Use the Browser in Kiosk Mode

Browser kiosk mode is an option when you are operating any kind public terminal with anonymous access, e. g.:

  • Educational service in a musem
  • Service terminals or ticket vending machines for public transport
  • Entry portal for a corporate intranet

Albeit configuring an IGEL Linux device for browser kiosk mode may seem quite extensive, you have the possibility to define your own flavour of kiosk mode. Consider the following settings.

Settings in Setup > Sessions > Browser Sessions > [Session Name]

Activate Autostart.

Activate Restart.

Settings in Setup > Sessions > Browser Sessions > [Session Name] > Settings

Set When browser starts to Show my home page.

Set Home Page to the desired home page.

Settings in Setup > Sessions > Browser Sessions > [Session Name] > Settings > Tabs

Set New pages should be opened in to the current window or to a new tab.

Settings in Setup > Sessions > Browser Sessions > [Session Name] > Settings > Content

If applicable, activate Block pop-up windows.

Activate Load images automatically.

Activate Enable JavaScript if desired, and adapt the actions permitted for JavaScript according to your needs.

Settings in Setup > Sessions > Browser Sessions > [Session Name] > Settings > Privacy

Set Save Browsing History (in days) to Do not save History.

Deactivate Save information entered in forms and the Search bar.

Deactivate Remember Passwords.

Activate Clear private data when closing browser.

Activate all items in the area Select the items to be cleared.

If you want to suppress any tracking of the user's activities, activate Allow private browsing feature and Always start in private browsing mode.

If applicable, activate Enable "Do Not Track" feature.

To make the browser block domains and websites which are known for tracking users, activate Enable built-in tracking protection.

Settings in Setup > Sessions > Browser Sessions > [Session Name] > Settings > Security

To enable phishing protection, activate Safe Browsing.

To enable protection against malicious downloads, activate Malware Protection.

Settings in Setup > Browser Sessions > [Session Name] > Settings > Restart

Activate Restart. The browser will restart automatically if a user closes the browser window.

If you want the browser to restart automatically after some idle time, activate Restart Timeout enabled and set a Restart Timeout in minutes.

Settings in Setup > Browser Sessions > [Session Name] > Window

If the browser shall run in fullscreen mode, activate Start in Fullscreen Mode.

If necessary, select the correct Start Monitor.

Activate Hide local filesystem.

Activate Hide configuration page of the browser.

Settings in Setup > Browser Sessions > [Session Name] > Settings > Menus & Toolbar

Activate Hide App Menu/Menu Bar.

Select which menus and toolbars are to be hidden.

Deactivate User Customization of toolbars.

Disabling access to Developer Tools

To disable access to the developers tools, add the following custom preference.

For general instructions on adding custom preferences, see Set Advanced User Preferences for the Browser.


Mode

pref

Custom pference

devtools.toolbox.host

Type

String

Value

(leave the value field empty)

Disabling crash reports

To disable crash reports, add the following three custom preferences.

For general instructions on adding custom preferences, see Set Advanced User Preferences for the Browser.


Mode

pref

Custom pference

datareporting.policy.dataSubmission

Type

Boolean

Value

false



Mode

pref

Custom pference

datareporting.healthreport.upload

Type

Boolean

Value

false



Mode

pref

Custom pference

toolkit.telemetry

Type

Boolean

Value

false

Last update: May 13, 2019