BACKGROUND IMAGE: stock.adobe.com
Citrix Secure Browser is virtualization software that allows web applications to run in incompatible browsers. Using Secure Browser, an IT administrator can create a virtualized web browser, assign a specific web app to it and then deliver the workload to a physical web browser running on a user's endpoint device.
Secure Browser appears as a tab in the user's physical browser, but it is actually running a different version or a different browser altogether; for example, users can access a Microsoft Internet Explorer app through a Google Chrome browser. The virtual browser is delivered through a Citrix Receiver for HTML5 session to the user's physical browser. The physical browser displays only the web app, but not all the other aspects of the virtual browser, such as the toolbar. Users can access Secure Browser apps through any modern internet browser, including Internet Explorer, Chrome, Apple Safari and Mozilla Firefox.
All Secure Browser apps have Adobe Flash and Microsoft Silverlight plug-ins preinstalled.
Citrix Secure Browser editions
Information technology administrators can deploy Citrix Secure Browser either on premises or in the cloud. Citrix Cloud Secure Browser, available through Citrix Cloud, uses a subscription pricing model. This edition gives admins the ability to deploy as many apps as they want through Secure Browser, with Citrix taking care of the backend infrastructure.
The on-premises option, XenApp Secure Browser, is built into XenApp. Organizations pay for perpetual licenses on a per-user or per-device basis. With this approach, the organization itself maintains control over the infrastructure powering the apps.
Citrix released Secure Browser in March 2016.