Secure Browsers 2016-17

Supported Operating Systems

Updated July 25, 2016

The following table lists which operating systems are supported and which secure browser to install.

Operating System Supported Devices Secure Browser Related Requirements**
Desktop
Windows
Vista, 7, 8.0 (Professional), 8.1, 10 (Educational and Professional), Server 2008, 2012 (thin client)
Desktops/Laptops Windows Secure Browser Disable fast user switching.
Server 2008, and 2012 are supported when using a thin client.
Mac OS X (Intel)
10.7–10.12
Desktops/Laptops Mac Secure Browser Depending on your version of OS X, disable the following features:

  • Exposé or Spaces
  • Application Launches from Function Keys
  • Updates to Third-Party Apps
  • Updates to iTunes
  • Look-Up Gesture
  • Display of Notification Center
Linux
Fedora 23, 24
openSUSE 13.1, 13.2
Red Hat Enterprise 6.5
Ubuntu (LTS) 12.04, 14.04, 16.04
Desktops/Laptops Linux Secure Browser Depending on your distribution, install the following:

  • SoX
  • Verdana True Type font
Mobile
iOS (iPads)
8.0–8.2
9.x, 10.2
iPad 2
iPad 3
4th Generation (Retina Display)
iPad Air
iPad Air 2
AIRSecureTest Mobile Secure Browser Use Guided Access, Autonomous Single App Mode, or Automatic Assessment Configuration.
Android
4.4, 5.0, 5.1, 6.0
Google Nexus 10
Motorola Xoom
Samsung Galaxy Note (2014 edition)
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 and 4
LearnPad Quarto
AIRSecureTest Mobile Secure Browser Enable the secure browser keyboard.
Chrome OS
50+*
Chromebooks AIRSecureTest kiosk application Chromebooks must be in kiosk mode.
Windows
8.0, 8.1, 10 (Educational and Professional)
AIR supports any tablet running Windows 8.0, 8.1 Pro, and 10, but has done extensive testing only on Surface Pro, Surface Pro 3, Asus Transformer, and Dell Venue. Windows Secure Browser Disable fast user switching.

*Support for this version depends on its availability at the start of the school year.
**For information about implementing the related requirements, refer to the Technical Specifications Manual for Online Testing and the Secure Browser Installation Manual.

Download Secure Browsers

To download the secure browser for your operating system, select the corresponding tab.

Technical Resources


About Supported Operating Systems

The operating system versions listed in the above table are the only ones officially supported.

Warning: Support for New Desktop Operating Systems

Desktop operating systems, in particular new versions of those operating systems, not in the above table are not supported. Do not upgrade to new operating systems on computers used to administer online assessments.

Warning: Support for Updated Mobile Operating Systems

Turn off or delay automatic updates of operating systems for mobile devices. AIR reviews these updates to verify they do not pose a risk to student testing, and will post announcements on this portal accordingly.

Installing Secure Browser for Windows

The following procedure works for all supported versions of Windows.

  1. If you installed a previous version of the secure browser in a location other than C:\Program Files (x86)\, manually uninstall the secure browser. (If you installed in C:\Program Files (x86)\, the installation package automatically removes it.)
  2. Click the Download Browser link above. A dialog window opens.
  3. Do one of the following (this step may vary depending on the browser you are using):
    • If presented with a choice to Run or Save the file, click Run. This opens the Secure Browser Setup wizard.
    • If presented only with the option to Save, save the file to a convenient location. After saving the file, double-click the installation file DeSSASecureBrowser-Win.msi to open the setup wizard.
  4. Follow the instructions in the setup wizard. When prompted for setup type, click Install.
  5. Click Finish to exit the setup wizard. The following items are installed:
    • The secure browser to the default location C:\Program Files (x86)\DeSSASecureBrowser (64 bit)  or C:\Program Files (x86)\DeSSASecureBrowser (32 bit).
    • A shortcut DeSSASecureBrowser to the desktop.
  6. Ensure all background jobs, such as virus scans or software updates, are scheduled outside of test windows. For example, if your testing takes place between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., schedule background jobs outside of these hours.
  7. Optional: Apply proxy settings by doing the following:
    1. Right-click the shortcut DeSSASecureBrowser on the desktop, and select Properties.
    2. Under the Shortcut tab, in the Target field, modify the command to specify the proxy.
    3. Click OK to close the Properties dialog box.

    For more information about proxy settings, see the Secure Browser Installation Manual.

  8. Run the browser by double-clicking the DeSSASecureBrowser shortcut on the desktop. The secure browser opens displaying the student login screen. The browser fills the entire screen and hides the task bar.
  9. To exit the browser, click in the upper-right corner of the screen.

Download the Mac OS 10.7–10.12 Secure Browser:

Installing Secure Browser for Mac OS X 10.7–10.12

This procedure applies to installing Secure Browser on desktop computers running Mac OS X 10.7–10.12. The steps in this procedure may vary depending on your version of Mac OS X and your web browser.

