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Hint: Zero-in on a location. All you need is a comma.

A new feature gradually appeared in the Toshl Finance apps in the recent months. Wondering if you’ve noticed it already?

 

Let’s say you’re adding a location to your expense or income, but are already far away from the place where the purchase happened. Normally, Toshl suggests closest places around you. When you search, it will also search for venues in an about 30 kilometre radius. That can be quite useless when already further away.

 

That’s why you can now specify the town or city where the expense took place. Simply type-in the name of the venue you’re looking for, add a comma (,) and add the town or city where the venue is.

 

For example, let’s look for a pub called “Godec” in Ljubljana*, the capital of Slovenia.

Search for: “Godec, Ljubljana”

 

location searching with town / city parameter

expense with foursquare location selected

 

There you go. Your beers can now be properly attributed to your purveyor of choice, even if you’ve only thought of noting it in Toshl the next day.

 

*Yeah, Ljubljana is actually spelled that way. Pronunciation isn’t that difficult though, just go with: “Loo-blah-nah”, like most locals do.

Posted in Android Tutorials, Announcements, iOS Tutorials, Tutorials, Web App Tutorials

Two-factor Authentication Now Available in Toshl Finance Apps

New feature time! This one will help make your Toshl account more secure, just in case.

 

We’ve added two-factor authentication to Toshl.
You can turn it ON in the user settings (Me) in the web app.

 

You’ll need an up to date Toshl app for this to work. Most likely, it has already updated automatically.

 

2-factor authentication is supported in:

Toshl Finance for Android – version 2.0.17 and higher

Toshl Finance for iOS – version 2.0.14 and higher

Toshl Finance Web App – always up to date

 

 

Once two-factor authentication is turned on, your account will be protected by an additional code generated by an authentication app every 30 seconds. If anyone manages to guess or obtain your password, they won’t be able to log in without that extra code.

It’s optional, but we recommend everyone to set it up.

See the tutorial Two-Factor Authentication and How to Use It for more info on how it works and how you can set it up yourself.

 

 

The newest apps also contain some hints of things to come in Toshl Finance. Did you find them? Perhaps our Florentine friends can offer some insight?

Leopoldo Medici Toshl monster

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Two-Factor Authentication and How to Use It

What is two-factor authentication?

Two-factor authentication is an extra layer of security for accessing your Toshl user account. You would normally log in to Toshl with your email and password, or using the Facebook and Google log in options. That’s the first authentication factor.

When you activate two-factor authentication, Toshl will ask you for another code before you can log in. That authentication code is a 6-digit number, which you get from a special app on your phone or computer.

The authentication code is generated automatically according to an algorithm. Unlike your password, the authentication code changes every 30 seconds. That means you’ll always need the authentication app on your phone present to log in.2-factor authentication Toshl web app

 

 

Why is two-factor authentication important?

It makes it much harder for someone to gain unauthorized access to your account. While protecting your account with a good password is usually enough, there can be circumstances where such an extra security barrier is very useful.

For example, if you used the same password on another service which gets hacked, the details can leak revealing your password. Perhaps someone can guess your password or gain access to your Facebook or Google account. In such cases, someone could try logging in with that password to Toshl as well.

If you have two-factor authentication enabled and set up on your phone, they would also need physical access to your unlocked phone to be able to log in, which would likely prevent them from accessing your Toshl account.

While two-factor authentication provides an important extra layer of security, it’s still important to take basic security precautions:

  • Use hard to guess passwords, which are also long enough to be difficult to guess with automatic attempts.
  • Do not use the same password on several services.
  • Always log out of Toshl when using it on devices used by multiple people, or on devices which you leave unlocked.
  • Lock your devices with a code/password.

Toshl monster with a number and shut mouth

 

 

How do I set up two-factor authentication?

  1. Go to toshl.com and Log in.
  2. Go to user settings (Me) in the main menu and turn ON the option Two-factor authentication.

  1. A wizard will open, guiding you through the process.
  2. Download an authentication app on your phone.
  3. Add a new code in that app by scanning the QR code on your screen.
  4. Download the file with recovery codes. This is important. In case you lose your phone, these codes will enable you to log in. Save them in a safe place.

text file recovery codes download icon

  1. Type in the newly generated code to Toshl to confirm all is working well and finish activating two-factor authentication.
  2. Great success! Much rejoicing. 2-factor authentication is now active whenever you log in.

great success bathing suit monster

 

 

What are these authentication apps? Which ones can I use with Toshl?

This kind of two-factor authentication follows a common standard, so there are a whole bunch of apps which can help you with generating these authentication codes, once you set it up like described above.

Below are some popular authentication apps that we found useful. You can use others as well, just make sure you pick one from a trustworthy developer.

Google Authenticator (Android, iOS)

Microsoft Authenticator (Android, iOS, Windows Phone)

Authy (Android, iOS)

 

Password managers with support for two-factor authentication codes

1Password

LastPass

 

Do I have to enter this every time? Which Toshl apps demand the extra code?

