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December 10, 2014

Safe Exam Browser 2.0.2 for Windows contains several important bug fixes which increase stability and some new features like a browser log. See release notes for all changes.

August 21, 2014

Safe Exam Browser 2.0.1 for Windows updates the integrated browser, contains several bug fixes and new functionality for removing the embedded browser session data (cache, cookies, local browser storage etc.) when exiting SEB. See release notes for all changes.

June 2, 2014

The much anticipated final release of Safe Exam Browser 2.0 for Windows 7 and 8 is now available. Check out the completely re-engineered SEB 2.0 with a full range of new features and superior usability. Please let us know about your experiences using SEB 2.0 especially in BYOD exam environments. SEB 2.0 for Mac OS X is on its way to be released later this year, the current stable preview version is already compatible with the final release version for Windows.

March 21, 2014

In the stable preview version SEB MacOSX 2.0pre3 the format of .seb setting files was adapted to be compatible with SEB 2.0 RC Windows. You can now use the same .seb files for starting exams on Windows and Mac OS X exam client computers. The Browser Exam Key authentication for insuring that the correct exam settings are used for a specific exam is now also compatible with the release candidate version of SEB 2.0 for Windows.

February 14, 2014

Safe Exam Browser 2.0 RC for Windows released. This release candidate of SEB 2.0 is a completely re-engineered, modern .NET application, including new features, superior usability and improved stability. It offers the same major features like individual encrypted configuration per exam, authentication for exam systems with SEB 2.0 support to insure that a particular, unaltered SEB version and the correct exam settings are used. This facilitates secure exams both on unmanaged computers like students' own laptops (BYOD) as well as in managed environments.

February 6, 2014

Safe Exam Browser has been presented at LEARNTEC, the Leading International Trade Fair and Convention for Learning with IT, which took place from 4 to 6 January 2015 in Karlsruhe, Germany.

October 18, 2013

Safe Exam Browser has been presented at the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference 2013 in Anaheim, USA. Slides of the presentation "E-Assessment Challenges: How to conduct secure e-exams with open source solutions and BYOD" are online now.

August 28, 2013

Safe Exam Browser will be presented at the following conferences:

September 9: DeLFI 2013 at "Interaktive Vielfalt" in Bremen, Germany. Poster session and live demonstration of competence-oriented exams with virtual desktop infrastructure and Safe Exam Browser.

October 18: EDUCAUSE 2013 in Anaheim, USA. Presentation and webcast: "E-Assessment Challenges: How to conduct secure e-exams with open source solutions and BYOD".

May 23, 2013

New Bugfix Version of SEB Windows 1.9.1 Final Release fixes a bug in the XULRunner browser component. The User Agent String in the "config.json" file has been changed from "SEB" to "Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; rv:19.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/19.0 SEB" because some web pages checked it and complained.

April 30, 2013

Safe Exam Browser 2.0 offers an individual configuration per exam, which is protected by a strong encryption against manipulation. Thanks to a new authentication feature the exam system can verify that a particular, unaltered SEB version and the correct exam settings are used for an examination. This facilitates secure exams especially on unmanaged computers like students' own laptops.

The second stable preview version SEB MacOSX 2.0pre2 contains following new features:

This preview of SEB version 2.0 includes all configuration functionalities of the final release (see the detailed documentation), but some functions will be activated only after extensive testing in upcoming releases. Please test this preview version and provide us with feedback. This version runs on OS X 10.7 and 10.8 only. More information.

April 19, 2013

A full-day workshop entitled 'Online Assessment using the Safe Exam Browser' took place at ETH Zurich on April 19, 2013.

Participants included the Swiss eduhub and international e-learning communities, faculty interested in the online examination topic, staff of e-learning support centres and university IT personnel. The afternoon programme offered two separate tracks, one focusing on technical topics, the other on examination methodology and organisational issues.

The event showcased the prevailing strong interest in the Safe Exam Browser and online assessment, and received very positive feedback.

Slides of most sessions are available electronically.

