5. Browsers accessing Oxford's web based services

Most web browsers (including Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Safari) work with Oxford's web services out-of-the-box.

The particular features your browser must support are:
  • Cookies - these are used to hold information about your SSO login status.
  • SSL Certificates - these are the digital equivalent of ID cards which help other people identify you, and help you identify other people, web sites, and organizations. Certificates are issued and administered by Certificate Authorities (CAs). Oxford uses certificates that have been signed by either Comodo or GlobalSign, both of which will automatically be accepted as a trusted CA by most modern browsers.
If you are security-conscious enough to use a custom security configuration then you may want to bear in mind the following points:
  • for javascript settings - you will need to trust scripting from nexus.ox.ac.uk
  • for cookie settings - you will need to accept cookies either automatically or when prompted. If you are very concerned about cookies you can delete them at the end of your browser session to avoid any ongoing tracking
  • for CA certificates - you will need to trust certificates issued by the Certificate Authorities that we use (Comodo and GlobalSign)

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