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Inactivity auto logout

I would like to have an option to set a timeout value for users that will cause a logout after inactivity. One way to implement this would be to add a checkbox to the login form fields to be checked when using public computers. It would also be nice for an administrator to be able to set the maximum autologout timeout value.

We would like to have some terminals set up for day-of-event registration use by members. If users don't remember to logout, you have people accessing the accounts of others.

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  • Nina Cavanagh commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This also skews the "Most Active Members" information on the Dashboard. (but site data is another story ...)

  • Suzi commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I would like this feature too. As mentioned, it should work on WP single-sign-on login as well. I have tested closing the browser page when logged in as you mention below and it did not log me out. A WP plugin to log out due to inactivity does not log them out either.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Really surprised and disappointed that an inactivity logoff time is not integral to the system already. That's a standard in cybersecurity. It's seems like a true risk for the system to not log users off after a few minutes of inactivity - especially for those of us who are administrators. Please reconsider moving this security feature up in your development pipeline.

  • Jeff Baird commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This is a really important safeguard to add. Other people could potentially use your account if you work on any shared resources. Cyber security should always be at the forefront of our sites for our members.

  • Marion Golin commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I would like to add that from my testing, WA does not log me out even if I reboot my computer.

  • Marion Golin commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I would like this feature too. It should work on WP single-signon login as well. I have tested closing the browser page when logged in as you mention below and it did not log me out.

  • pwbillp commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Are you any closer to adding the feature to have users logged of say after 20 hours?

    Back in 2008, you were at:

    In any case, there is no way we can add this in the near future - too much other stuff already in the pipeline.

  • pwbillp commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Or are we wishing in one hand and ?? in the other.

    You think this was an easy add on.

  • waleed444 commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    simple way it can be a checkbox they have to check before being allowed to proceed with their renewal? Like terms of use?

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  • dssccsfa commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    We also would like to have this on our account. Currently there is no timeout period for our users. Having an admin configurable timeout period would be a great security feature.

    Thanks.

  • jlcs commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    As an administrator, to me it is more secure to have this timeout logoff available for me to set on the website. A lot of websites have this already, and I was really surprised to see this option was not available. I would think anything with a "logon" would have that available automatically as an option. If you can add it, that would be really great.

  • Evgeny Zaritovskiy commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Most users (we suppose) can just use "Remember me" checkbox (leave it empty). In this case as soon as you close the page in browser, you are logged out.

    But in your scenario I see that your site page is supposed to be open all the time and this will not work for you, right? This is Interesting idea. Does anybody else have this problem?

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