Securing your kiosk is more than just the physical considerations, it also incorporates the software. Safeguarding your network before going live is vital. Applications that rely on web-based content in public locations are particularly vulnerable to becoming unsecure. Locking down the software will protect the user and their private information, which is being exposed in public places more frequently as kiosks become more mainstream.
Kiosk browser software minimises the possible risks to your network. Protect your operating system by locking down on user access. Restricting users can obstruct any attempt to access areas of the control system and manipulate the network. Browser software also allows you to track usage for security and analysis purposes.
With an internet kiosk, managing access is a large aspect of securing your network, by controlling website viewing, blocking unrelated sites and disabling downloads. By limiting access to the browser bar and obstructing access to certain domains/pages, your system will be a lot more secure. This also involves filtering which pop-ups can be displayed on your screen and immobilising unwanted keyboard short cuts.
Harmful viruses could affect the overall performance of your kiosk network, which has a significant impact on the user experience. However, the risk is low if unauthorised access is successfully blocked.
Take the right precautions in securing the software and your kiosk will thrive in its environment and ensure a positive user experience.