  1. Remove any previous versions of the secure browser by dragging its folder to the Trash.
  2. Click the Download Browser link above. A dialog window opens. If prompted for a download location, select the desktop.
  3. Open Downloads from the Dock, and click DeSSASecureBrowser-OSX.dmg to display its contents.
  4. Drag the DeSSASecureBrowser icon to the desktop. This installs the secure browser into Applications.
  5. Ensure all background jobs, such as virus scans or software updates, are scheduled outside of test windows. For example, if your testing takes place between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., schedule background jobs outside of these hours.
  6. For Mac OS 10.7 through 10.12, disable Mission Control/Spaces. Instructions for disabling Spaces are in the Technical Specifications Manual for Online Testing, available from the DeSSA Portal at http://de.portal.airast.org.
  7. In Finder, navigate to Go > Applications, and Double-click the DeSSASecureBrowser icon on the desktop to launch the secure browser. (You must launch the secure browser to complete the installation.) The secure browser opens displaying the student login screen. The browser fills the entire screen and hides the dock.
  8. To exit the browser, click Close Secure Browser in the upper-right corner of the screen.
  9. Create a desktop shortcut; from the Applications folder, drag DeSSASecureBrowser to the desktop.

Download the Linux (32-bit) Secure Browser:

Installing Secure Browser for Linux (32-bit)

The instructions in this section are for installing the Linux secure browser. These instructions may vary for your individual Linux distribution.

  1. Uninstall any previous versions of the secure browser by deleting the directory containing it.
  2. Obtain the root or super-user password for the computer on which you are installing the secure browser.
  3. Click the Download Browser link above. A dialog window opens. If prompted for a download location, select the desktop.
  4. Right-click the downloaded file DESecureBrowserX.X-YYYY-MM-DD-i686.tar.bz2 (32-bit) and select Extract Here to expand the file. This creates the DESecureBrowser folder on the desktop.
  5. In a file manager, open the DESecureBrowser.
  6. For Ubuntu, disable automatic running of scripts by doing the following (otherwise skip to step 7).
    1. From the menu bar, select Edit > Preferences. On the Behavior tab, mark the Ask each time radio button.
    2. Click Close.
  7. Change the installation script to executable by doing the following:
    1. On the Permissions tab, mark the Allow executing file as a program checkbox.
    2. Right-click the file install-icon.sh, and select Properties.
    3. Click Close.
  8. Double-click the file install-icon.sh. In the next dialog box, click Run in Terminal. The installation script prompts you for the root or super-user password you obtained in step 2.
  9. Enter the password. The script installs all dependent libraries and supported voice packs, and creates a DESecureBrowser icon on the desktop.
  10. Ensure all backgrounds jobs, such as virus scans or software updates, are scheduled outside of test windows. For example,  if your testing takes place between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., schedule background jobs outside of these hours.
  11. Optional: Disable auto-update by following the procedure found in the Disable Auto-Update section of the Secure Browser Installation Manual for Technology Coordinators, 2016-2017.
  12. If text-to-speech testing is performed on this computer, reboot it.
  13. From the desktop, double-click the DESecureBrowser icon to launch the browser. The student login screen appears. The browser fills the entire screen and hides any panels or launchers.
  14. To exit the browser, click CLOSE SECURE BROWSER in the upper-right corner of the screen.
  15. If you have any difficulties with installing the Secure Browser, please refer to the Linux Secure Browser Installation note.

Download the Linux (64 bit) Secure Browser:

Installing Secure Browser for Linux (64-bit)

The instructions in this section are for installing the Linux secure browser. These instructions may vary for your individual Linux distribution.

  1. Uninstall any previous versions of the secure browser by deleting the directory containing it.
  2. Obtain the root or super-user password for the computer on which you are installing the secure browser.
  3. Click the Download Browser link above. A dialog window opens. If prompted for a download location, select the desktop.
  4. Right-click the downloaded file DeSSASecureBrowserX.X-YYYY-MM-DD-i686.tar.bz2 (32-bit) or DeSSASecureBrowserX.X-YYYY-MM-DD-x86_64.tar.bz2 (64-bit), and select Extract Here to expand the file. This creates the DeSSASecureBrowser folder on the desktop.
  5. In a file manager, open the DeSSASecureBrowser.
  6. For Ubuntu, disable automatic running of scripts by doing the following (otherwise skip to step 7).
    1. From the menu bar, select Edit > Preferences. On the Behavior tab, mark the Ask each time radio button.
    2. Click Close.
  7. Change the installation script to executable by doing the following:
    1. Right-click the file install-icon.sh, and select Properties.
    2. On the Permissions tab, mark the Allow executing file as a program checkbox.
    3. Click Close.
  8. Double-click the file install-icon.sh. In the next dialog box, click Run in Terminal. The installation script prompts you for the root or super-user password you obtained in step 2.
  9. Enter the password. The script installs all dependent libraries and supported voice packs, and creates a DeSSASecureBrowser icon on the desktop.
  10. Ensure all backgrounds jobs, such as virus scans or software updates, are scheduled outside of test windows. For example, if your testing takes place between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., schedule background jobs outside of these hours.
  11. Optional: Disable auto-update by following the procedure found in the Disable Auto-Update section of the Secure Browser Installation Manual for Technology Coordinators, 2016-2017.
  12. If text-to-speech testing is performed on this computer, reboot it.
  13. From the desktop, double-click the DeSSASecureBrowser icon to launch the browser. The student login screen appears. The browser fills the entire screen and hides any panels or launchers.
  14. To exit the browser, click CLOSE SECURE BROWSER in the upper-right corner of the screen.
  15. If you have any difficulties with installing the Secure Browser, please refer to the Linux Secure Browser Installation note.

