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Secure Browser Installation

For 2013–2014, the correct secure browser must be installed on each computer that will be used for online testing. After August 31, 2013, previous versions used for the 2012–2013 school year will not work.

Secure browsers are available for the following operating systems:

  • Windows 2000, XP, Vista, 7, 8.0
  • Mac OS 10.4 (with PowerPC or Intel) and 10.5 (with PowerPC processors)
  • Mac OS 10.5–10.9 (with Intel processors)
  • Linux Fedora Core 6 (K12LTSP 4.2+ and Ubuntu 9–12)

 

You can install the secure browser on each individual computer, either one-by-one or through a network. Detailed instructions for the various installation options are available in the Technical Specifications Manual. The manual also contains important information about configuring Text-to-Speech, network requirements and wireless networking.

To view system requirements, including operating systems and supported web browsers for each of AIR’s online testing systems, refer to the System Requirements document.

Installing the Secure Browser on each Individual Computer

From each computer to be used for testing, access the Internet, and

  • download and install the browser OR
  • download and save the browser onto a media device (such as a flash drive) and then copy and install the files onto each computer OR
  • download and save the browser to a network folder and then copy it onto each computer.

For any of the above options, go to the Download Secure Browsers section below, and download and install the appropriate browser to your desired location (an individual computer, a media device, or a network folder).

Reminder for Linux users: In addition to downloading the Linux secure browser, you will also need to download and install two software programs: Festival and Sound eXchange (SoX). These programs will ensure that students who require the Text-to-Speech feature can hear the audio in the online tests. If you have already downloaded and installed these programs, you do not need to do so again. Additional information is available in the Technical Specifications Manual for Online Testing.

 


Download Secure Browsers

You must install the correct version of the secure browser on each computer that will be used for online testing. We strongly recommend that you install the secure browser on each individual computer. For assistance with installation through a network or configuring proxy servers, refer to the Technical Specifications Manual.

Note to Technology Coordinators: The secure browsers available here are the final versions and must be used for 2013–2014 testing.

If you need assistance, please contact the Help Desk at 1-877-215-8749 and press 1 or e-mail MNHelpDesk@air.org.

Notes:

  • Windows Secure Browser 6.2 has been updated. It now uninstalls Secure Browser 6.0. If you have already installed Secure Browser 6.2, please see the uninstallation instructions for version 6.0 below. AIR will also provide an uninstallation script to automatically remove Secure Browser 6.0 and will notify the field when this is available.
  • The installation file for Windows computers is an .msi file, which requires administration rights. The steps below assume an administrator is installing the secure browser.

Installing this Browser:

  1. Click the [Download Browser] link above. A dialog box will pop up.
    Note: This step may slightly vary depending on the browser you are currently using.

    • If presented with a choice to either “Run” or “Save” the file, please select “Run.” This will install the secure browser directly without the need to save the installation package to your computer.
    • If you receive a Security Warning at this point, please select “Run” from the proceeding dialog box.
  2. If presented only with the option to [Save], save the file to a convenient location, such as the desktop.
    • Double-click the installation file (MNSecureBrowser6.2-Win.msi) to open the Secure Browser Setup Wizard. (Note: This step only applies to users that saved the file to their computer. Users that selected “Run” in Step 1 can go directly to Step 3.)
  3. From the Secure Browser Setup Wizard, follow the instructions on the screen to finish installation. Select the Standard installation option to install the browser in its default location: C:Program FilesMNSecureBrowser6.2.
  4. Click [Finish] to launch Secure Browser 6.2 directly from the Setup Wizard OR double-click the Secure Browser 6.2 icon that is on the desktop.
  5. Upon launching the secure browser, you will see the student login screen.
    Note: The browser will fill the entire screen.
  6. Click [Close] in the upper-right corner to exit the browser.

Uninstalling this Browser:

Note: Installing Windows Secure Browser 6.2 will uninstall version 6.0 automatically in most cases. If you did not use the installer program packaged with version 6.0 to install the secure browser onto a network, you will need to manually remove it before you can install version 6.2.

