I haven't been programming server side generated websites in quite a while now,
but I think there is a possibility for this forum/website-server to request the MAC-address (which is a unique address bound to your wifi device) of your computer;
whilst being more and more annoyed regarding the constant automatic log outs, I was thinking:
why not bind a login to the unique MAC-address?
the system would work as follows:
if you agree on your login being bound (also) to your unique MAC-address (should be OPT-IN, with possibility to OPT-OUT again anytime),
the auto log out, due to inactivity, will be disabled (or at least extended to 24 hrs instead of the 10 minutes it seems to be right now)
...so, who would opt-in when this was implemented?
Wow. This is both and intriguing, as well as impressive, topic ramoneur.
I'm no computer whiz, but I own a PC and am curious as to how this could be possible for Windows users, if at all.
I must admit, I'm on the verge of converting to Mac though. It's been a good run, but I may give Apple a shot!
Thanks for posting.
"A media access control address (MAC address) is a unique identifier assigned to network interfaces for communications on the physical network segment. MAC addresses are used as a network address for most IEEE 802 network technologies, including Ethernet and WiFi. Logically, MAC addresses are used in the media access control protocol sublayer of the OSI reference model.
MAC addresses are most often assigned by the manufacturer of a network interface controller (NIC) and are stored in its hardware, such as the card's read-only memory or some other firmware mechanism. If assigned by the manufacturer, a MAC address usually encodes the manufacturer's registered identification number and may be referred to as the burned-in address (BIA). It may also be known as an Ethernet hardware address (EHA), hardware address or physical address. This can be contrasted to a programmed address, where the host device issues commands to the NIC to use an arbitrary address."