Toopher Releases WordPress PlugIn, Bringing Invisible Multifactor to 72 Million Sites Worldwide

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Any WordPress site can now benefit from easy and effective multifactor authentication.

Toopher, online security's user experience company, announced today that its free WordPress plugin is live and downloadable at toopher.com/wordpress. This makes the unique, invisible authentication of Toopher available to the over 72 million WordPress sites in the world, including the New York Times, Harvard Business Review, and countless others. WordPress acts as a CMS for sites that control financial transactions, exchanges of confidential data, banking, and e-commerce functionality. With over 170,000 WordPress sites compromised in 2012, these services have demonstrated a need for authentication options built around the user, such as the technology provided by Toopher.

This adds WordPress users to the company of over 8 million Toopher users already supported through MailChimp, LastPass and MiiCard, among others. Toopher works simply and seamlessly with any WordPress-based site. The site owner simply downloads the plugin, acquires credentials to access Toopher's API, and every user on the account has the option to enable Toopher in their settings. Pairing one's phone with the WordPress site is quick and intuitively designed. Upon admin or user login, Toopher pushes a notification to your phone giving you the details of the request. Click "allow" for immediate access and, if the request is suspicious, click "deny" to effectively defeat online fraud.

With Toopher’s patented technology, the user can then automate the login process from safe locations, so that Toopher interacts with a user's phone invisibly, giving them the same security without the hassle of constantly interacting with their phone. This user-focused design enables higher rates of adoption so that more people will actually use security and more people will be protected.

Started in 2003, the WordPress publishing platform currently hosts 72 million sites globally, with over 394 million people viewing more than 14.3 billion pages each month. While sites started out as content blogs, WordPress now powers many company websites, with transactional features wrought with potential security risks. Fortunately, as a free and open source service, WordPress was built with a plugin architecture, which allows users and developers to extend its abilities beyond the core installation. Toopher now joins the database of over 26,000 plugins that allow WordPress users to add custom functions and features to tailor their site.

Toopher offers "invisible," location-based multifactor authentication and authorization using your smartphone--ideal for protecting logins, online payments, and other sensitive online actions. Toopher pushes notifications to its users when a log in attempt is made for a paired account. The notification includes who is logging in, what they’re attempting to log into and where they’re located. The user then has the option to ‘allow’ that login or to ‘deny’ it. If the log in is ‘allowed,’ Toopher automatically authorizes the session and access to the connected account is granted. Unique to Toopher, users can also automate decisions to ‘allow’ or ‘deny’ from specific locations.

"WordPress is the foundation for so many sites of all levels of sophistication," said Josh Alexander, Toopher CEO. "We are thrilled to make the addition of Toopher for multifactor authentication to any WordPress site as simple as a one-click download. Now any WordPress site owner can feel confident they can continue using the simple, wildly popular, open source website platform, but that now can include industrial-grade security with consumer-style user experience."

About Toopher

Toopher is an invisible, location-based multifactor authentication solution designed around user behavior and powered by your phone's location awareness. By marrying the strongest state-of-the-art, true out-of-band pervasive technology with decidedly lean and thoughtful user experience, Toopher automates the authentication process via your phone--not only preventing online fraud and identity theft, but creating a security solution that people actually want to use. No more passwords hacks, no more codes. It's simple, secure, and your phone stays in your pocket. Founded in 2011 by a University of Texas PhD student and an adjunct professor, Toopher is funded by Alsop Louie and is a portfolio company of the Austin Technology Incubator. To learn more and try Toopher, visit http://toopher.com and follow us @toopher.

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