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Virtual TimeClock Timestamps & Internet Time Servers

Employers and employees are often concerned with the source and accuracy of the times recorded on employee timecards. Virtual TimeClock has multiple options to help you choose the best solution for your time clock needs.
Virtual TimeClock allows you to use an Internet Time Server as your timestamp source. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) operates a very large group of computers (time servers) whose sole function is to provide an accurate and impartial time to computers, servers, and devices connected to the Internet.

To modify the timestamp source in Virtual TimeClock:
  1. Select Turn Administration On from the File menu.
  2. Select Time Settings from the Configure menu.
  3. You have the following options for your timestamp source:
Use the computer’s clock (Basic and Pro Edition Only)  
The time recorded for your employee timecard entries will be provided by the computer that is running Virtual TimeClock.

Use the TimeClock Server's Clock (Network Edition Only)
The time recorded for your employee timecard entries will be provided by the TimeClock Server computer.
Use an Internet Time Server when available
Virtual TimeClock will attempt to use an Internet Time Server for timestamps. If there is not an Internet connection, Virtual TimeClock will revert back to using the internal computer clock.
Only use Internet Time Servers
​The TimeClock only uses an Internet Time Server. Important Note: Users will be unable to clock in or out if the computer loses an Internet connection. The benefit of this option is the confidence managers and administrators enjoy knowing that accurate time has been recorded for every single timecard entry.

Using an Internet Time Server is a terrific option if you are concerned with employees tampering with the computer clock. A second popular use is for our Virtual TimeClock Network users with employees working in multiple time zones. Using the Internet Time Server option allow employees in each time zone to automatically record their local time into one centralized time clock system.