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Old 07-01-2010, 04:09 PM   #1
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Lightbulb LQ login times out too soon


(F.Y.I., this is not related to this post: http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...torily-815510/)

I do not click "remember me" because that is unsafe, especially on a public computer or laptop. I understand sessions and the security reasoning behind cleaning up dormant sessions.

But I have been "bumped out" after less than 10 minutes of inactivity (for example, I see a post and open new tabs to search other sites, but on LQ I remain on the same page). That is just way too short. Even without visiting other sites, if typing a technical answer that requires some thought, you paste the post-in-progress to a text editor to avoid losing it while I log in again!

It's not a nice choice between 10 minutes (ridiculously short) and "keep me logged in" (shouldn't be done -- not even at home if other people use the computer). Could you please make it more like 20 or 30 minutes?

I know some places go as long as 2 hours, but that's the other extreme. 20 or 30 minutes, pretty, pretty please?
 
Old 07-01-2010, 04:19 PM   #2
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The default session is 15 minutes, regardless of whether you check the "Remember Me" box or not. The difference is in how your session is stored. Keep in mind that you can check the "Remember Me" box and then manually log out, which will keep the benefits of using the standard "Remember Me" functionality while offering the security of not using it.

--jeremy
 
Old 07-01-2010, 04:28 PM   #3
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The default session is 15 minutes, regardless of whether you check the "Remember Me" box or not. The difference is in how your session is stored. Keep in mind that you can check the "Remember Me" box and then manually log out, which will keep the benefits of using the standard "Remember Me" functionality while offering the security of not using it.

--jeremy
There's a thought, but it would be unsafe to do that in public...counting on remembering to log out? The longer you computer sits there, the less safe it is. Especially on public computers where we cannot manually clear out cookies!

I hope that LQ would consider extending the session to 30 minutes...that would be a nice balance between convenience and safety.
 
Old 07-01-2010, 04:30 PM   #4
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We have no plans to modify the current session timeout, which is a bit of a de facto standard.

--jeremy
 
  


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