How to Run Your Website Using Kiosk Browser Software

Need to run your website on a public facing kiosk or tablet?  In this article we’re going to cover the basic steps, including configuring the kiosk browser software.

This article will cover:

  • Device selection (kiosk or tablet)
  • Configuring the kiosk browser software
  • Deployment

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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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How to Display a Menu of Websites On Your Kiosk

In order to make it easy to navigate between a series of websites on your kiosk we’ve added a menu feature to KioskSimple.

This is particularly useful if you’re allowing users to navigate away from your website to 3rd party websites.

In the case of a 3rd party website you probably don’t control their content and it will be difficult for users to find their way back to your website.

In this short article I’ll show you just how simple we’ve made it to  create a menu of websites so your users can always find their way back home.

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How to Filter Websites on Your Kiosk Web Browser

Need to filter websites your users can view on your public facing kiosk or POS?

The lack of website filtering can result in any number of issues including…

  • Malicious users installing viruses or malware
  • Credit card fraud and identity theft
  • Viewing of explicit or other inappropriate websites
  • Loss of sales
  • System downtime and much more

We’ve made it easy to filter websites your users can view using a powerful whitelist and blacklist.

The following example shows just how easy it is to filter websites with KioskSimple.

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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 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 Use a Credit Card Reader to Populate Payment Fields on a Website in JavaScript

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Magtek USB HID credit card reader

Want to automatically populate the payment fields on your website with a credit card reader?  We’ve made this really easy to accomplish using a little JavaScript, KioskSimple and a Magtek credit card reader.

I’m guessing you’re reading this article because you’ve decided to place your Ecommerce website on a self-service kiosk and want to save time with data entry when processing payments.

In this example I’ll create a simple HTML payment form and use JavaScript to communicate with a Magtek credit card reader to auto-populate the payment fields. Continue reading “How to Use a Credit Card Reader to Populate Payment Fields on a Website in JavaScript”

How Can I Run Chrome or Safari from My Kiosk?

google-chrome-logoLately 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?”

Setting Up a Time Tracking Kiosk with KioskSimple

Secure your time tracking Kiosk with KioskSimpleKioskSimple makes it easy for organizations of any size to make their time tracking website securely accessible from a self-service kiosk.  This way workers can use a central kiosk or Windows tablet to log their time.  In this example I’ll be using the eBillity Time Tracker web app from the Intuit App Center, but it would work fine with other time tracking websites also. Continue reading “Setting Up a Time Tracking Kiosk with KioskSimple”

Start Internet Explorer in Kiosk Mode with KioskSimple

Internet Explorer Kiosk ModeKioskSimple makes it a breeze to start Internet Explorer in “kiosk mode” and convert your PC into a self-service kiosk in just a few easy steps.  This is a great option if your kiosk content is HTML based and you want to display it via the Internet Explorer web browser. Continue reading “Start Internet Explorer in Kiosk Mode with KioskSimple”