IT&S Browser Support Policy Matrix

Browser Platform Content CSS/Design JS/Behavior QA
IE 9 and 10 Win XP, Vista Full Support Full Support Full Support Full QA
FireFox (most recent version) Win XP, Vista (Linux) Full Support (Best Effort) Full Support (Best Effort) Full Support (Best Effort) Full QA (As Requested)
(most recent version)
Win XP, Vista (Linux) Full Support (Best Effort) Full Support (Best Effort) Full Support (Best Effort) Full QA (As Requested)
Safari Mac OSX Best Effort Best Effort Best Effort As Requested


Browser policy

Updates published semi annually based on:

  • Browser releases
  • Industry data on adoption
  • CS visitor data

Industry Data on Adoption

From the numbers below, we see that Firefox, Google Chrome, and Internet Explorer are the most popular browsers today.


Internet Explorer






12.7 %

27.9 %

52.7 %

4.0 %

1.7 %


18.9 %

36.3 %

37.3 %

4.4 %

2.3 %


19.5 %

36.6 %

36.3 %

4.5 %

2.3 %


20.1 %

37.1 %

35.3 %

4.3 %

2.4 %


StatCounter Global Stats

Top 12 Browser Versions 2012 to 2013

CS Visitor Data Based on Browser Type

CS Visitor Data Based on Browser Type

Compliance Requirements

  • Certify releases/sites for browser policy compatibility
  • Discuss discrepancies with IT&S
  • Certify existing interfaces annually


Flagship sites should also quarterly review site data and recertify/update site-specific strategies (as needed)

  • Publish site-specific browser requirements/statements
  • Update annually based on updates to IEEE CS Browser Policy

Privacy Policy

  • Ensure that visitors understand how their information is used.
  • Policy accessible in footer.
  • Policy should be applicable to all IEEE CS sites.

New compliance requirements from IEEE:

  • Link to policy from footers (& pages where privacy may be a concern)
  • Link text must say "Privacy & Opting-Out of Cookies" (link to
  • If your cookie usage is highly intrusive, additional requirements may apply*
  • Address new laws UK laws requiring heightened "cookie" disclosure


IEEE has selected WebTrends OnDemand as the new platform/solution for enterprise Web analytics:

  • Cloud-based; more control in hands of the analyst
  • Met most requirements provided by business
  • WebTrends already used by IEEE; shorter learning curve
  • Currently implemented on, Xplore, and Checkout
  • Cross-functional team formed to analyze IBP data
  • Monthly reporting on findings via dashboard

Data Encryption

For your protection, IEEE Computer Society uses 128-bit Secured Socket Layer (SSL) strong encryption during your online sessions. You will not be able to access the site with browsers that do not support 128-bit encryption. 

Encryption is a sophisticated way of scrambling all information transmitted online before it leaves your computer so that all information, including username, passwords, and any online financial transactions, are completely unreadable by unauthorized third parties. No transactional information will be transmitted without first being encrypted.

To verify that your browser is setup for 128-bit encryption see the following instructions.
Internet Explorer users:

1.    From the top browser menu, click on Help.

2.    From the drop down menu, select About Internet Explorer.

3.    The information displayed for Cipher Strength is the encryption level (i.e. Cipher Strength: 128-bit).

4.    If it does not say 128-bit, then you do not have a browser with 128-bit encryption.

Firefox Users:
All versions of Mozilla Firefox support 128-bit encryption.

Safari Users:
The Safari browser displays a lock icon at the top right corner of the browser window when you're viewing a secure (https://) site. This symbol is absent when viewing an unsecured (http://) site. Safari can use both 40-bit and 128-bit strong encryption; the Web Site determines which level of encryption is used at a given time.

Google Chrome:
All versions of Google Chrome support 128-bit encryption.