Today, Citrix is dramatically simplifying the secure delivery of apps by making Workspace Cloud Secure Browser service and XenApp Secure Browser edition available for purchase.
And if you haven’t tried the Workspace Cloud Secure Browser service, by the time you finish reading this blog post, you will want to.
Speaking of time, it will probably take you longer to read this short post than it will to publish a web app using Secure Browser—unless of course, you’re a speed reader.
Here are top reasons to use the new Citrix Secure Browser:
Reason #1 – Deliver Internet Explorer Apps to Any Modern Web Browser
Secure Browser puts IT back in control while giving end users the freedom they demand. And despite the influx of SaaS applications, the vast majority of customers we talk to still have several, if not many, web applications that are limited to just Internet Explorer. This was perfectly acceptable when Internet Explorer (IE) was the dominant web browser. However, the world has moved beyond locked-down desktops and limiting users to a single browser.
You could—and probably are—looking to re-write your IE-based web apps to take advantage of other web browsers, but are daunted by not only the development costs but also the overwhelming costs of having to support Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, Safari and now Microsoft Edge.
With Secure Browser you can publish your web app with Internet Explorer and let Citrix take care of supporting multiple browsers with our Receiver for HTML5. This will help you keep your test matrix down to one browser.
Reason #2 – Reduce Help Desk Calls
Help desk calls about web apps come in for many reasons including, but not limited to, poor user experience, issues with browser plug-ins and flaky VPN connections.
Secure Browser can minimize—quite possibly eliminate—these help desk calls because not only do you define what browser the web app should use, but also the plug-ins it needs. So, even if Chrome and other major browsers start to disable plug-ins like Flash, it will not affect the user experience with Secure Browser. The end user will still see the experience the developer intended, but without any of the traditional consequences of having to make sure the proper plug-in(s) has been downloaded.
That is because Receiver for HTML5 simply works with the major browsers end users are using today. There is nothing to install or configure on the endpoint. And because Receiver for HTML5 provides an additional layer of abstraction from the endpoint, you can publish internal apps securely without the need of a VPN, which leads us to reason #3.
Reason #3 – Increase Security by Abstracting the Endpoint
As I just said, Receiver for HTML5 adds an extra layer of security between the endpoint and your sensitive information without installing anything on the endpoint. Not only does this eliminate the need for an end user to use a VPN, but it also reduces the risk of end users storing confidential passwords in local browsers and mitigates potential cookie privacy issues.
And with the constant updates browsers are automatically pushing down to end users, by virtualizing the web browser from the cloud or datacenter, IT can do quality assurance and security assessments against that single browser and know that is exactly how the web app is being used.
Reason #4 – Empower Line of Business Managers and Limit Shadow IT
Secure Browser dramatically accelerates the process for locking down and securely delivering SaaS apps, which means IT can respond faster to requests from line of business managers who want the latest SaaS apps for their workforce. With Secure Browser, the virtualized browser can be locked down to meet compliance and security requirements, while making sure the app works reliably and smoothly. And we know from experience, when IT is responsive and delivers a great experience, executives and employees are less likely to turn to shadow IT.
We’ve already imagined a few other innovative security enhancements that we can make, but instead of blowing the surprise right now, why don’t you go try Workspace Cloud Secure Browser and let us know what you think!