April 16, 2013

On the occasion of the approaching release of Safe Exam Browser version 2.0 we would like to announce the future operating system support:

By concentrating on current operating systems, our resources for development and testing (which has been intensified recently) can be used more efficiently. Furthermore we can use new technologies of current systems in SEB 2.0 and future SEB versions. Questions and feedback about the future operating system support? Discuss it in our forum.

March 28, 2013

New Final Release SEB Windows 1.9.1 contains numerous improvements compared to previous versions:

After a comprehensive testing phase, we hereby provide the Final Release of version 1.9.1, which offers (in comparison to 1.9.1 Beta Release) some minor improvements regarding the browser component XulRunner (e.g. regarding popup windows).

January 30, 2013

SEB has been presented at eduhub days 2013. The electronic poster session illustrated how the new Safe Exam Browser 2.0 enables BYOD for exams and explains one possible scenario of how SEB can be used on students' computers.

December 31, 2012

Safe Exam Browser 2.0 facilitates secure exams on unmanaged computers like students' own laptops as well as in managed environments and will be relased until end of 2013 for both platforms Windows and Mac OS X. The first public preview version SEB MacOSX 2.0pre1 contains following new features:

This preview does not contain all features of the final 2.0 release yet. Please test it and provide us with feedback. This version runs on OS X 10.7 and 10.8 only. More information.

December 20, 2012

New public beta release SEB Windows 1.9.1 contains numerous improvements compared to previous versions:

Since the tests are very comprehensive and have not yet been finished, we hereby provide a beta version, which can be tested by interested users. The final release is planned for mid of January.

November 30, 2012

SEB has been showcased at Online-Educa 2012 in Berlin. The presentation at the 18th International Conference on Technology Supported Learning & Training which is the "the largest global e-learning conference for the corporate, education and public service sectors" and a publication in the Book of Abstracts titled "The Safe Exam Browser: Innovative Open Source Software for Online Examinations" raised awareness about SEB at an international level.

November 15, 2012

Released a patch which fixes the exam mode in Moodle 2.3.x used with Safe Exam Browser: The navigation links to other parts of the LMS are not displayed during an exam. The fix will be included in Moodle 2.4.

October 8, 2012

New public beta release SEB Windows 1.9.0 contains numerous improvements compared to previous versions:

Since the tests are very comprehensive and there is demand for an improved installer, we hereby provide a beta version, which can be tested by interested users. The final release is planned for later.

September 12, 2012

Safe Exam Browser has been presented at the anual conference of the "Gesellschaft für Medien in der Wissenschaft" GMW 2012 at TU Vienna.

August 15, 2012

Questionmark released Questionmark Secure for Mac in the Apple Mac App Store.

Questionmark Secure is a lock-down browser based on Safe Exam Browser for Mac OS X and is used in conjunction with an organization's Questionmark OnDemand service or Questionmark Perception on-premise software. Questionmark OnDemand/Perception and Questionmark Secure are designed to work together to provide a secure environment for online exams and reduce risks to the integrity of exam results when deployed along with other defenses to combat impersonation, content theft and cheating.

With this collaboration, Safe Exam Browser technology will help to improve security of online tests and exams for the businesses, governmental organisations and educational institutions worldwide that currently use Questionmark's assessment management technologies.

July 24, 2012

SEB Windows 1.8.2 is, according to initial tests, compatible also to the desktop mode of the upcoming operating system Windows 8, which is going to be officially released on October 26. The tests were executed under Windows 8 RC (Release Candidate). Futher, more detailed tests (also in conjunction with Metro) are planned.

February 28, 2012

SEB MacOSX 1.5.2 is now also available in the Mac App Store.

February 20, 2012

SEB Windows 1.8.2 fixes a bug: Reloading / Refreshing the current page in the browser window by pressing the F5 key did not work. Now it is possible, provided that the F5 key is admitted. The new default setting for the F5 key is therefore "enabled".

February 13, 2012

SEB Windows 1.8.1 fixes two bugs:

January 31, 2012

SEB MacOSX 1.5 supports additional browser windows and improves integrity of the SEB environment by elevating all SEB windows on a higher windows level, improving suppression of other applications opening alert windows, requesting to become active and switch to foreground. New security features include clearing the clipboard, blocking browsing forward/backward, preventing possible security holes in Flash content, offering fine grade settings for opening and blocking links in new browser windows and in addition the upload of files edited in third party applications was made easier and more secure.

