Download Secure Browsers

A secure browser must be installed on each computer or tablet used for the online Florida Standards Assessments. The following operating systems and secure browsers are supported:

Operating Systems Supported Devices Supported Secure Browser
Windows 7, 8.0, 8.1, 10 Desktops/Laptops Windows Secure Browser
Mac OS X 10.7–10.12 Desktops/Laptops Mac Secure Browser
Linux
Fedora 23, 24, 25
openSUSE 13.1, 13.2
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.5
Ubuntu (LTS) 12.04, 14.04, 16.04
Desktops/Laptops Linux Secure Browser
Mobile Operating Systems Supported Devices Supported Secure Browser
iOS  7.1, 8.0-8.2, 9.x, 10.2
iPad 2
iPad 3
iPad 4 (Retina Display)
iPad Air
iPad Air 2
AIRSecureTest Mobile Secure Browser 3.2 or 3.3

*Schools testing students requiring TTS for the ELA Reading test on iOS devices should upgrade to MSB 3.3. Schools not using TTS on iOS devices may use 3.2 or 3.3.

Android 4.4, 5.0, 5.1 Google Nexus 10
Motorola Xoom
Samsung Galaxy Note (2014 edition)
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 and 4
LearnPad Quarto
AIRSecureTest Mobile Secure Browser 2.0 and 2.1

*If using 4.4, there is no need to upgrade to 2.1, but can if you wish.

*Users with 5.0 and 5.1 should upgrade immediately.

Chrome OS 51-54 Chromebooks AIRSecureTest kiosk application
Windows 8.0, 8.1, 10 Microsoft Surface Pro, Pro 3
Asus Transformer
Dell Venue
Windows Secure Browser

Access Secure Browsers

Click the tabs below to access the secure browser for your operating system. The instructions on this page are for installation on individual machines. For additional information and instructions, including installing a secure browser to machines over a network, refer to the Secure Browser Installation Manual.

For assistance with installing the secure browsers, contact the Help Desk.

Click the tabs below to access secure browsers and installation instructions for your operating system.

To install the secure browser on an individual computer, do one of the following:

  • From each computer to be used for testing, access the Internet, and download and install the browser.
  • Download and save the browser onto a media device (such as a flash drive) and then copy and install the files onto each computer.
  • Download and save the browser to a network folder and then copy it to each computer.

For additional information about the secure browser and other installation options, including installation over a network or without administrator rights, refer to the Secure Browser Installation Manual.

CloudReady NeverWare: CloudReady is a reduced-feature operating system, built on the same technology as Chrome OS, that runs on hardware with limited resources. AIR has tested CloudReady and certifies that it meets the requirements for testing.

Installing Secure Browser for Windows

Windows 8.x—For Windows 8.x, the following procedure works only on local installations, not on remote installations (such as installing over a network onto a remote machine).

  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 FSASecureBrowser-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)FSASecureBrowser (64 bit) or C:\Program FilesCASecureBrowser (32 bit).
    • A shortcut FSASecureBrowser 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 FSASecureBrowser 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 FSASecureBrowser 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 X 10.7-10.12 Secure Browser:

In this scenario, you install the 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. If prompted for a download location, select your downloads folder.
  3. Open Downloads from the Dock, and click FSASecureBrowser-OSX.dmg to display its contents.
  4. Drag the FSASecureBrowser icon to the desktop.
  5. Disable fast user switching by doing the following:
    1. Select Apple menu > System Preferences > Users & Groups.
    2. Click the lock icon to unlock it, and then enter an administrator name and password.
    3. Click Login Options.
    4. Clear the Show fast user switching menu as checkbox.
  6. Disable the Launchpad by doing the following:
    1. In Users & Groups, click Show All.
    2. Click Keyboard, then click Shortcuts.
    3. Click Launchpad & Dock, and clear the Show Launchpad checkbox.
    4. Close System Preferences.
  7. 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.
  8. Disable Mission Control/Spaces. Instructions for disabling Spaces are in the Technical Specifications Manual for Online Testing.
  9. Double-click the FSASecureBrowser 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.
  10. To exit the browser, click Close in the upper-right corner of the screen.

Download the Linux (32 bit) Secure Browser:

Installing Secure Browser for Linux (32-bit)

This procedure installs Secure Browser on desktop computers running one of the Linux distributions listed in the above table. 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 FSASecureBrowserX.X-YYYY-MM-DD-i686.tar.bz2 (32-bit) and select Extract Here to expand the file. This creates the FSASecureBrowser folder on the desktop.
  5. In a file manager, open the FSASecureBrowser.
  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 FSASecureBrowser 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 FSASecureBrowser 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.

Download the Linux (64-bit) Secure Browser:

Installing Secure Browser for Linux (64-bit)

This procedure installs Secure Browser on desktop computers running one of the Linux distributions listed in the above table. 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 FSASecureBrowserX.X-YYYY-MM-DD-x86_64.tar.bz2 (64-bit), and select Extract Here to expand the file. This creates the FSASecureBrowser folder on the desktop.
  5. In a file manager, open the FSASecureBrowser.
  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 FSASecureBrowser 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 FSASecureBrowser 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.

Download the iOS Secure Browser:

Downloading and Installing the iOS AIRSecureTest Mobile Secure Browser

The AIRSecureTest mobile secure browser for iPads can be downloaded from the App store. The process for installing the secure browser is the same as for any other mobile 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 or select Install App.
  4. Enter your Apple ID and 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 Technical Specifications Manual for Online Testing.

Secure Testing on iPads

To ensure a secure test environment, Guided Access must be enabled and activated before students can log in to a test session.

Guided Access is an iOS feature that allows users to restrict activity to a single application and also prevents taking screenshots or changing to another application. Students will not be able to log in if Guided Access is not enabled and activated.

Download the Android Secure Browser:

Downloading and Installing the Android AIRSecureTest Mobile Secure Browser

The secure browser for online testing for supported Android tablets can be downloaded from the Google Play store. The process for installing the mobile secure browser is the same as for any other mobile application.

  1. On your Android tablet, click the Get it on Google Play link above. The AIRSecureTest application download window opens.
  2. Tap or select Install.
  3. The secure mobile browser will download and install onto your Android tablet. Look for the AIRSecureTest icon.

Secure Testing on Android Tablets

The secure browsers for Android tablets require the secure browser keyboard to be selected before students can access the login page. The reason for this is that the default Android keyboard allows predictive text, which would unduly aid students when entering written responses to test items. The secure browser keyboard is a basic keyboard, with no row for predictive text functionality.

About External Keyboards

Some external keyboards have a shortcut button that launches the default Android keyboard and overrides the secure browser keyboard. These keyboards may not be used 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 named 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, then press Enter. 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 named 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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