WordPress Buys Security Tool To Help Protect Users
WordPress is one of the most popular platforms for websites and blogs in the world which has led to it also becoming one of the most popular targets for hackers so it comes as no surprise that the latest acquisition from WordPress is a security management tool.
Automatic, the company behind WordPress, has announced that they have acquired BruteProtect, the security and management tool for WordPress to be able to offer WordPress clients an improved security service.
In a blog post the acquisition was announced by Automattic: “I’m excited to announce that Automattic has acquired BruteProtect, a plugin and service that protects your sites from malicious logins, saves server resources so your site runs faster, and keeps all your sites on the latest and greatest versions of WordPress core, plugins, and themes.
“The plugin and service are currently available, but over the coming months we’re going to build their functionality into Jetpack and retire BruteProtect as a standalone thing.”
The post continued to explain a little of the history between WordPress and BruteProtect: “The BruteProtect team is based in Portland, Maine and they’re long-time contributors to the WordPress community. We’re excited to see them join forces with the Jetpack team and up the level of security, protection, and peace of mind we’ll be able to bring to the millions of sites already using Jetpack”
It is hoped that by offering WordPress clients the upgraded security options that WordPress will not only encourage new clients to work with them but will also reassure existing clients that the service remains a safe one while also working to try to prevent further attacks on sites in the future.
Already the security services of BruteProtect are used on about 11,000 different sites but now this service will be offered free to WordPress users with an additional premium service available for a fee.
Not only does BruteProtect help to stop malicious log in attempts to WordPress sites it is also a really useful tool as it ensures that all themes and plugins are kept up to date to further increase security on a site.
It had been rumoured that the team behind BruteProtect were looking for funding help from Automatic o help them with their product, however it now seems that Automattic saw the potential of the company and decided to take it on in full instead.
Matt Mullenweg from Automattic concluded the BruteProtect announcement by stating: “Though Automattic is known for its consumer-facing services like WordPress and JetPack, the infrastructure behind them is the bottom part of the iceberg. Taking services to web-scale is another one of Automattic’s specialties, whether it’s the 8 billion Gravatars we serve every day, the Simperium sync service, or the countless spam that Akismet has blocked (and time it has saved).”