PhoneFactor Makes WordPress Logins More Secure than Most Online Bank Accounts
— Authentication Service Gives an Additional Layer of Security for Bloggers —
OVERLAND PARK, KS (July 17, 2008) — Positive Networks, a leading provider of security products and services, today announced that PhoneFactor, its phone-based authentication technology, is available as a free plug-in to WordPress, the largest self-hosted blogging tool in the world. With PhoneFactor, WordPress’ hundreds of thousands of bloggers can protect their sites from unauthorized access — thus protecting their reputation and their readers. PhoneFactor makes WordPress logins more secure than most online bank accounts.
The PhoneFactor plug-in adds a second form of authentication to WordPress administrative logins. Bloggers log in to WordPress with their user name and password (just like they do today) and instantly they get a call. They answer the call and press # to complete their WordPress log in. A hacker would need to know the blogger’s log in information and have physical possession of their phone to log in.
Since the PhoneFactor call is made only if the correct user name and password are entered, if a user gets a call when they are not logging in it means their log in information has been compromised. By entering 911#, they can instantly reset their password — essentially locking their WordPress account.
“Most people tend to use the same usernames and passwords on every web site,” stated Alex King, developer of the plug-in for WordPress. “As a result, a compromised account/password on any service might give someone access to your entire online life. With a system like PhoneFactor, which uses a call to your phone as a second type of authentication, this risk can now be significantly reduced.”
PhoneFactor is a simple two-factor authentication service that provides far greater security than usernames and passwords. The award-winning service can use any phone (mobile or landline) as a second form of authentication. PhoneFactor can be setup in minutes and eliminates the need for tokens, smart cards or certificates. The basic service is free with advanced modules available for enterprise deployments.
About Positive Networks
Positive Networks is a leading provider of security products and services, including the award-winning PhoneFactorTM two-factor authentication and identity protection service, and the PositivePROTM remote access service. Awards include: “Best-in-Class” Service Provider by Stratecast Partners, finalist for SC Magazine Excellence Award, AlwaysON AO100, Info Security Product Guide Product Excellence Award winner. For more information, please call 877-668-6536 or visit www.phonefactor.com.
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