September 23, 2015
Did you know that nearly 25 percent of the internet runs on WordPress? Just to put it in perspective, that’s about 74,000,000 different websites all running the engine – it’s pretty staggering to think about.
Like any website on the internet, WordPress sites can sometimes be susceptible to hacks and malicious attacks even though they’ve got strong security measures. Since 2012, LaunchKey has been committed to locking security measures down and removing the liability and insecurity of passwords by decentralizing authentication through mobile devices people already own.
That is, they can secure almost any online or offline app like websites, mobile apps, kiosks, vehicles, and smart locks – to name a few – with their various offerings. LaunchKey is all about making life easier for users and application admins to employ multi-factor authentication (MFA), and today they told the world they’re going to help WordPress with a new plugin.
The new WordPress plugin enables admins to enhance their WordPress site security and improve the login experience by integrating seamlessly within the native WordPress login experience. It’s also compatible with LaunchKey’s White Label SDK, which lets admins leverage their own mobile apps as the authenticator in place of the LaunchKey mobile app.
“LaunchKey not only can immunize a WordPress install against a password breach, it also makes it easier to log in and out by allowing users to utilize a variety of active and passive authentication factors on their mobile device like a fingerprint scan or geo-fence,” says Geoff Sanders, CEO of LaunchKey. “The ability to permanently delete a user’s WordPress password from the WordPress database is key. With no password in the WordPress database, attack vectors to steal user passwords such as through database injection, brute-forcing, key-logging and phishing are no longer valid.”
Not only does it take less than five minutes to set up, the new LaunchKey plugin is 100 percent free in the WordPress plugin directory. The team considers it a massive game changer to the world of online security, and they’re tapping a market that definitely has a need for extended security measures.
It’s the catch-22 of companies like this – if you do your job perfectly you’ll effectively be without a job. However, as technology evolves and adapts to a multitude of situations so too do hackers looking for fresh exploits. Sometimes the best offense is a good defense, and I think it’s always better to be safe rather than sorry.
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