ThinKiosk Key Features
ThinKiosk delivers a number of features for Endpoint Security, Central Management and Unified End User Experience, for both office and remote working environments.
Deliver a secure, locked-down workspace environment, allowing end users to connect safely to their remote desktop and app environments from any Windows device, PC or laptop.
Integrated Secure Browsing
The ThinKiosk secure workspace features an integrated, secure web browser, which allows end users to securely browse the internet when working from multiple different locations, based on a central policy set and managed by IT.
Full Device Lock-Down
Any devices now running the ThinKiosk software defined thin client software, on either a PC or laptop, denies an end user from having access to the underlying Windows operating system, effectively disabling it, and making the device completely secure.
USB Device Blocking
An enhanced security feature built-in to ThinKiosk, is its ability to block USB devices that end users plug in to their ThinKiosk thin client. USB devices are often seen as one of the main causes security breaches and data leakage within an organization.
Windows Security Center Detection
One of the advanced management features of ThinKiosk gives IT the ability to proactively check other security components of the thin client device operating system. Components such as Firewall Protection, Anti Virus, and Anti Spyware protection, as well as Windows Updates can all be monitored.
Windows Patch Management
IT departments can easily control the Windows Update feature to ensure that end users are not disrupted by the update process, and that only the updates that have been tried and tested are applied to the thin client devices.
Windows Firewall Control
With the Windows Firewall Control feature, IT can now fully configure the Windows Firewall feature automatically. IT can remove any existing firewall rules, or configure new firewall rules, and manage this centrally all from the ThinKiosk Management Platform and the Profile Editor.
Application Execution Prevention
The ThinKiosk AEP feature adds an additional layer of security to ThinKiosk by preventing the execution of unauthorized applications. Employing a rules-based system, IT administrators can now configure exactly which applications end users are allowed to launch on their endpoint device.
For IT teams, ThinKiosk delivers a single pane of glass from where they can manage the entire estate of repurposed devices, allowing them to ensure they are up to date, secure and compliant.
This allows the IT department to delegate different administrative tasks to different people, teams, or departments within the organization while permissions can be configured granularly to allow a specific user to be able to just view an environment, have full control over an environment.
ThinKiosk is fully location aware, meaning that it’s contextually aware when it comes to the different and varied locations from which an end user could be connecting from. This feature enables truly mobile working.
Third-party Application Deployment Tools
As well as the ability to centrally deploy updates to the ThinKiosk thin clients in your environment, the ThinScale Management Server also enables IT to update any third-party software components that are installed on the ThinKiosk thin clients.
Supports all leading remote desktop and application solutions such as Citrix, VMware, and Microsoft. As a software-defined solution ThinKiosk is not tied to any specific hardware, eliminating vendor lock-in.
Simplified Support & Management
Once deployed, ThinKiosk allows the IT department to not only manage and update the repurposed thin client device and the software running on it, but to also provide remote support to the end users without the need of a desk-side engineer visit.
Centralized Profile Configuration
With ThinKiosk, IT administrators can configure profiles that define how a ThinKiosk thin client behaves. The profiles define settings from appearance settings, through to security settings.
Wi-Fi Connection Management
ThinKiosk allows end users to configure Wi-Fi connectivity using its own built-in interface for managing Wi-Fi connections. This simplified interface provides access to available Wi-Fi networks and the ability to manage them.
Scalable Enterprise Architecture
ThinKiosk can scale to convert thousands of Windows-based PCs into centrally managed thin client devices, all controlled from a centralized management platform. The ThinScale Management Server is designed to support a distributed client environment, allowing you to manage both HQ offices as well as remote branch office locations.
Citrix and VMware Ready
ThinScale solutions are certified to run with Citrix XenDesktop and XenApp, as well as VMware Horizon virtual desktop and application solutions. As such ThinScale are part of the official Citrix Ready program and VMware Technical Alliance Program.
Fast & Simple Deployment
Installation takes just minutes, and is simply a case of deploying the ThinScale Management Server and connecting to it via the ThinScale Management Console. There is no need to change your existing processes, and no need for dual-booting devices or booting from external USB devices.
From an end user's perspective, they have access to the ThinKiosk Workspace via an intuitive, familiar Windows style interface, further enhanced by features that allow seamless interaction between the device and the remote environment.
Single Sign On
End users only need to log in once to their ThinKiosk Secure Workspace, when they use their standard Windows username and password, or if they login using the integrated support for leading smart card solutions. Either way this reduces both the number of passwords required and the number of helpdesk calls for forgotten passwords.
Published & Local Application Support
ThinKiosk enables end users to have access to their locally installed applications, remote applications and remote desktop resources (both published and full virtual desktops) directly from their ThinKiosk Secure Workspace and all governed by centrally managed polices when it comes to which users can have access to which resources.
Simplified Access to Remote Resources
ThinKiosk integrates seamlessly into your remote desktop and application environments enabling end users to quickly connect and launch virtual and published desktops or remote applications. Configuration files for connecting are integrated directly into ThinKiosk and accessed from the ThinKiosk secure workspace.
Windows PC Levels of Performance
Converting PCs into Windows-based thin clients with ThinKiosk, as well as delivering a significant reduction in hardware costs, also means that an organisation can leverage the power and performance of existing PC’s to continue supporting business environments.
As thin clients are popular in healthcare environments, ThinKiosk thin clients, as well as boasting it’s own integrated security features such as single sign on, also adds the ability to seamlessly integrate with leading smart card solutions, as well as third-party SSO vendors.
Local settings configuration
Just like the Windows OS, end users can have access to local configuration settings within their ThinKiosk workspace environment. This allows them to configure things such as change display settings, keyboard settings and the ability to connect to different wireless networks.
Secure tabbed browsing
ThinKiosk has it’s own integrated web browser which is fully compatible with websites as it utilises the browser rendering engine used in Microsoft Internet Explorer, with the ability to open multiple tabs. This allows end users to securely browse Internet sites based on policy set by the IT department.
Unified workspace user interface
The ThinKiosk secure workspace environment that enables end users to have access to their locally installed applications, remote applications, and remote desktop resources (both published and full virtual desktops) directly from their ThinKiosk Secure Workspace.
Using existing Windows-based devices and repurposing them as ThinKiosk Windows-based thin clients ensures that this hardware compatibility is maintained, the appropriate device drivers are certified and still available, and therefore the devices can continue to be used.
ThinKiosk Magic Filter is a dynamic key press pass-through feature that traps the local Ctrl + Alt + Del and Windows + L keystrokes and as the end user does not have access to the underlying device OS, passes them directly to the remote desktop or application environment.