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What can a user do if they accidentally leave their Stack Overflow account logged in on a public computer or if their session is hijacked by some other means? Is there a way to globally log myself* out via my OpenId?

(*Note: No, I'm not really asking for myself.)

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I thought the log me out everywhere was for every site, and was going to suggest using that from another site in the network; but apparently that only works for only that site... so yeah, ignore this unhelpful comment – juanformoso May 17 '11 at 13:45
Related: Pekka's request for a network-wide logout functionality, which seems to imply some lacking degree of doing this, but I can't say for certain. – Grace Note May 17 '11 at 13:47
@Juan: Actually, knowing that the "log me out everywhere" button still exists behind the logout menu option does help. I think that's the way to recover from a hijacked session (on a single site, but it logs you out of multiple computers). – Bill the Lizard May 17 '11 at 13:56
"Note: No, I'm not really asking for myself." <-- so who is asking? The person who hijacked your account? – Pops May 17 '11 at 15:06
@Popular: I was asking on behalf of another user who I suspect left their account logged in on a public computer. If someone hijacked my account, they could have a lot more fun than posting this. ;) – Bill the Lizard May 17 '11 at 15:11
@Bill, yeah, I figured. It was supposed to be a joke... never mind. – Pops May 17 '11 at 15:29

Two things had me confused here. First, I didn't immediately find the "Log Out Everywhere" button that @Juan mentioned in the comments above. You can find it by clicking the arrow next to your name at the top of the page and clicking 'logout'.


Second, Jeff's answer on Log Out Everywhere not working properly really led me to believe that the button didn't work as I expected. Kevin Montrose's answer on What does “Log Out Everywhere” actually do, and what is it supposed to do? cleared up my remaining confusion.

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Ermmmm ... my confusion has substantially increased after reading Kevin's answer. Does the 2nd part of his answer say 'if I forget to log out from a public computer and use "Log Out Everywhere" on my computer at home, then everyone using that public computer will be automatically re-logged in when surfing to the SOFU/SE site I visited?' If yes, then "Log Out Everywhere" is very much misleading. – Hendrik Vogt May 17 '11 at 17:28
@Hendrik: I'm going to try this when I go home later. If I'm still logged in at home, I'll have to move this answer up to the question (and back to the "confused" column). – Bill the Lizard May 17 '11 at 18:10
@Hendrik: I used "Log Out Everywhere" on Meta last night from my home PC and when I came here from work this morning I had to log in again, so it seems to be working. – Bill the Lizard May 18 '11 at 12:50
@Bill: Thanks! So - does this mean that Kevin's explanation in that 2nd part of his answer is misleading (or maybe plain wrong)? – Hendrik Vogt May 18 '11 at 12:52
@Hendrik: It looks that way. I at least could not reproduce the behavior Lazer was asking about in the post Kevin linked to. – Bill the Lizard May 18 '11 at 12:55
@Bill: OK, thanks again. Ah, I just see you already notified Kevin about this - thanks! – Hendrik Vogt May 18 '11 at 12:58
I just saw that the post with Kevin's answer has been deleted in the meantime. – Hendrik Vogt Jul 23 '11 at 11:14
@Hendrik: Jeff deleted it a few days ago, but I don't know why. – Bill the Lizard Jul 23 '11 at 12:20

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