A common question I hear from new clients is “why would I want to use kiosk software when I can just use kiosk mode in Windows 8 (aka Assigned Access)?”
This is a fair question, so I’m going to explain the limitations of Windows Kiosk Mode and when there is a need for kiosk software.
The short answer is that kiosk software makes up for the short comings in Windows Kiosk Mode and adds an additional layer of security and ease of use to get you up and running quickly without all the headaches.
Our kiosk software is designed to be so simple that no nerd degree is required.
You’re probably reading this article because you’ve decided to put your website on a self-service kiosk or tablet. Rather than requiring your customers to enter all of their payment information, it makes more sense to have them swipe their credit card and process the transaction like a POS.
This also results in lower fees from the credit card processor, which is always a big plus.
This example also processes the payment via Authorize.Net, which you can optionally substitute for your own payment gateway. Please contact us if you want help substituting a different payment gateway.
Lately we’ve been getting a lot of requests to run Google Chrome from KioskSimple. In response to popular demand we’re pleased to announce that we’ll be adding support for WebKit in early 2015. In case you’re not familiar with WebKit, it’s the HTML rendering engine used in Apple Safari and a fork of the project is used in Google Chrome. The bottom line is, if you love the look and feel of Chrome or Safari, then you’ll love WebKit. Continue reading “How Can I Run Chrome or Safari from My Kiosk?”
By starting your web browser in “kiosk mode” it effectively converts the web browser into a self-service kiosk application. The goal of running your web browser in kiosk mode is to “cripple” the web browser so that all of the typical web browser navigation functions are stripped away, giving you complete control over the users experience.
The problem is this still leaves the Windows operating system vulnerable to user tampering since it’s trivial to exit most web browsers by pressing Alt-F4 (and several other methods) and thereby dropping to the Windows desktop. This is why we created KioskSimple, to not only run your web browser in kiosk mode, but actually secure the Windows operating system. In many cases you’ll also want to control the web content users will be permitted to access and limit it to that of your organization which is also made possible by KioskSimple. Continue reading “How to Start Your Web Browser in Kiosk Mode with KioskSimple”