What exactly does Toast require an account for?
Toast has a lot to offer thanks to the account. Our sync and web platform are the best in the industry and many features are exclusive to Toast.
The most obvious feature that you could think about while trying to figure out why do we need an account, is sync. Toast has the biggest number of supported browsers among all of the extensions. Those are: Safari, Chrome, Firefox, Opera, all Chromium-based browsers (like Microsoft Edge, Brave...) And one of the core principles for us is providing all of our functionality for all of those.
What does it mean in practice? If you use Chrome on multiple computers, we could have been syncing your sessions just via Chrome without any account, but that wouldn't work between Chrome and Safari, Chrome and Firefox, Safari and Opera... and all of the other combinations you could think of. So we had to make it possible for you to access your Toast everywhere.
The part above was only describing sync of your data between the extensions in different browsers, but we went even further, bringing you access to all of your session on any device that has a browser.
If that wasn't worth enough for you to create an account, we'll continue :)
Have you ever done research that you needed to share with someone? Let's say you've found 15 websites with useful information. In the past, you have had to copy each one and paste it in the document or a message and then send it. Isn't that too complex? Yeah, we thought so too.
Toast offers you sharing by link or email. Back to our found 15 tabs. With Toast to share those with someone in Slack will require you exactly 4 clicks and no matter if there are 3 tabs you need to share or 60, that's just a second to do. On the other end, your colleague would be able to see a beautiful page with an organized list of all tabs with their real names (not just random unclear links).
Email sharing is almost as easy, save a session, enter the recipient's email and your session is copied to his Toast.
Bad things, unfortunately, happen in life. A computer could break or get stolen, some virus can delete everything on the device... You know all of these possible bad stories no worse than we do. Losing the device is hard, but we all actually are more worried about the data that we had there.
With Toast account all of your sessions are stored on the reliable, continuously backed-up server that is physically secured and monitored. So there is no chance your data gets lost with your device. On any other device you would be able to access everything saved in Toast.
– Ok, well, that is all great, but I'm worried about sharing my personal information. In other words - Toast Security Principles.
We have dedicated an entire page for Toast Security Principles, but here is a short recap of it.
The most trustworthy thing we can mention is that Toast extensions are distributed only through official browser extension stores like Mac App Store, Chrome Web Store, Firefox and Opera add-ons. That means that each extension update gets diligently checked by Apple, Google, Firefox and Opera engineers, security specialists before becoming available for download.
On our side, we follow the industry-best security practices. All of the communication between server, extension, and web platform is completely encrypted with HTTPS and SSL, which allows it to be safely transferred even over the public wi-fi networks.
Users' private information is securely stored in a database, sensitive information (like passwords) is never stored in a human-readable format. Our support team does never access your data unless helping you solve the issue.
Toast does not collect any information without user action, neither send anything anywhere before you request. Even after the user requests to let's say save a session, Toast collects the least amount of information required to provide the functionality, this is very diligently checked in browser stores, by the way. Toast does not access your browsing activity or history, saved or entered passwords, website content.
Finally, Toast does not, and never would, sell users' data.