It’s nice to see two-factor authentication catching on… Most recently it was Evernote’s double-timing their two-factor implementation plans and Apple’s deployment two weeks ago. And now WordPress.com is joining this movement according to an article on Help Net Security. Thankfully, they are just reusing the Google Authenticator App rather than requiring their own. They also support SMS for as well.
In case your phone is lost or stolen, WordPress.com also offers the ability to generate up to ten backup codes. Just print them out and store them in a safe place. Other capabilities include the generation of passwords for WordPress-connected apps that don’t yet support two-factor authentication.
We know your blog is important to you, and today we’re proud to announce Two Step Authentication: an optional new feature to help you keep your WordPress.com account secure. For those of you who use Two Step Authentication with your Google account, you’ll know how useful this feature is for keeping your account secure.
Two Step Authentication works like this: when you log in to your WordPress.com account, we’ll prompt you to enter a secret number. To get that secret number, you’ll need to download the Google Authenticator App on your smartphone. It generates a new number every 30 seconds, making it virtually impossible to guess. All you need to do is open the app on your phone, and type in the number it’s showing. If you don’t have a smartphone, you can instead opt to have the number SMSed to you.
Today’s post pic is from EIFL.net.