Kiosk Fortres 101 2 Minute Kiosk Creation & Acclaimed Kiosk Lockdown Security Easily configure Kiosk computers from a single screen, allowing a 2 minute complete configuration providing all automation & security necessary. Comprehensive Support for Public Kiosks. Kiosk Mode refers to a configuration where a computer boots, automatically logs on as some user, starts a single application (typically Internet Explorer), does not let the user close the application, and prevents the user from interacting with the computer, in any way, not controlled specifically by that single application. Fortres 101 allows for the easy configuration of computer Kiosks from a single screen, allowing a two minute complete configuration providing all automation and security necessary. Simply turn Kiosk Mode on, specify the Kiosk app or web page to launch upon logon, specify the auto logon credentials, save settings, and reboot. Upon the next boot the computer will log on as the Kiosk user and launch the web page or Kiosk program in full screen mode.
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The end user will be confined to the Kiosk application. Machines configured with Fortres 101 Kiosk software can be easily imaged, deployed, and centrally managed using. Automatic Logon With Fortres 101 there is no need to go monkey funking with the finicky and fragile auto-logon mechanisms in Windows. Fortres 101 asks that you merely provide the logon credentials through a well-documented and easy to understand interface a single time. Without Fortres 101, for whatever reason (Windows Update, Interrupted Boot cycle, noisy network connections, etc.) sometimes the Windows auto-logon facility just stops working. With Fortres 101 the Windows auto-logon service is continually monitored and then repaired automatically whenever necessary. Automatic Launch of Kiosk Application.
With Fortres 101 there is no need to go monkey funking with the finicky and fragile auto-logon mechanisms in Windows. Fortres 101 will launch anything that you need it to during startup to kick off your Kiosk application. There is no need to edit the registry, drop things in startup folders, create shortcuts, bind command lines, etc.
Fortres 101 makes it easy to specify a starting web page, file, or application (with or without command line parameters). And it is easy to test your configuration without rebooting or even closing the Fortres 101 interface. Easy Fine Grained Control Over Allowed User Actions Fortres 101 allows control over what keystrokes are sent to the Kiosk application, making it easy to block the features of Internet Explorer (or any other application running in Kiosk Mode). Of course Fortres 101 can block (and by default, in Kiosk Mode, it does block) CTRL-ALT-DEL and all other system attention, shell attention, and window manipulation request key combinations (ALT-F4, CTRL-ESC, Windows Key, ALT-Tab, etc.). Robust Security Infrastructure The Kiosk Mode feature set is built on top of Fortres 101, the most robust, flexible, and feature rich restrictive security application for Windows. With over 60 thousands customers from every state and over 50 countries, Fortres 101 has the mileage and stability to easily protect Kiosk software environments.
Easy Maintenance. Fortres 101 can block (and by default, in Kiosk Mode, it does block) CTRL-ALT-DEL and all other system attention, shell attention, and window manipulation request key combinations (ALT-F4, CTRL-ESC, Windows Key, ALT-Tab, etc.) Since Fortres 101 does not rely on Windows Group Policies, all security can be turned on and off without rebooting or logging on as a different user, or without even closing the Kiosk application. Also, Central Control allows for the easy remote configuration of all Fortres 101 security and Kiosk features. Kiosk machines can be configured individually or in groups of thousands. Fully Functional 30 Day Demo Fortres 101 has a no risk full product trial available as a simple download.
Set up your Kiosk with Fortres 101 right now. Once you decide to deploy, there is no reinstallation required. Fortres 101 installs with default security parameters perfectly tuned for Kiosk deployment.
No knowledge of Windows security details or configuration best practices is required. Simply install Fortres 101, open the interface by pressing CTRL+SHIFT+F, visit the Kiosk Mode page to enable and configure, and save your setup. Two minutes after installation you can have your Kiosk machine securely functioning and ready for service. Fortres 101 is that great application that does not become a part of your life. After you install it and configure the Kiosk Mode, it will never need your attention again. Central Control v.10 Easy Remote Administration of your Fortres 101 & Clean Slate Clients Central Control allows an administrator to configure all of the Fortres 101 and Clean Slate installations from one location. For more information on Central Control,.