  1. Open the Control Panel (From your taskbar, select Start > Settings > Control Panel).
  2. Select Add or Remove Programs.
  3. Select MNSecureBrowser6.0 and click [Remove] to open the Uninstall Wizard.
  4. Click [Next].
  5. Click [Uninstall] to remove the secure browser.
  6. Click [Finish] to complete the uninstall process.

Download the Mac OS X 10.4 and 10.5 Secure Browser:

Notes:

This section provides instructions for installing secure browser 5.6 on the following computers:

  • Mac 10.4 computers with either PowerPC or Intel-based processors
  • Mac 10.5 computers with PowerPC processors

Do not download this secure browser for Mac OS 10.5 computers with Intel processors.

If you have Mac 10.5 computers and you do not know which processors they have, you can check easily. From the Apple drop-down menu, click “About This Mac.” The screen will indicate the operating system version and processor your computer is using.

  • If you see PowerPC, download and install secure browser 5.6 using the instructions in this section.
  • If you see Intel, download and install secure browser 6.2 for Mac OS X. Click the tab that says “Mac OS X 10.5–10.8 (Intel).”

Installing this Browser:

  1. Click the [Download Browser] link above. A dialog box will pop up. (If prompted for a download location, select the desktop.)
    Note: This step may vary slightly depending on the browser you are currently using.

    • If your browser automatically expands the zipped file, you can proceed to Step 3.
    • If your computer opens the Software License Agreement page, you can proceed to Step 4.
    • If you receive a warning message that the file contains an application, click [Continue] and proceed to Step 4.
  2. Open the file (MNSecureBrowser5.6-OSX.dmg) to expand its contents. Double-click the file (MNSecureBrowser5.6-OSX.dmg) to mount the MNSecureBrowser5.6 folder on the desktop.
    Note: Your computer may automatically expand the file upon download.
  3. Double-click the mounted folder (MNSecureBrowser5.6).
  4. Click [Accept] on the Software License Agreement Page.
  5. Drag the MNSecureBrowser5.6 icon to your Applications folder.
    Important:The secure browser must be launched at this point to successfully complete the installation. The browser will disable Exposé (hot corner) settings if they are set and they will remain disabled after the browser is closed. The dock will appear the first time the Exposé settings are being disabled on browser launch. System security will not be affected as applications opened from the dock open in the background and cannot be accessed.
  6. Double-click the MNSecureBrowser5.6 icon in the Applications folder to launch the secure browser. Upon launching the secure browser, you will see the student login screen.
    Note: The browser will fill the entire screen.
  7. Click [Close] in the upper-right corner to exit the browser.

Uninstalling this Browser:

Before installing Secure Browser 5.6, you must uninstall any previous version of the secure browser. There may be a folder on the desktop named MNSecureBrowser5.5. Simply drag the folder and related files to the Trash. If the browser was installed to a different location, please be sure to remove it accordingly.

Download the Mac OS X 10.5-10.9 Secure Browser:

Notes:

Important: Before you download Secure Browser 6.2 on Mac computers running OS 10.7.5 or 10.8, please check your computer’s Security and Privacy Settings. Apple has a feature called “Gatekeeper” that allows users to restrict opening software downloaded from the Internet (including the secure browser). For more information, refer to Apple’s “About Gatekeeper” support page: OS X: About Gatekeeper.

This section provides instructions for installing secure browser 6.2 on computers with OS 10.5–10.8 and that have Intel-based processors. (Some Mac 10.5 computers have PowerPC processors and others have Intel-based processors. All Mac computers with OS 10.6 and above have Intel-based processors.)

Do not download this secure browser for Mac OS 10.5 computers with PowerPC processors.

If you have Mac 10.5 computers and you do not know which processors they have, you can check easily. From the Apple drop-down menu, click “About This Mac.” The screen will indicate the operating system version and processor your computer is using.