December 22, 2011

SEB Windows 1.8 easens the configuration for the teacher. It is now possible to do the configuration in a new GUI editor called SebWindowsConfig.exe using mouse clicks, without directly editing the initialisation files SebStarter.ini and MsgHook.ini. The file format of these ini files has been simplified and is now better human-readable. In addition to the full version of SEB (installation via .msi file), a classic portable version can be built (copying of a zip file without installation), which has less functionality.

November 14, 2011

SEB MacOSX 1.4.1 fixes two bugs when when running on OS X 10.7.2 Lion.

November 7, 2011

In the Safe Exam Browser Workshop at ETH Zurich, mainly technical aspects about using SEB were discussed. You can find the presentations in German language here.

September 12, 2011

SEB MacOSX 1.4 easens the deployment of the application including an individual configuration. The adapted preferences can be written into the application bundle. Then the modified application can be distributed on all exam Mac's and will start up with the right settings (Start URL, passwords etc).

August 25, 2011

SEB Windows 1.7 easens the configuration and deployment for the teacher. It is now possible to modify the configuration files before rather than after installation, so the students can directly install SEB without patching it by additional configuration files after installation. Also, an Administrative Install via network is now possible. Downloading a zip file, as in former SEB versions up to 1.4.1.

July 19, 2011

Safe Exam Browser 1.3.1 for Mac OS X is now available to download from this site and the Mac App Store. Install this version for better compatibility with the soon to be expected OS X 10.7 Lion.

July 18, 2011

Now you can subscribe to the SEB news also as a RSS feed, so you won't miss any new program versions in future.

July 6, 2011

SEB Windows 1.6.1 simplifies the configuration. The ini files and log files are now located in the program data directory (Windows 7) or in the common application data directory (Windows XP), respectively. See user documentation.

June 30, 2011

The latest versions of SEB for Windows and Mac OS X can detect if they were started in a virtual instead of a native environment and refuse to start up. This VM Detector hinders manipulating SEB when used in unmanaged environments.

SEB Windows 1.6 is multilingual (German, English, French menus and error messages) based upon the current user default input language and contains further usability refinements, the VM Detector and improvements in the built-in XULRunner browser.

SEB MacOSX 1.3 features the VM Detector and enhanced compatibility with OS X 10.7 Lion.

June 16, 2011

Safe Exam Browser 1.2.1 is now also available in the Mac App Store, the online shop from Apple for Mac software. From there SEB can be downloaded for free and automatically installed (you need to use a current Mac OS X and have a Apple ID). Future SEB updates can be easily installed through the Mac App Store. SEB MacOSX will of course still be available on this website too.

June 3, 2011

In SEB MacOSX 1.2 down- and uploading can be allowed. Downloaded files can be opened automatically. This is useful when running additional applications during an exam in a separate, managed OS X user account.

May 12, 2011

SEB Windows 1.5.1 further simplifies SEB installation by automatically starting the Windows Service at the end of the installation (no computer reboot or manual start of Windows Service as administrator required anymore).

April 30 2011

SEB MacOSX 1.1 features a new preferences window with panes, which offers additional configuration options. It is now possible to run additional applications during an exam together with SEB MacOSX.

April 29 2011

The user documentation and other information about SEB for Windows and Mac OS X on the SEB website have been revised and are completely translated to German.

April 28, 2011

SEB Windows 1.5 has been released. Its main feature is a new Windows Service component, which enables also Windows 7 to successfully suppress the Task Manager etc.

March 31, 2011

The SEB MacOSX source code has been released. Please see the developer manual for information about the architecture of Safe Exam Browser for Mac OS X, about getting the SEB and WebKit sources, linking the components and how to build SEB. In addition how to localize SEB for other languages.

March 25, 2011

In SEB MacOSX 1.0.2 French localization has been added. Alerts (including browser error messages), text and buttons in preferences window (including tool tips) are displayed in French when SEB is started on a Mac OS X system set to French language.

