WordPress Specialist WP Engine Announces Launch of Two-Factor Authentication

March 23, 2016
WordPress Specialist WP Engine Announces Launch of Two-Factor Authentication
WordPress specialist Liquid Web has announced the launch of ‘Two-Factor Authentication’ to offer WordPress an additional layer of security.

WP Engine, which has headquarters in Austin, Texas, United States, was established in 2010. The company prides itself on offering “amazing digital experiences for websites and applications built on WordPress”. The company primarily caters to companies of a range of sizes and has offices in San Francisco, California and San Antonio, Texas, United States, and London, United Kingdom.

WordPress is an Open Source (OS) solution that enables users to develop websites. Available free of charge, WordPress was originally a blogging solution but over the years became a sophisticated website solution supported by an extensive community that developed commercial and non-commercial themes that allow users to give websites a particular look and feel, and ‘addons’ that enhance the functionality of websites.

To date there are 74,652,825 websites that are underpinned by WordPress, with WP Engine managing the sites (300,000 in total) of 42,000 customers in 128 countries. The new security solution will be available to all WP Engine customers with immediate effect.

Two-factor authentication complements WP Engine existing security measures for customers. It helps protect websites by requiring a “second factor” – not a password – to gain access to a WordPress account, avoiding penetration by bots or other threats. WP Engine’s additional factor is a “generated displayed code that changes every 30 seconds in order to access User Portal”. WP Engine is also using the Google Authenticator app for two-factor authentication on hosted sites.

“Because our customers’ businesses live on the web, security has always been a major focus for WP Engine,” explained Eric Murphy, WP Engine Director of Security. “Today, we are taking additional steps to ensure customer sites and customer data is secure, without impacting premium service and functionality,” We are thrilled to roll out this new feature for our customers because two-factor authentication gives peace of mind to website administrators, allowing privileged users to gain access while keeping unauthorized intruders out. We want to worry about security so our customers don’t have to.”

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