Download the iOS Secure Browser:

Installing the AIRSecureTest App for iOS

The AIRSecureTest mobile secure browser for iPads is available from the App Store. The process for installing the secure browser is the same as for any other application.

  1. On your iPad, tap the download button above. The AIRSecureTest application download page appears.
  2. Tap Free. The button changes to Install App.
  3. Tap Install App.
  4. Enter your Apple ID password.The AIRSecureTest mobile secure browser app downloads and installs onto your iPad. Look for the AIRSecureTest icon.
  5. Enable Guided Access. For information about enabling this feature, see the TA User Guide.

Download the Android Secure Browser:

Installing the AIRSecureTest App for Android

The AIRSecureTest mobile secure browser is available from the Google Play store. The process for installing the secure browser is the same as for any other application.

  1. On your Android, tap the download link above. The AIRSecureTest application download page appears.
  2. Tap Install.The AIRSecureTest mobile secure browser downloads and installs onto your Android tablet. Look for the AIRSecureTest icon.
  3. Enable the Secure Browser Keyboard. (This keyboard lacks predictive text, a feature which may provide hints to test answers.) For more information about the Secure Browser Keyboard, refer to the Technical Specifications Manual for Online Testing.

These instructions are for installing the secure browser on standalone Chromebook devices.

  1. From your network administrator, obtain the following:
    • The wireless network to which the Chromebook connects. This typically includes the network’s SSID, password, and other access credentials.
    • An email and password for logging in to Gmail.
  2. Power off, then power on your Chromebook.
  3. If the OS verification is Off message appears, do the following (otherwise skip to step 4):
    1. Press the spacebar. In the confirmation screen, press Enter. The Chromebook reboots.
    2. In the Welcome screen, select your language and keyboard. Enter the network name and password you obtained in step 1. Tap Connect, then tap Continue.
    3. In the Google Chrome OS Terms screen, tap Accept and continue.
  4. When the Sign in screen appears, wipe the Chromebook by doing the following:
    1. Press Esc + Refresh + Power. The screen displays a yellow exclamation point (!).
    2. Press Ctrl + D to begin developer mode, then press Enter. The screen displays a red exclamation point.
    3. Press Ctrl + D. The Chromebook indicates it is transitioning to developer mode. The transition takes approximately 10 minutes, after which the Chromebook reboots.
    4. After the Chromebook reboots, the OS verification is Off message appears. Press the spacebar, then press Enter. The Chromebook reboots, and the Welcome screen appears.
  5. In the Welcome screen, select your language and keyboard. Enter the network name and password you obtained in step 1. Tap Connect, then tap Continue.
  6. In the Google Chrome OS Terms screen, tap Accept and continue. The Sign in screen appears.
  7. In the Sign In screen, press Ctrl + Alt + K. The Automatic Kiosk Mode screen appears with a yellow exclamation mark.
  8. Tap Enable, then tap OK. The Sign in screen appears.
  9. In the Sign in screen, enter your email and password, then tap Sign in.
  10. Set your Chromebook preferences as desired.
  11. When you get to the desktop, tap the Chrome icon to open Chrome.
  12. In the URL bar, enter chrome://extensions. The Extensions screen appears.
  13. Mark the checkbox for Developer Mode.
  14. Tap Manage kiosk applications located at the top of the screen. The Manage Kiosk Applications screen appears.
  15. Do the following in the Manage Kiosk Applications screen:
    1. Enter the following into the Add kiosk application field: hblfbmjdaalalhifaajnnodlkiloengc.
    2. Tap Add. The AIRSecureTest application appears in the Manage Kiosk Applications list.
    3. If you want to run the secure browser as a dedicated kiosk application, do the following:
      1. Point the mouse over AirSecureTest, and click Set to auto-launch.
      2. Mark the Permanently keep this device in kiosk mode checkbox.
      3. Tap Yes to confirm.
    4. Tap Done. You return to the Extensions screen.
  16. Tap your icon in the lower-right corner and select Sign Out.
  17. Back at the desktop, tap Apps at the bottom of the screen, then tap AIRSecureTest. The secure browser launches.

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