March 24, 2011

SEB has been presented at the eduhub days 2011 in Lugano. The national meeting of e-learning executives, support center leaders and members of the Swiss eLearning Community gave an ideal plattform to discuss with professionals existing and possible future use of SEB at their institutions. We also discussed some future features of SEB and got feedback about what professional users think about the further development of SEB.

February 9, 2011

SEB was demonstrated at the Workshop E-Assessment at ETH Zurich. Besides a tutorial how to use SEB, enhancements planed in the new project SEB2012 were presented and community questions answered. Here can find the presentations in German language.

January 26, 2011

New SEB version 1.3.4 and SEB version 1.4.1 eliminate a potential problem regarding write permissions of the logfile. Since the logfile functionality was contained in both the Portable Firefox version 1.3.3 and the XULRunner version 1.4, both versions were replaced by the new bugfixed versions.

January 18, 2011

New SEB version 1.4 is based on XULRunner rather than on Portable Firefox.

December 23, 2010

In SEB MacOSX 1.0.1 German localization has been added. Alerts (including browser error messages), text and buttons in preferences window (including tool tips) are displayed in German when SEB is started on a Mac OS X system set to German language.

December 22, 2010

New SEB version 1.3.3 adds logfile functionality (set the variable LOG_FILE in Seb.ini).

December 14, 2010

The general release of stable version SEB MacOSX 1.0 brings many improvements in security and usability.

December 2, 2010

Structure of the SEB website has been rebuild to improve access to information for both system architectures SEB is available for now (Windows and MacOSX). Visual appearance and navigation has also been improved. The SEB demo movie now can be watched as MP4 or Flash movie.

October 30, 2010

The first release candidate RC1.0 for the stable version of SEB MacOSX is released.

September 13 - 15, 2010

SEB is presented at GMW'10 in Zurich. The yearly congress of the society for scientists and professionals in the field of digital media use in universities and other higher education institutions was reflecting about the use of media in research and teaching.

September 7, 2010

New SEB version 1.3.2 bugfixes problems when starting up SEB version 1.3

August 19, 2010

The first beta version of SEB MacOSX is released.

July 22, 2010

After it got evident that XULRunner cannot be embedded under Mac OS X while maintaining kiosk mode locking of the system, it was decided to use the WebKit browser rendering engine for SEB on Mac OS X instead of XULRunner/Mozilla Gecko. A first beta version of SEB for Mac OS X will be released soon.

July 15, 2010

New SEB version 1.3 also supports Windows 7.

April 7, 2010

Safe Exam Browser has been presented at Netzwerk E-Learning at Zürcher Fachhochschule.

March 24 and 25, 2010

Safe Exam Browser has been presented at OpenExpo 2010 in Berne.

March 17, 2010

User documentation improved, mainly the ambiguous explanation of shortkeys to quit SEB. A new table shows how the function keys are coded in MsgHook.ini to define the SEB exit sequence.

March 2, 2010

Daniel Schneider joins the SEB team. He is mainly responsible for porting SEB to Mac OS X.

January 12, 2010

Dirk Bauer joins the SEB team, mainly being responsible of improving SEB and porting it to Windows 7.

January 1, 2010

The AAA/Switch Project for further development of the Safe Exam Browser starts.

April 29, 2009

Safe Exam Browser in combination with Moodle is presented in the eLearningForum at Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW).

April 1, 2009

Safe Exam Browser is presented at Open Expo Berne.

Open Expo Berne 2009

March 19, 2009

Safe Exam Browser has been successfully introduced to the Moodle Community at Moodlemoot 2009 in Bamberg by Thomas Korner.

The presentation is available here (registration required).

Safe Exam Browser at Moodlemoot

February 20, 2009

Safe Exam Browser has been downloaded more than 1000 times so far.

January 15, 2009

The project Safe Exam Browser will attend the ILIAS Forum at Learntec 2009 in Karlsruhe on February 4.

January 8, 2009

The first exam in computing labs at the ETH Zurich with SEB has been carried out successfully.


December 1, 2008

Extensions fitting the Learning Management Systems Moodle and ILIAS are now available.