To provide a higher level of security, the Stay Signed In check box is now gone. Learn of other easy sign in options.
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Very disappointed with the change to the sign-in. As a power user of FamilySearch, staying signed in is essential to my research and for my mentoring work with others.
I miss the option to stay signed in. I don't have or use any of the third party accounts mentioned above. While I'm doing research I have to sign multiple times a day. I have found that I am using Family Search less because of this.
I have gone from being signed in (aside from a button press) for days at a time, to having to sign in several times a day. It is next to impossible for me to understand what signs me out.
There is no concrete information provided in the blog article above. No information on what the metrics are for how long I stay logged in, nor what breaks the login - just vague phrases in that blog such as "they will remain signed in for a time" (how long is "a time"? Is it measured in minutes or clicks or transactions?) "as long as they are actively using the site" (what counts as actively using? What stops the active use? Closing the browser?)
This is hugely inconvenient - please note that I have zero intention of linking my FS sign-on to Google, Facebook, etc., - so when I do sign in, I have to enter my full details. Since I use a password manager, that's multiple clicks each time - now compare that to what I did before.
This morning when I had to sign in, again, I got this message:
I don’t like the new sign in for Family Search and I am more likely to not use this system unless I have to. It is such a pain to have to sign in multiple times a day. I don’t want to use my Facebook or Google to log in either. Please go back to allowing us to be signed in for 2 weeks.
As stated elsewhere, I (and others) have found there now appears to be less need to sign in regularly than in the past. My main gripe about the new sign-in procedure is the current inability to get back to individual FamilySearch pages after I have "crashed out" of my browser, leaving certain pages open. I used to be able to get directly back to those pages by using my browser's "Restore previous session" option (from "History"), but am now taken to the same, first Family Tree page I open (as part of the "Restore") instead of the multiple different URLs I had hoped to be returned to.
On the "signed in for 2 weeks" issue itself, some users (like me) maintain this never was literally the case (in spite of how cookies were handled), but others appear to have had no problem returning without signing in, even after they'd shut their browser. Checking the "2 weeks" option was only helpful for me in that it at least allowed me to stay logged in all day (well, at least until I shut down the browser).
I never had any problem with the function of staying signed in, other than I wished I didn't have to keep doing it in whatever timescale was previously set. Many other websites I use allow longer or don't have a limit at all... and don't seem to have any security concerns around it.
This new set-up, I'm not sure how it works, but it is forcing sign in multiple times during a research session - most inconvenient and frustrating. Please at least set a minimum of 24 hrs, although preference would be to give the choice back to the user.
Let the user choose to stay signed in or not, therefore, any 'risk' is their own based on their choice. I only use record search, and do not share a device or even premises with another person. I would like to be able to choose the best option for me. And it's not sign in multiple times over a few hours.
I'd rather keep the "keep me signed in for 2 weeks" option. I don't want to use a third party app to circumvent this.
Perhaps an option can be given in "settings" to stay signed in for various amounts of time. Currently I've had to log in several times per day and while not catastrophic it is annoying. From my point of view, it wasn't broken and didn't need to be fixed.
I've never had a problem with being kept signed in with the "keep me signed in for 2 weeks" option.
Add my vote to "I'm annoyed at having to sign in all the time!" If I had my 'druthers, I'd choose to stay signed in ALWAYS (not just two weeks even)! - on my home computer.