New Incapsula service brings two-factor authentication to websites of all sizes

Website security and performance firm Incapsula has bolstered its security portfolio with Login Protect, a service bringing two-factor authentication capabilities to organisations of all sizes.

The self-explanatory password technology, which implements a two-step process for logging into applications, has typically been limited to larger companies carrying bigger budgets, with the likes of Twitter and Evernote drawing headlines for introducing the system this year following security problems.

But with Incapsula’s content delivery network powering websites run by companies both big and small, the firm is seeking to end password woes for its full spectrum of customers thanks to Login Protect.

“Many website and applications that use Incapsula rely solely on passwords for authentication, but passwords alone have become ridiculously easy to circumvent,” said Gur Shatz, co-founder and CEO of Incapsula.

“Recognizing this, we set out to make this feature accessible to everyone, from website owners and administrators to Software as a Service (SaaS) providers. With Login Protect, it's easy to add a second factor of authentication to restricted website areas, internal applications, and development environments."

A consensus supporting Shatz’s view on passwords has been growing within the industry for some time, with a number of studies demonstrating how easily they can be cracked by modern day hackers. Illustrating the point, an experiment recently orchestrated by Ars Technica saw one hacking pro successfully decipher 90 per cent of a staggering 16,449 random passwords within one hour.

Incapsula hopes the seamless activation of Login Protect in customer accounts will see users strengthen the security of their admin areas, as no coding, application changes, or third-party integrations are required for starting the service. Once installed, multiple verification methods can be applied across web pages and applications, enabling users to customise access to different systems.

Use of Login Protect depends on the price plan of the customer, details of which can be found here. Check out the video above to learn more about the new two-factor tool.