WP Engine, a WordPress web hosting company founded in 2010 and currently powering 42,000 customers, has announced the introduction of two-factor authentication for their User Portal, adding an additional level of security for all managed web hosting customers.
Recognizing that companies need more sophisticated solutions for protecting their digital identities, WP Engine releases two-factor authentication to further the multiple security features of its WordPress web hosting platform and services. Two-factor authentication helps prevent unauthorized third parties from gaining access to customers’ sites and potentially harming their business. Additionally, this feature ensures that even if a user’s password is compromised, their account remains secure as long as the second factor remains out of reach to the attacker.
“Because our customers’ businesses live on the web, security has always been a major focus for WP Engine,” said Eric Murphy, Director of Security at WP Engine. “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.”
Two-factor authentication requires a second factor (beyond a password) in order to gain access to the account. With this app, a user attempting to log in to their WP Engine managed account will not only have to enter their password but then also enter a generated displayed code that changes every 30 seconds in order to access WP Engine’s User Portal. WP Engine is utilizing the Google Authenticator app for two-factor authentication on hosted sites.
Founded in 2010, WP Engine has grown alongside WordPress, one of the most popular content management systems on the Internet. WordPress, introduced 12 years ago, would now power nearly a quarter (23 percent) of the web. WP Engine currently supports more than 300,000 WordPress websites and applications in 128 countries. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, WP Engine has branch offices in San Francisco, California, San Antonio, Texas, and London, England.