to name just a few. Intellectual property, such as test questions are stolen and sold on the black market. Students buy the questions in order to pass an exam and/or complete a class without doing the necessary work. In addition, they may sell it for personal gain.
In one instance, a student had a pen with a camera. As he was completing an exam, he took pictures of the test questions with his camera pen. He was then able to take the questions home, typed them into his computer and sold them to other potential candidates who were scheduled for that particular exam. By doing this, a specific license or exam is compromised. Companies who have worked hard to establish a reputation of integrity and honesty are then questioned. When a person or company becomes compromised, it impacts their ability to sell their products or services to the public.
As you can see, cheaters may win in the moment but what have they lost, or negatively impacted in the long run? Their personal integrity, their reputation, they may lose their jobs, be expelled from school or cause serious monetary or personal harm in their chosen profession. Cheaters ultimately lose.
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