Enhance Fortres 101 security with Central Control network software. • Quickly enable/disable security for all computers. • Control Fortres 101 security based on computer, user, or group. • Shut down, log off, and restart remote computers. • Customize Fortres 101 security based on computer, user, or group. • Upgrade/update remote Fortres 101 installations. • Builds on existing LDAP network of users of groups.
• One configuration screen for two powerful security products: Fortres 101 and Clean Slate. • Create, delete, and edit users and groups. • User and group settings follow the user to every computer on the network. • Centrally store and manage configuration files. • Supports Windows Server 2012/2008/2003/2000 and can read users from any LDAP server.
To learn more about Central Control,. Please Note: Fortres 101 is designed to be installed on desktop operating systems. We do not recommend installing Fortres 101 on a Windows NT Server, Windows NT Terminal Server, or Windows 2000 Server computer.
As such, we do not provide technical support for Fortres 101 when it is installed on these network operating systems. • Save Money: Stay current with the versions to assure discounted upgrade prices • Easy to Upgrade: The Fortres 101 conversion wizard carries your security settings from the previous version • Have Confidence: Maintaining the current version provides the most robust security • Allow access to only the programs you want • Easily prevent Internet Explorer, or any other program from running • Know your computers are safe from unwanted programs and files being used and installed from removable media and remote drives • Set the default home page in a Web browser and know it will never be changed. • Multiple levels of administrative access determined by user name and password • You determine what access the user has to the Breadcrumb Bar, Navigation Buttons, Side Bar, and Gadgets in the Side Bar • Easily restrict or allow printing • Optional Status Icon in the System Tray • Automatically configures itself to allow common programs to run normally without Fortres 101 interference • Dynamic group policy layer aids customization without having to resort to Group Policy Editor • Reduce support costs • Diminish computer downtime • Easily secure your computers for administrator logon. Running Fortres 101 and Clean Slate together is pretty awesome. The products and support staff are excellent. Anytime we've had a question or problem, the support staff has always been able to answer the question, of fix the problem. It's rare that you get support like that anymore.
We have approximately 1,200 computers running Windows. We have been running Fortres 101 and Central Control for about 4 years. It's been great in the classroom keeping students from accidentally or purposely deleting software or changing system settings. We started having trouble with computers getting inundated with spyware and corrupting the web browser, so we started loading Clean Slate this summer.
What a great combo. I am a very happy customer. As the School Technology Coordinator for Woodford County High School in Versailles, IY, Linda Cook found an easy way to stop students from breaking into the school's computer system. About five years ago, she purchased software from Fortres Grand Corp., based in Plymouth, IN, and to this day, hasn't experienced any problems from hackers.
Several student hackers have tried to get around (Fortres 101) but haven't been able to break into the system. I've even asked some of them to try to do it right in front of me. For the past five years, no student has been able to do so. The software has been a lifesaver for my computer labs and our school system as a whole. – Review Published in Media and Methods Magazine. Click here to read the full review (requires Adobe Acrobat).
About four years ago, we were literally pulling our hair out, trying to keep up with the changes that our Industrial Electricity/Electronics students were inflicting on our lab computers. The students felt a need to demonstrate their knowledge and expertise in altering the Windows desktop, moving or deleting icons, deleting or renaming files, etc. After seeing an ad for Fortres 101 in Tech Directions magazine, I tried the demo.
We were so impressed that we ordered enough licenses to enable us to install Fortres on all of our lab computers. Fortres has been a Godsend! We were able to restrict the students' access to certain applications as well as what the students could and could not do. The setup of our computers remained constant. This made it easier to teach.
The applications always ran. We did not lose productive time by constantly having to reconfigure the computers. We were in heaven! This year, we are offering an Introduction to Computers course.
