Author: Kevin V.
Author Bio: A TimeClick tech support and sales guy since Jan 2015. Aside from writing the occasional article on time clock software or office networks Kevin loves reading in all forms and cycling to work.
Time theft is a significant concern when purchasing time card software. Whether you use TimeClick or a different solution, securing your system to prevent an employee from changing the clock time is imperative.
A single computer time clock does not have a time sync option and relys on the computer’s internal clock. Securing the time in this situation is simply a matter of being in control of who the computer allows to change the time settings. The following are steps to take control of your computer’s time changing privileges – and it doesn’t require a degree in IT to do it.
By default, all Administrators (as a group) can change date and time. Standard Users cannot.
What this means is that if you set up two accounts in Windows, an Administrator and a User, then the Administrator account is the only one that can change the internal clock time. Restricting the employees to the standard User account prevents them from having access to the time settings. In this scenario, keeping the clock secure is the same as withholding the Administrator password.
Note: This feature is only available on Windows Vista (Business, Ultimate, and Enterprise), Windows 7 (Pro, Ultimate, and Enterprise), and Windows RT, 8, and 8.1 (Pro and Enterprise).
Note: Must have administrator privileges.
Usually the default settings work well since a standard user can’t access the time settings. Sometimes, however, it makes sense to restrict the date and time privileges to a single administrator.
Step 1: Open Local Security Settings
Alternatively you may open Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Local security Policy
Step 2: Allow or Disallow Administrator and Users.
Note: Don’t remove LOCAL SERVICE!
Since the default is to allow all Administrators, we need to remove this group.
Now we will allow a specific administrator (instead of all administrators) to have exclusive access to date and time settings.
Note: The network version of TimeClick has a built-in feature to sync all clock actions with the server clock. An inaccessible server is usually a sufficient hindrance to would-be time thieves. If you are a TimeClick customer please contact the support team to make sure the time sync feature is properly configured.