What the heck is this "Use local credential to log in" nonsense? Get rid of it!

11 months ago by
Funamo is great; I love it. So don't misunderstand me, please...
I set up the Funamo app on my Android. Then I log in, using the email and password I designated at the start. Nothing unusual about that; everything is working exactly the way one would expect.
Then the next time I try to log in, it gives me an error message: "Login failed. Please check your user name and password." Wha--!? I retype both very carefully, and it still doesn't work.
Then I notice this odd box by the password: "Use local credential to login." If I check the box, it works again.

Apparently it has something to do with whether or not I'm connected to the internet. 
I want to pose the plain and simple question: WHY? It's the same email and password; what difference should it make whether the internet is connected or not? This does nothing to enhance security. All it does is confound users. This is pure and utter nonsense! Please get rid of this!
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11 months ago by
"Use local credential to login" is designed to allow users to login to Funamo even without internet connection. For example, if you take a device on the road and you do not have internet connection, and you want to make a change in Funamo, you would not be able to do it without this feature.

Hope it make sense now. If you do not check the option, Funamo would go to our server to authenticate you. If you have changed either email or password on the web, you can login using the new email/password if the device is connected to the internet. If it is not, you can check "Use local credential to login" option, and use the old email/password to login to Funamo.
I tested logging in when I'm offline. It works both ways, with the box blank or a checkmark in the box. (You hadn't suggested otherwise; I was just experimenting.)
And if I log in when I'm offline, and then start an internet connection, the app doesn't make me log in again. I can continue making changes to my settings.
So... what's the point of this? Like I said, it doesn't enhance security.

Here's a solution which is much more user friendly:
* The app should be able to recognize whether the user is online or offline. If users are offline, log them in using the "offline method." If users are online, log them in using the "online method." In other words, instead of the users putting a checkmark in the box, the software automatically does that for them. In fact, you don't even need a visible box; the software will do that behind the scenes.
That would be a LOT better than some procedure which is not documented in the tutorials.
written 11 months ago by Bruce Fraser  
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