We will be teaching the students about Windows and Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access, Outlook, and Power Point). We recognized that we were going to have a problem. We needed to allow the students the ability to alter Windows so that they could learn how to use Windows (things like renaming files, copying, deleting, appearance, views, etc.). Our challenge was how to allow this, and yet keep the setup and operation of the computers consistent so that we could teach the course. We did not know how we could continue to run Fortres and yet give the students the freedom they needed to learn all of the features of Windows and Office. We felt we would have to uninstall or deactivate Fortres, which would put us in the same situation that we were in four years ago.
We were very concerned about how we were going to tolerate the 'problems' that we knew would come. – Rock Hill, SC.
I'm a computer consultant here in town and support a wide range of companies. However, one stands out in my mind above any other because I've been struggling with keeping computers in their mall kiosk alive and running.
As just about anyone else has stated on here, it seems like people have the desire to use/abuse/break ANYTHING that you put in front of them. I was altering the registry, breaking things completely, and half trashing computers to get them locked down to the point they'd last 6 months without a rebuild.
I found Fortres 101 through a friend who stated they were rated high and recommended all over. I downloaded the demo, purchased the software the next day. I've placed the software on every computer as I had to rebuild it.
And haven't touched any of them for the purpose since! – Janesville, WI. We have been using Fortres in the Gladwin Community Schools now for more than 2 years. We are a school district of approximately 2000 students. The amount of time we have spent solving 'little' problems because of what goes wrong with computers or how students (and staff) mess up our computers have been greatly reduced.
Fortres has been very easy to implement, and deactivating it to install software, make changes, etc. Is a very simple process. We got some resistance from staff at first for locking down their computers, but they have agreed that it is definitely worth it to greatly reduce 'down time' with their computers. We looked at samples and trials of other products designed to do the same thing, but found them cumbersome to use. Fortres has allowed me to save computer 'fix it' time so I can do more of what I was hired to do: teach students and staff how to use computers.
– Gladwin, MI. I have had Fortres for over 2 years. Everyday 117 inmates frequent our classes. At first they were really trying to regain control. I learned and I am glad that no one case of failure has shown up and further more Fortres is as stabile as our network and confidence has been reestablished. The teachers are no longer afraid to invest their time in creating teaching tools because they are sure that the system will not fail them. Should I point out that Fortres 101 has paid for itself ten fold?
– Quebec, Canada. Anyone got any bright idea of what I can do being able to run a command.com from the emulated Windows 98 DOS prompt. Since it is running from the Windows shell, and fortres is enabled on the Windows machine I want to gain access to, the restrictions are all the same. For some stupid reason our admin enabled the command.com option, probably as a backdoor for himself somehow. I tried renaming/deleting/moving files from there but it wont let me since fortres is running. I also tried to edit the config.sys and autoexec.bat, but no luck. RESPONSE: They do this, because there is not much harm you can do from a dos prompt if the system is set up.
I've thought about lots of stuff. And I've tried to get around fortres in many ways.the only thing that worked was to get the password.
– Found on a Hacker Web site. We have computers placed in several correctional facility libraries.
Security and safety are concerns to us, as well as to the CF staff at each institution. We install Fortres 101 on each machine we locate in a State or County prison facility. Fortres 101 software received a very favorable review from one prison staff member who invested time trying to crack or hack it before allowing the computer on which it was installed to be made available for inmate use. He was impressed that he had failed! So was I, since I know this guy knows his stuff. – Upstate New York. I worked with my High School's systems administrator my sophomore through senior year, as an assistant admin.
We ran Fortres on every computer in the school. I can't count the number of other students who I heard griping about how there was no way to get around Fortres to get to programs, such as TelNet, which they wanted to use to hack other computers.
We actually had a competition between the students who thought they were 'hackers' to see if any of them could break through Fortres' security. Needless to say not a single student was able to do anything that we didn't want them to. I now run fortres on my own computer to keep my roommates from causing any problems and have convinced my office, where I am once again a Systems Administrator, to run it in conjunction with Windows XP's own security programs. – Bloomington, IL.
