A website times out, and forces the user to go back to the login screen after a period of time; I believe this behavior is by design.

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OS: Windows 10. I believe version 1803 or 1809.
Browser: Chrome Enterprise
Problem: A website times out, and forces the user to go back to the login screen after a period of time; I believe this behavior is by design.
Proposal: Find a Chrome Extension that will keep the website active while the user is working on another application or steps away from their desk.
Or find a program similar to the ones used to keep the screen saver from activating.
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Commented:
Usually the timer resets upon a page refresh. If that's the case, then any auto-refresh extension will work. One example is Refresh Monkey:
https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/refresh-monkey/ljngnafhejmefmijjoedbclkadhacebd?hl=en

...but there's plenty other alternatives. Anything that refreshes the page on a timer should do the trick.
NoahHardware Tester and Debugger
Commented:
Hi there! :)

Like what @gr8gonzo metioned, there are many alternatives. Below is a link to a straightforward solution called "Staying Alive for Google Chrome™ " as suggested by its' name.

This extension will do this for you in the background. Once logged in, the extension will keep requesting pages from the website at pre-determined intervals so your session will stay alive without you having to manually reload pages so you will not be kicked back to login form if you were away from you computer for long period of time.

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/staying-alive-for-google/lhobbakbeomfcgjallalccfhfcgleinm
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Commented:
Most sites that prompt for login to gain access have a period of time of inactivity after which the session is terminated, expired.
Bank, financial institutions, and where there is sensitive information.


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NoahHardware Tester and Debugger
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What @arnold said is very true. In addition, some sites such as banking services may or may not log you out when you refresh certain pages; information is not loaded correctly and the command is to log you out and send you to the login page when this happens. However, you may first try testing the chrome extensions we recommended and see if it fits your needs.
David FavorFractional CTO
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Commented:
Read over arnold's + Noah's comments carefully.

In addition, some sites will track refresh or keep alive tactics. Once noticed, your IP will be flagged as a Bot + may be blocked for a few minutes, days or years.

Be very careful doing this, because as arnold's says, this behavior defeats security, so when you do this you become a security threat (attacker), at which point whatever countermeasures the site employs, will then kick in to block you.
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Commented:
All, thank you for your input. I have decided not to use the extension since this is a security issue.
NoahHardware Tester and Debugger

Commented:
You're welcome! Glad I could be of help :)

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