Account recycling

Improvement:

We've automated our account recycling policy. There's little reason to hold onto personal data in old/dormant Timetastic accounts, both from a data protection point of view and the unnecessary use of server space and power.

Timetastic accounts that go inactive for over 18 months will be flagged for recycling and warnings sent by email.

Fix:

Fixed the display of what time your next burnout snapshot is due to be sent out

Settings gets a makeover

Today we're really happy to share something we've been working on for months. Our new and improved settings section.

In short it's cleaner, more accessible, easier to navigate and just makes more sense than the old "grid of doom" that forced you to navigate back and forward.

New additions

- Destructive actions like account cancellation and changing leave year are now handled in the Danger Zone (Top Gun soundtrack optional ✈️)

- Public holidays now show you the number of users assigned to a location and the number of days in this calendar year for that location

- The API docs have moved to Integrations

There's a huge number of improvements to text contrast, copy, colours, and accessibility and it's far too much to wrap up in this post. Click around, see how you get on 🙂


๐Ÿš€ NEW MOBILE APP ๐Ÿš€ - beta testers wanted!

Hi there,

We've got an entirely new Timetastic mobile app in the final stages of development and need some beta testers, some people keen to see the shiny new app and feedback any issues or problems.

This isn't some minor enhancement to the existing app, this is 100% new. New design, new screens, it's even got dark mode! 👏

It's open to any existing Timetastic user:

I'll share a few screenshots so you get a flavour of what to expect:


Leave Type Icons

Ever look at the Wallchart and think? What is pink? Is that Annual leave or Sickness?

Well, wonder no more - you can now assign an icon for each different type of leave, and your calendar comes to life :)


You can choose which icons to use in SETTINGS > LEAVE TYPES:


They'll appear on your Calendar, on the Wallchart and on the summary in your calendar, like so...


Hope you like!

Better Preferences Menu

"My preferences" and "Sign in & security" have joined forces under our new, much clearer Preferences menu:

Now you can change your email notification settings, password, set up 2FA or see your sign ins all from the same place. Much clearer, much easier to scan through and hopefully you'll agree, much easier to use.


Other updates:

- We've also cleaned up an edge case permissions issue where some updates on users wouldn't save properly

- We've opted out of Google's controversial FLoC experiment on our website (see: https://plausible.io/blog/google-floc#what-is-federated-learning-of-cohorts-floc). 


Legal updates

Some more updates to our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

Part of the ongoing process to make them clearer and easier to understand.

Main points to note:

Terms of service

We are switching to more conversational language, removing the stuffiness.

A full rewrite of the Cancellation and Termination section. To get rid of large swathes of unnecessary legalese and clarify that you can cancel anytime, instantly. And that all your data will be deleted from all backups within 14 days.

Privacy policy - 3rd party apps.

We're stepping up privacy and Google Analytics is the first casualty👏. We removed all Google Analytics tracking from the website and app. We won't be feeding their big data machine any longer. 

And with that we've removed Google Inc as a 3rd party data processor.


Thanks, and have a nice weekend :)

Gary


Update to Terms

We've updated the terms and conditions today.

Nothing that will affect our contractual relationship. Most changes are to use clearer language.

This is the first step in moving towards terms written in plain English, so expect more updates like this.

We've also removed some of the clauses that made no sense at all:

For example:

  • Clauses that said you can't use Timetastic for sending out spam emails. Believe it or not this happened once or twice. Some spammers used scripts that created Timetastic accounts and sent strange emails to Russian and Chinese people 🤷‍♂️. The point is, spammers didn't care about terms of service, it's no good waving a contract at them. We upgraded our security measures and it's never happened since.
  • Clauses that said you can't try and interrupt the provision of Timetastic. Like the example above, no paying customer is likely involved in hacks or attacks on us. And if they did the remedy is for us to improve security 🔐. We can't imagine holding a hacker to breach of contract will have much impact.

We've also removed some of the preamble and definitions. We had definitions that didn't exist in the main body of the terms.

Thanks, and happy Friday!



IE support ended today

Today we've dropped support for Internet Explorer. If you're using IE with Timetastic. Now is the time to use Firefox, Brave, Safari, Chrome or Edge instead.


This change will allow us to deliver better features faster and more reliably while shrinking the amount of code we have to send down to everyone. The case for IE has been made by people better than I can explain here, so I'll defer to those posts for more detail:

Microsoft's post on IE Support

CSS Tricks on Dropping Internet Explorer

The Fire Wire!

For our Pro users, the Burnout Board is shining a light on those people who aren't taking time off and might be overworking. But leaving it down to ad-hoc logging in and checking is pretty weak.

So, The Fire Wire is your quarterly update from the Burnout Board.

It's sent to both admin users and department bosses (for their department).

If nobody's on your burnout board that's great news, we won't send anything.

The email looks like this: 



๐Ÿ”’ Two-factor authentication (2FA)

Happy new year, folks! 

We might all be on lockdown (again!) here in the UK, but at Timetastic we're thinking about a different kind of lockdown: how we can help you keep your Timetastic account safe and secure 🔒.

So in today's release we introduce two-factor authentication, using your favourite authenticator app: Google Authenticator, Authy, etc. You're probably already using 2FA with many of your other software apps.

You can set up 2FA on a new page: Sign in & Security, which you can find under your profile menu:

Profile menu -> Sign in & Security

This page now gives you a single location to:

  • Change your password
  • Set up 2FA and manage your recovery codes
  • View your sign in logs


Timetastic Pro

Timetastic Pro users get the additional option to enforce Company-wide 2FA. You'll find this option under SETTINGS > SECURITY:

That's all for now but you can find more detailed information in our Help Centre.


Other changes

Fix The Excel backup report had user allowances misaligned in the columns, that's now fixed

Improvement We've improved the auto column widths in all excel downloads to accomodate the filter checkboxes now.


Stay safe, stay secure everyone.

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