Fortres 101 was a stark contrast (from other security products). I installed it in less than a minute and never even had to reboot, it was running instantly. This was a very impressive utility which had far more features than I would ever need. Fortres was the only program that left the operating system looking normal but locked up tighter than the chocolate biscuit tin in the staff room. The great thing with Fortres was that at the touch of a key combination, the prompt for the password came up and the security could be turned off.
Very quick and easy indeed. Fortres lets you turn off the security, install a CD and turn it back on without ever rebooting or feeling like you've left windows. – Found on a ListServ.
Your product is a life saver when it comes to keeping people out of our public systems. In this particular case, 'people' would be children who have already done in one system in the Activity Center and, yesterday, one in the library. Seems they like to go in and download games, put passwords on them, etc. One of the library computers has an NT operating system, but that is not a user friendly system in our environment. It is much easier to use Fortres 101.
Thanks again for your great customer service. – Anonymous Testimony.
I have a project on the table right now. I work at a city and we are working on setting up a computer lab for students to use. This will be mainly for homework but they also want to use the computers for a science lab(So I'm guessing Mathematica at least) and potentially games.
I am looking into solutions both for the computer and for security. We are going between using thin/zero clients like NComputing, or setting up desktops. Which would be better. It will be a lab for homework first but they may request more. Second will be security.
We would like to have a login account per computer. We know for a fact that these computers cannot be on the city AD domain. So is there any way to manage them in an internal network? We are considering both having them use the City network, or getting them their own internet connection. Is the cost worth having them on their own network? Thanks Spiceheads. Zazathebassist wrote: I have a project on the table right now.
I work at a city and we are working on setting up a computer lab for students to use. This will be mainly for homework but they also want to use the computers for a science lab(So I'm guessing Mathematica at least) and potentially games. I am looking into solutions both for the computer and for security. We are going between using thin/zero clients like NComputing, or setting up desktops. Which would be better.
It will be a lab for homework first but they may request more. Download Sdl Trados 2007 Suite Professional Property. Second will be security. We would like to have a login account per computer. We know for a fact that these computers cannot be on the city AD domain. So is there any way to manage them in an internal network?
We are considering both having them use the City network, or getting them their own internet connection. Is the cost worth having them on their own network? Thanks Spiceheads The links from Jimmy T are great. Your solution will really depend on how much access you want to provide users... If you want them to be restricted in their activities and browsing, you will need more of a kiosk software solution. If you want them to be able to use programs that are not browser-based, you'll find that Deep Freeze or Restore Reboot RX would protect the device without restricting access. KioWare for Windows has an easy set up and works to secure your OS - it supports the Chrome Browser (built on Chromium) and there is an original KioWare (Classic) for Windows built on IE.
You can limit your device to accessing only the allowed websites and browser based applications. It clears private data between sessions, and protects from unauthorized access and malicious behavior.
I've tagged others who may want to chime in here. As for networked, as long as you are restricting access using kiosk software, there's no reason to have them on a separate network. 'It Depends.' Would model the setup to how the local library configures general use, patron computers. Number of computers would be good to know (e.g., 10 stations is much different than 1,000 stations). Borrowing from an existing VDI infrastructure would be good, if only to tap into those admins' on-hand expertise..
Wrote.looking into a way to either make these kiosks or setup something like Faronics DeepFreeze or Computer Restore Rx. DeepFreeze in particular has been a de facto standard for elementary schools.. Zazathebassist wrote.want to use the computers for a science lab(So I'm guessing Mathematica at least).Not sure how that thought immediately jumped to the professional grade Mathematica.
Hey zaza, You've gotten some great advice from people so far already. I'm just here to say if you do decide to check out Reboot Restore Rx or our other software Drive Vaccine, then I'm here to answer any questions you may have about them. As Laura mentioned (thanks Laura!), we're not a restrictive software. We're more about ensuring the drive has a safe state to load into that undoes what the previous user did.
If you need to lockdown, etc., then kiosk might be more your thing! In the end I'd recommend testing 'em all out to see what suits you best. Zazathebassist wrote: We are looking into setting up about 10 computers. I like the Deep Freeze solution. We don't quite know the scope of the lab, it feels like it's one of those projects where they find out something can be done and immediately want it.
