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Password Auditing for Wordpress

Posted on 4.12.2015

Wordpress security plugin Wordfence has released a password auditing tool for the open-source Web content management system.

Available only in the premium version of Wordfence, the new feature simulates a brute force attack, allowing publishers and site administrators to verify the strength of user and admin-level passwords.

The password auditing tool uses a cracking cluster to assest password strength and goes as far as to offer remediation options and other features to ensure improved site security.

"Hackers today have access to a tremendous amount of processing power in the form of off-the-shelf computing hardware from vendors like Nvidia and AMD. This hardware excels at parallel data processing and reduces the time needed to crack a password by orders of magnitude," said Mark Maunder, co-founder at Wordfence.

"To help ensure our customers and the WordPress community are using the strongest passwords possible, we've created our own powerful cracking cluster with more than 40 Teraflops of processing power so users can quickly evaluate existing password strength and more effectively secure their sites."

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