You have to enter the code every time you log in, provided you were logged out before.

The web app will require the extra code whenever you log in anew. If you check the “Remember me” option when logging in, Toshl won’t request the two-factor code until the next time you Log out, or the session expires. So if you log in using “Remember me” then just close the browser without logging out, you likely don’t need to enter it again the next time you open toshl.com.

The mobile app will also require the extra code whenever you log in anew. So you just enter the two-factor code the first time you log into the app, then your log in is remembered unless you log out in user settings (Me) of the mobile app.

If you re-install the app or log out, you will need to enter it again.

two-factor authentication on the Toshl Finance Android app

It’s a good idea to lock the Toshl app with a passcode or fingerprint as well as your entire phone.

 

What if I lose my phone or accidentally delete the authentication app?

Try not to (👨‍✈️ salute to Captain Obvious). If you do, you can log in using the recovery codes you saved during the set up process.

It’s very important to save the recovery codes and store them in a safe place. Save them on your computer, external drive or even print them out, if you’re more certain you’ll find them that way later on.

Recover code 2 factor authentication Toshl web app

 

When Toshl asks you for the authentication code, click the option to log in using recovery codes. Enter it and log in. Each code can only be used once, so you have 10 log-ins with the codes available altogether.

If you permanently lost your phone or deleted the authentication app, go to user settings (Me), deactivate the two-factor authentication, then set it up again using the new device/app.

 

Why not send authentication codes via SMS?

We realize that’s what a lot of other services do, but that way is less secure. It depends on your mobile phone service provider, but in lots of cases it didn’t take much social engineering for dedicated hackers to convince them to transfer the phone number to another SIM card. That way, your authentication codes could be intercepted without you even knowing. There have been cases of this happening in the past.

 

 

monster with a safe

Posted in Android Tutorials, iOS Tutorials, Tips & Tricks, Tutorials, Web App Tutorials

Roaming the Apple Orchards in Search of Freshness

As spring slowly gives way to summer*, Toshl monsters take a gander at their Apple orchard. Much like with the Android release a few weeks earlier, warmer times call for a style update as well as some nifty features a long the way.

 

In simpler terms, we’ve published the 2.0.13 iOS app update  with quite significant improvements.

 

– general style update with fresher colors

– easier to read expense and income lists, with description previews and days of the week

– refreshed Monthly overview and River flow graphs

– budget list with better grouping and today indicators on all budgets

– better looking entry and budget details

– support and tutorials are now easier to access

 

 

The latest version of the Toshl Finance iOS app is available on the App Store.

 

*Our apologies in advance to readers in the Southern Hemisphere who are not experiencing spring at the moment. No need to get all riled up at our apparent ignorance, your revenge shall come soon enough as you’ll head for summer while us northerners shall brace for winter’s embrace. Feel free to visit in the meantime.

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Spring Is in The Air. Androids in Full Bloom.

Spring time*. Time for renewal and more sparing clothing, appropriate for the warmer times. Toshl monsters took this quite literally and went full monty instead of wearing winter clothes wherever they appear in the apps. No worries though, their anatomy is abstract enough for the app to remain modest despite their exhibitionist tendencies.

 

Elsewhere, the changes are less literal, but more significant. Download Toshl Finance for Android 2.0.16 and see for yourself.

 

Expense / income lists

The lists have improved both in layout and style. We’ve improved the fonts, colors and the layout to make the information easier and quicker to understand at a glance.

  • amounts are better highlighted
  • there’s more visual difference between categories and tags
  • entries are more clearly grouped by date with subtle shadows and borders in between
  • new 2-row layout with descriptions displaying when they’re present
  • dates in the list now include day of the week in front
  • nicer image & text when there’s no data to display

 

Budget list

  • much clearer layout, especially with monthly budgets for all and categories on top
  • added today indicators for all budgets on the list (not just in details anymore)
  • nicer image & text when there’s no data to display

 

Budget details

  • nicer looking graph layout
  • budget history graph no longer confused by negative rollovers

 

Monthly overview

  • nicer looking graph layout
  • color of the title bar is now transparent

 

Add expense / income

  • after selecting a category, tags belonging to it are displayed more prominently than the rest of the tags

 

General

  • added a new app splash screen
  • support for larger screened devices with new scree different aspect ratios (like the new Samsung Galaxy S8)
  • grey colored calendar selector when adding transfers
  • fixed a crash after frequent system languages changes
  • fixed starting steps skip issue
  • other minor bug fixes

 

As always, the latest Toshl Finance app is available on Google Play.

 

 

*Our apologies in advance to readers in the Southern Hemisphere who are not experiencing spring at the moment. No need to get all riled up at our apparent ignorance, your revenge shall come soon enough as you’ll head for summer while us northerners shall brace for winter’s embrace. Feel free to visit in the meantime.

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