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Update: Virtual TimeClock for iOS & Android

There has been enormous interest in our ongoing development of Virtual TimeClock for iPhone, iPad and Android devices. At the start of the year we laid out our Mobile app roadmap for 2016. In March we gave you a mobile update and then shared with you a first look of our latest builds at the beginning of summer. We are continuing to refine and improve our mobile apps as our users and beta team provide us with incredibly helpful feedback.
 iPad Virtual TimeClock weekly timecard summary
Virtual TimeClock timecard hours on Apple iPad

We knew early in our development that the mobile edition of Virtual TimeClock would change how employers track time worked. The convenience of our mobile edition makes an employee time clock easily accessible to workers who are away from a computer, an office, and even their physical business location. Through testing and feedback we continue to learn about our user's needs and expectations in two key areas: TimeClock security and data privacy.
 
TimeClock Security
Mobile time clock clients, because they rely on wireless and Internet communications, require a greater level of security. In anticipation of this need, last year's Virtual TimeClock 15 release introduced enhanced data and communications encryption as well as additional password protection options.
 
With Internet threats a regular part of the news, our users want the latest in identity validation and security for their remote time clock users. As a result, we are working on additional security measures and technologies like two factor authentication to provide employers with maximum confidence and peace of mind.
 
Data Privacy
Millions of people have already been victims of Internet data theft. Today there are legitimate privacy and liability concerns when Social Security numbers, wage and employment information lives ‘in the cloud’ somewhere on the Internet.
 
Data privacy has always been a competitive advantage for Virtual TimeClock. This is largely because your TimeClock data is saved on your own computers, NOT in the cloud on some unknown and possibly vulnerable computer system. This has presented a huge challenge to us as Virtual TimeClock moves to remote mobile devices. Because iOS and Android devices lack the storage and file systems of regular computers, they rely on cloud based servers and data storage. While this allows mobile apps to easily run anytime and everywhere, it raises concerns about the privacy of your Virtual TimeClock data.
 
Many users are unwilling to give up the data privacy they've come to expect from our desktop software. They want to keep their data in-house even when employees are using our Virtual TimeClock mobile apps. It is a significant technical challenge to allow our mobile apps to communicate easily and reliably with a TimeClock Server running securely behind your company network’s firewall. As a result, we are still beta testing and evaluating several solutions and technologies, each with particular tradeoffs, benefits, and costs.
 
We often say that we work the hardest when we’re making our software easy-to-use. That’s certainly the case with our new mobile apps for your iOS and Android devices. Thank you for your continued patience as we work out these very important technical details. We'll continue to keep you updated and let you know when our new apps are ready for you on iTunes and the Google Play store.