This means owners of the 54 million web and blog sites that have been built using WordPress now have the option of protecting access with a username and password combination.
Website owners do not need to worry about password encryption, management or storage, while website developers only have to download, install and configure a free plug-in.
“Once added, users are able to secure access to their account with strong authentication to avoid account theft,” according to the WordPress plug-in download site.
The authentication service helps users secure online accounts by using a portable device that is running free two-factor authentication software from Vasco Data Security International.
The software is used to generate one-time passwords to enable users to access online accounts without having to remember complex passwords.
The move is aimed at bolstering security for users of the WordPress platform, which has been a popular target for malware authors, according to security researchers.