How to Lockdown Your Browser – KioskSimple Kiosk Browser Lockdown

If you’re planning to run your website on a public facing PC or tablet, it’s not hard to imagine what could go wrong if a malicious user were to hijack control of your web browser.  KioskSimple is the kiosk browser lockdown software designed specifically to secure your web browser.

Recently a pornographic video appeared on a kiosk touchscreen at Washington D.C.’s Union Station which was caused by someone who gained access to the kiosk’s desktop operating system that was not properly secured.

Continue reading to learn how KioskSimple kiosk browser lockdown software can help secure your public facing kiosks and tablets.

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9 Reasons to Develop Your Kiosk Application as a Native App

If you’re developing a kiosk application you’ve probably wondered what technology you should use.

The two most common options are creating a website or a native application.  In this article we’ll focus on the benefits of creating a native kiosk application.

Our developers have been creating large-scale, unattended payment applications for many years now and the following are the reasons we choose to develop our kiosk applications as a native application (typically in .NET WPF).

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Windows Kiosk Mode vs. Kiosk Software

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.

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How to Make Your Kiosk Software Project a Success – Part 2 Execution

In this short series on how to make your kiosk software project a success I’m going to focus on the development aspects of planning and launching a successful kiosk project.

In the first article I focused on the initial planning of your kiosk software project.  In the second part of this 2-part series I’m going to focus on executing your kiosk software project in a manner which helps ensure your success.

RedSwimmer has been developing custom kiosk software since 2007 with an emphasis on retail and unattended payment applications.

Since our background is in kiosk software development, this series will focus on the planning and development of your kiosk software, but also touch a little on the hardware side.

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How to Make Your Kiosk Software Project a Success – Part 1 Planning

In this short series on how to make your kiosk software project a success I’m going to focus on the development aspects of planning and launching a successful kiosk project.

RedSwimmer has been developing custom kiosk software since 2007 with an emphasis on retail and unattended payment applications.

Since our background is in kiosk software development, this series will focus on the planning and development of your kiosk software, but also touch a little on the hardware side.

The first article in this two-part series will focus on the initial planning of your kiosk software and the second article will focus on the execution.

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How to Integrate an MEI BNR Bill Recycler into Your Website with JavaScript

Dispense cash from your kiosk with an MEI BNR Bill Recycler
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It’s easy to dispense bills from your kiosk like a cashier when you integrate an MEI BNR bill recycler into your website using JavaScript and KioskSimple.  This article will include a detailed JavaScript website code example so you can try it out for free.

You’re probably reading this article because you’ve decided to create a website which needs to accept cash payments, but also needs to dispense change in whole bills.  Maybe your website is running on a self-service kiosk or unattended payment solution.

Integrating a bill recycler can be extremely time-consuming and dispensing cash from your kiosk is fraught with risk.  Fortunately we’ve done all the heavy lifting in KioskSimple to provide you with a high-level, simple and straightforward JavaScript API for the MEI BNR so you can get started dispensing cash quickly.

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How You Can Easily Prevent Credit Card Fraud at Your Kiosk

EMV kiosk softwareIf you operate a self-service kiosk or unattended payment terminal which accepts credit card payments then you’re probably already aware of the looming October 2015 liability shift.

Everyone is scrambling to integrate their payment systems with EMV compliant hardware, but according to CreditCall the typical EMV migration takes 22 months, so for many companies it may be a case of too little too late.

The good news is that by using an EMV payment gateway you can dramatically reduce your migration time and avoid being caught unprepared by the looming EMV liability shift deadline. Continue reading “How You Can Easily Prevent Credit Card Fraud at Your Kiosk”

How to Create a DIY Kiosk on the Cheap For Your Small Business

As a small business owner you recognize the value of self-service because it allows you to serve more customers with minimal staffing overhead.

In this article I’m going to give you the components to piece together a very economical do-it-yourself kiosk for your small business or startup for under $1000.

This example will cover a single DIY kiosk deployment, but could certainly be scaled to support a handful of kiosks.

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What’s Coming in 2015 for KioskSimple

It’s been an awesome 2015 for our team and we’re looking forward to a kick-ass 2015.  This year we had a great launch of KioskSimple, our flagship kiosk software product.  Below are just a few of our plans for the New Year.

  • KioskSimple support for Awesomium (for those who prefer the Google Chrome and Safari browsers)
  • Support for the MEI SCR bulk note recycler
  • Support for the MEI VNR
  • Support for popular EMV payment devices
  • Even more code examples of how to easily integrate your kiosk devices with KioskSimple
  • Phenomenal (and free) technical and developer support

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A Guide to Hacking Kiosk Applications

kiosksimplechassis_smallI’ve asked our kiosk application developers to come up with their best ideas on how they would go about hacking a kiosk application and compiled a list for you reading pleasure.  This is not intended to be a list of known exploits for any specific kiosk application, but rather a list of things our kiosk application developers would try if we were so inclined to hack a kiosk application.  We choose to focus on hacking the kiosk application itself not the hardware.  So brilliant ideas like tying the kiosk to the bumper of your pickup truck will not be included.  Disclaimer, this article is for educational purposes only to help you improve the security of your kiosk applications so don’t try this on a kiosk without permission. Continue reading “A Guide to Hacking Kiosk Applications”