As for Mathematica, it's just what I'm familiar with. I wasn't expecting exactly that, it was an example. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions - we a number of products that we can use in this type of situation. Some are completely non-restrictive, others can lock the machine down into a kiosk configuration, and some straddle the middle line. Personally I would look at running Deep Freeze to keep the configuration 'fresh' and then look at our Anti-Executable to prevent unauthorized applications from running.
Obviously you would still need a AV solution (we have one as well), and if you don't have a domain you might want to look at a kiosk application like WINSelect or KioWare to restrict where users can go on the machine. As suggested the best thing we can suggest is for you to give them a try. If you wanted to drop me a PM with your contact information we can get whatever you would like in place for a trial, and as I said earlier - any questions just let us know! Laura from KioWare tagged me on this one, thanks this is right up my alley! I have worked everything from one off labs to prison schools to standard classrooms. The first thing everyone setting up a lab seems to miss is the room layout. You will solve 95-98% of all issues simply arranging the room so all screens can be seen by the instructor at all times without moving.
The picture above shows the error quite clearly, in that arrangement the instructor standing at any point can see less than 50% of the screen activity at any time. Even systems like LanSchool have big limits, they are useful but if a room monitor leaves their station you will have the problem. Lay out the room so all screens can be seen by the instructor and other students all the time.
Less problems when the user does not know who or how many are looking at any time. From here is is what OS do you want to use? If your stuck with Windows then several of the suggestions above are pretty good.
The kiosk type setup will save you a lot of headaches and will be easier to setup and manage. For the background systems look at 'Internet Cafe' type setup for your system. You can assign single use passwords for the user for the day and several other options. Once the password has expired they cannot get in without being issued another one. If you can go Linux I would still suggest the 'Internet Cafe' type setup.
Several options on this one, just Google it. I would suggest setting up a stand-alone system with a proxy/filtering system in between your network and any others. This means your own DHCP/DNS system and a proxy system. Easy to do with many Linux distros even if you use Windows clients. With the kiosk type setup AD is not really needed. The proxy will separate your students from any other network connectivity you have so less security issues with your neighbors! It sounds like you are doing this for a library.
My personal preference would be traditional desktop computers (unless you have an existing VDI environment, otherwise its too much of a hassle for only 10 endpoints) with two accounts configured. One admin account and a user account that is locked down thru local security policy.
I would also recommend putting these on a separate VLAN/Subnet with its own DHCP server (you could use an existing with an ip-helper command and an additional DHCP subnet configured, but thats a potential security risk) and using ACL's to prevent these machines from talking to your other endpoints on the city network, but allowing them access to the internet at the same time. Also, make sure that you are CIPA compliant by implementing a content filtering solution. You may also be eligible for federal e-rate funding if you are a library and have content filtering in place. Are you sure you can't manage those computers though AD? If not then I recommend the following steps: 1) Setup a basic account with user rights (no admin rights of course) 2) Install Avast for Business (FREE), you will have a control panel where you will see all the detections, you can setup a password on Avast, so they will not be able to change anything or turn it OFF, you can manage exclusions, schedule updates etc 3) Disable web-sites you do not permit to use via a hardware Firewall you have in place 4) Install all needed Software remotely using PDQ Deploy This way you will manage these computers mostly remotely without the need of AD.
If you already have a VDI environment such as VMware, that is what we did the past two summers in labs at our school district. We had around 150 of the NComputing devices and they were horrible when you tried to scale them out. We have around 300 VDI thin clients deployed and we have no issues anymore with stability issues. We installed the Tereadici Apex 2600 offload cards in our servers and all of our desktops refresh upon logout.
I had one lab last year that was a constant issue trying to get stuff to stay running. We converted the PC's to ThinPC and made them into Thin Clients and the issues dropped almost to zero. The issues I have had has been mice and keyboard issues.
