By popular request we’ve added support for the Chrome engine (aka WebKit) to KioskSimple kiosk software for Windows.
If you prefer how your website looks in Google Chrome (or Safari) then you’ll want to download the latest version of KioskSimple today.
We’ll also cover Chrome’s “kiosk mode” and how it is different from kiosk software.
Why would I want to use kiosk software when I can just run Chrome in “kiosk mode”?
The Chrome browser has a cool feature called “kiosk mode” which makes it possible to run your browser full screen like you’d expect to see on a kiosk.
On the surface this might appear sufficient but in reality lacks even the basic security you’d expect in a self-service kiosk.
For example, there’s nothing stopping a malicious user from closing your browser and accessing the operating system using well-known Windows hotkeys (i.e. Ctrl-Alt-Del).
Popup dialogs could also disrupt the user experience and allow the security of your kiosks to be compromised.
For a more in-depth look at kiosk security checkout my article on hacking kiosks.
Due to it’s lack of security the Chrome browser running in kiosk mode is not suitable for a kiosk, especially when running unattended.
We created KioskSimple kiosk software to make it both simple and secure to run your website in kiosk mode using the Chrome engine.
What is the Chrome engine (aka WebKit)?
WebKit is a layout engine software component for rendering web pages in web browsers. It powers Apple’s Safari web browser, and a fork of the project is used by Chromium-based browsers, such as Opera or Google Chrome.
While WebKit is not 100% equivalent to running the Chrome browser it will render your website in a very similar manner.
If your website looks good in the Chrome browser or Safari then it should look just as good in WebKit.
How can I run my website using the Chrome engine in KioskSimple?
It’s super easy…really! All you have to do is download the free demo of KioskSimple and enter the website you want to run in kiosk mode.
KioskSimple will automatically run your website using the Chrome engine.
If you have any questions please give us a call and our technical support staff will have you up and running in minutes.