lucy24 - 9:45 am on Feb 19, 2012 (gmt 0)
It is very naive to think that you are logged out when you leave a site, if you find yourself logged in when you go back.
Why shouldn't you be logged out? All you have to do is click the Remember Me button-- most sites have something equivalent-- and forever afterward it will read your information off a cookie so it seems as if you're logged in continuously. Even the credit union allows me to bypass one level of hoop-jumping when I'm on my home computer.
Hmm. Tree-falling-in-the-forest analogy here. If you're not physically on the site, is there any way to know if you're logged in?
Just don't try to make a non-computer-literate person grasp the difference between the password stored in your own computer and the one stored at your bank. ("Why does your computer want my password? At work it just signs me right in. I don't even KNOW my password!")
But yes, it's unnerving if I wander off to do a search while I'm in the middle of doing something at GWT, and the search greets me by name... and if I hastily log out from Search, they'll slam the door in my face when I go back to GWT. I can think of governmental entities that aren't that good at understanding you are all the same person-- even when it's their job to do so.