Secure Browser for Mac (10.11–10.15)


Secure Profile for Mac Icon      Mac Secure Browser Icon


This procedure installs the Secure Profile and the secure browser for OS X 10.11 or macOS 10.12 through 10.15.

A Mac computer requires that certain settings are turned off so it can run the secure browser. Installing the Secure Profile automatically changes some of these settings, but a few settings must be turned off manually.

If you would prefer to watch a demonstration video of the process to install the Secure Profile and the secure browser, view the Downloading the Secure Browser on a Mac Computer video.


How to Install the Secure Profile

Take these steps to install the Secure Profile for a Mac:

  1. Select the [Download the Secure Profile for Mac] button on this page. If prompted for a download location, select the desktop. Note: when you download the file, you may see a warning about downloading potentially harmful files from the internet, but the secure browser program is safe to download and run.
  2. Locate and double-click the installation file that was downloaded (named mac-os-assessment-config-3.mobileconfig) to run it.
  3. In the Profiles window that appears, select the [Continue] button.
  4. On the next screen, select the [Install] button. You may be prompted to enter an administrator’s password that will allow the program to make changes; enter that password and then select the [OK] button.

How to Turn Off Other Settings Manually

Take these steps to turn off some settings that might interfere with the secure browser:

  1. Turn off third-party app updates.
    1. Select the Apple menu → System PreferencesApp Store. Depending on your operating system version, you may instead need to navigate to Software UpdatesAdvanced to find the settings in the next step.
    2. Check the “Automatically check for updates” box.
    3. Clear the Download newly available updates in the background checkbox.
    4. Clear the Install app updates checkbox.
    5. Check the Install system data files and security updates box.
  2. Turn off iTunes updates.
    1. Start iTunes
    2. Select iTunesPreferences.
    3. Under the [Advanced] tab, clear the Check for new software updates automatically checkbox.
  3. Turn off Fast User Switching.
    1. To turn off fast user switching, select the Apple menu → System Preferences → [Users & Groups] button.
    2. If the padlock icon in the lower-left corner of the Users & Groups window shows as locked, select it and enter the password of the user with administrator privileges.
    3. Select the [Login Options] button and uncheck the Show fast user switching menu as… box.
  4. You have now configured all the needed settings and can proceed to install the secure browser on a Mac.

How to Install the Secure Browser

  1. Select the [Download the Secure Browser for Mac] button on this page. If prompted for a download location, select the desktop. Note: when you download the file, you may see a warning about downloading potentially harmful files from the internet, but the secure browser program is safe to download and run.
  2. Locate and double-click the installation file that was downloaded (named CASecureBrowserX.X-YYYY-MM-DD.msi).
  3. To install the program, drag the [CASecureBrowser] icon into the applications folder.
  4. Navigate to the Launchpad or Applications in a Finder window and double-click the CASecureBrowser icon to launch the secure browser.

How to Uninstall the Secure Profile and Secure Browser for Mac

When you no longer need to run the secure browser on your personal Mac computer, you can remove the secure profile, reverse any settings that were changed, and remove the secure browser from your computer.

Steps to Remove the Secure Profile

Take these steps to remove the secure profile:

  1. Select the Apple menu → System PreferencesProfiles.
  2. If the padlock icon in the lower-left corner of the Users & Groups screen shows as locked, select it and enter the password of the user with administrator privileges.
  3. Select the Common Assessment Application Settings profile and select the [Minus] button to remove it (figure 1).

    Figure 1. Profiles window with the [Minus] button

  4. Restart your computer before following the rest of these instructions.

Steps to Restore Settings

Take these steps to restore settings that may have been changed when installing the secure profile.

  1. Change keyboard shortcuts.
    1. Select the Apple menu → System PreferencesKeyboard.
    2. On the [Keyboard] tab, clear the Use F1, F2, etc. keys as standard function keys checkbox to reset the keyboard to the default setting (figure 2).

      Figure 2. Keyboard settings

    3. On the [Shortcuts] tab, select the categories of shortcuts and then select the [Restore Defaults] button; or customize the shortcuts, as needed. The most notable categories where settings may have changed are under Mission Control, Keyboard, Screen Shots, and Accessibility (figure 3).

      Figure 3. Keyboard shortcuts settings

    4. On the [Dictation] tab, select the Shortcut drop-down list and select Press Fn (Function) Key Twice or another needed shortcut (figure 4).

      Figure 4. Keyboard dictation settings

  2. Change trackpad gestures.
    1. If your device uses a trackpad, select the Apple menu → System PreferencesTrackpad.
    2. Select the [More Gestures] tab.
    3. Check a box to enable each gesture option; customize as needed (figure 5).

      Figure 5. Trackpad gestures settings

  3. Turn on third-party app updates.
    1. Select the Apple menu → System PreferencesApp Store to find the settings in the next step.
    2. Customize the following settings as needed:
      1. Automatically check for updates
      2. Download newly available updates in the background
      3. Install app updates
      4. Install system data files and security updates
  4. Turn on Fast User Switching.
    1. To turn on Fast User Switching, select the Apple menu → System Preferences → [Users & Groups] button.
    2. If the padlock icon in the lower-left corner of the Users & Groups screen shows as locked, select it and enter the password of the user with administrator privileges.
    3. Select the [Login Options] button and check the Show fast user switching menu as… box.
  5. Turn on iTunes updates.
    1. Start iTunes.
    2. Select iTunesPreferences.
    3. Under the [Advanced] tab, check the Check for new software updates automatically box.

Steps to Uninstall the Secure Browser

Take these steps to uninstall the secure browser program:

  1. Open a Finder window and navigate to Applications.
  2. Locate the CASecureBrowser program and drag it to the Trash in the Dock.

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