I spent some years in K12 - desktops are typically the fastest to setup in my experience. We used FOG to image which made it easy to setup one master and then deploy it out. Setup all the settings in one shot and go. Towards the end of my time we started using PDQ Deploy to shrink image sizes and speed up deployments. PDQ allowed us to rollout application packages with new PCs as well as keep the plugins and extra software up to date ongong. If a PC is hosed, push the image, deploy the apps, and done.
We had multiple images, and worked on 800 devices every summer. I also setup thin clients in our part of district. A good thin client is not much cheaper than a decent refurbished PC and takes more time to setup initially. Once you're up it's not bad, but you'll have more upfront setup time and users will almost always notice that they're not on a real computer. Our solution was not true VDI, but thin clients using RDP - could have been better. I would have went PC if I could do it over, but it was educational for me.
We tried NComputing - I would not recommend it. Final thought - have you talked to the local schools in your area to understand what direction they're going? What if they're getting into Google Apps or Office 365 and for homework all students need is internet?I know my goal prior to leaving EDU was getting as much on the web as possible. This way kids and teachers could work from anywhere on pretty much any device. We were also doing 1 to 1 laptop programs, but we had kids without internet at home.
Maybe better wifi and desks to work on might fit the need instead of workstations. Something to consider.
Adam (Faronics) wrote: zazathebassist wrote: We are looking into setting up about 10 computers. I like the Deep Freeze solution. We don't quite know the scope of the lab, it feels like it's one of those projects where they find out something can be done and immediately want it. As for Mathematica, it's just what I'm familiar with. I wasn't expecting exactly that, it was an example. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions - we a number of products that we can use in this type of situation. Some are completely non-restrictive, others can lock the machine down into a kiosk configuration, and some straddle the middle line. Personally I would look at running Deep Freeze to keep the configuration 'fresh' and then look at our Anti-Executable to prevent unauthorized applications from running.
Obviously you would still need a AV solution (we have one as well), and if you don't have a domain you might want to look at a kiosk application like WINSelect or KioWare to restrict where users can go on the machine. As suggested the best thing we can suggest is for you to give them a try. If you wanted to drop me a PM with your contact information we can get whatever you would like in place for a trial, and as I said earlier - any questions just let us know! Used this at a junior high school, it works pretty dang well provided you lock your BIOS down. Kids can do whatever you allow them to, then you restart the computer and everything's back to the way it should be. I work in a school district, and my last job was also a school district. Here's some of my experiences that may help: I would go with desktops for your setup as some of the science simulation software can be a little resource intensive.
Jim4232is spot on that placement is a key factor in reducing students from going where they shouldn't be going. I also agree that you should avoid a thin-client or nComputing setup. We used nComputing here for a while, and it wasn't too great on the resources of the computer it was installed on (desktops mostly). The thin client or thin PC approach also had issues with software updates to keep things current, because it caused issues with some programs (Plato, Infinite Campus, EverydayMath games, etc.), and if the server had an issue, an entire lab goes down. PC restoring software, like Deep Freeze, Windows Steady State (if you are still in the XP days), etc.
Are GREAT programs for problem resolution. A reboot solves most computer problems and in most cases gets rid of virus infections as well. Next I would recommend some sort of remote connection software, so either you or your staff can monitor and use computers from a distance. It also helps if the students know 'Hey at anytime they can connect and see what I'm doing'. Depending on what age range you are dealing with, I would also make sure that the network switch is nowhere in reach of any preteen / teen students or you will be dealing with loopbacks on your network. Finally, a good firewall and user education will go a long way to deal with any other problems you may run into.
Josh9374 wrote: Used this at a junior high school, it works pretty dang well provided you lock your BIOS down. Kids can do whatever you allow them to, then you restart the computer and everything's back to the way it should be. Oh so very much THIS. You have no idea how many people don't bother locking down the BIOS on systems when they deploy them and then wonder why things get messed with.
Beyond that I still see people not putting locks on the chassis of the public access computers they put out for people to use. If you don't physically secure the machine then it doesn't matter what software you install, the first person willing to crack the case (and they will) owns it.