  • If you see Intel, download and install secure browser 6.2 following the instructions in this section.
  • If you see PowerPC, download and install secure browser 5.6 for Mac OS X. Click the tab that says “Mac OS X 10.4 (all) and 10.5 (PowerPC).”

Installing this Browser:

    1. Click the [Download Browser] link above. A dialog box will pop up. (If prompted for a download location, select the desktop.)
      Note: This step may vary slightly depending on the browser version you are currently using.

      • If your browser automatically expands the zipped file, you can proceed to Step 3.
      • If your computer opens the Software License Agreement page, you can proceed to Step 4.
      • If you receive a warning message that the file contains an application, click [Continue] and proceed to Step 4.
    2. Open the file (MNSecureBrowser6.2-OSX.dmg) to expand its contents. Double-click the file (MNSecureBrowser6.2-OSX.dmg) to mount the MNSecureBrowser6.2 folder on the desktop.
      Note: Your computer may automatically expand the file upon download.
    3. Double-click the mounted folder (MNSecureBrowser6.2).
    4. Click [Accept] on the Software License Agreement Page.
    5. Drag the MNSecureBrowser6.2 icon to your Applications folder.
Important: The secure browser must be launched at this point to successfully complete the installation.
  • For Mac 10.5, the secure browser will disable Exposé (hot corner) settings if they are set and they will remain disabled after the browser is closed.
  • For Mac 10.6, Exposé settings will be disabled only when the secure browser is launched. The dock will appear the first time the Exposé settings are being disabled on browser launch. System security is not affected as applications opened from the dock open in the background and cannot be accessed.
  • For Mac 10.7 and 10.8, Spaces in Mission Control must be manually disabled before student can use the secure browser. Instructions for disabling Spaces can be found in the Technical Specifications Manual for Online Testing.
  1. Double-click the MNSecureBrowser6.2 icon in the Applications folder to launch the secure browser. Upon launching the secure browser, you will see the student login screen.
    Note: The browser will fill the entire screen.
  2. Click [Close] in the upper-right corner to exit the browser.

Uninstalling this Browser:

Before installing Secure Browser 6.2, you must uninstall the previous version. There may be a folder on the desktop named MNSecureBrowser6.0. Simply drag the folder and related files to the Trash. If the browser was installed to a different location, please be sure to remove it accordingly.

Notes:

Important: In addition to downloading the Linux secure browser, you will also need to download and install two software programs: Festival and Sound eXchange (SoX). These programs will ensure that students who require the Text-to-Speech feature can hear the audio in the online tests. The links below will open the website for each software.

Download Festival

Download SoX

Installing this Browser:

  1. Click the [Download Browser] link above and save the file to your desktop.
  2. Right-click the downloaded file (MNSecureBrowser6.2-Linux.tar.bz2) and select “Extract Here” to expand the file. This creates the MNSecureBrowser6.2 folder on the desktop.
    Note: To expand the compressed image using command line, use the following command:tar jxvf MNSecureBrowser6.2-Linux.tar.bz2
  3. Open the MNSecureBrowser6.2 folder.
    • Double-click the file “install-icon.sh” and select “Run” from the prompt. (Note: This will create the “MNSecureBrowser6.2″ icon on the desktop.)*
  4. From the desktop, double-click the MNSecureBrowser6.2 icon to launch the browser.
  5. Upon launching the secure browser, you will see the student login screen.
    Note: The browser will fill the entire screen.
  6. Click [Close] in the upper-right corner to exit the browser.

* If you do not want to run the installer, you can extract the files by opening the “MNSecureBrowser6.2″ file and selecting “Run” from the options in the message dialog box.

Uninstalling this Browser:

Before installing Secure Browser 6.2, you will need to uninstall the previous version. There should be a folder on the desktop named MNSecureBrowser6.0. Simply drag the folder and the secure browser icon from the Desktop to the Trash. If the browser was installed to a different location, please be sure to remove it accordingly.