View Full Version : Forcing a refresh on each visit to a page on web-based kiosk

01-27-2006, 11:51 PM
We have a kiosk in our building that allows users to check their email and browse the internet. The kiosk software itself is nice...you can lock down all of the key combinations that kill windows/log off/open the start menu, etc. In addition, we have locked down the user account that the kiosk software utilizes as well.

A residual issue, however, still exists. If, for instance, a user is checking their email and surfs the internet for a moment and then walks away. If a user walks up behind them and presses the backspace button on the keyboard, they can view the email account as the person left it.

Obviously, we don't live in Utopia where everyone remembers to log out of their accounts. That said, can anyone think of a way to force the system to end the browser sesson so you must reauthenticate?

We're using Windows XP and the kiosk software uses the IE browser in some fashion. We have tried tools-->internet options-->temporary internet files-settings-->"Every visit to the page" and this did not resolve the problem.

01-30-2006, 04:02 PM
This sounds to me like it HAS to be an issue with the e-mail kiosk software. I would contact the vendor of that application.

Now, if people are simply getting on the web and getting their Yahoo, gmail, hotmail, etc mail, then there's really nothing you can do about it if they don't log themselves out. That's their problem...


02-02-2006, 01:16 AM
the mail is web based? Then you could just use a meta tag to refresh to a logout page after every 30-45 seconds or something.