Authy Brings Two-Factor Authentication To Self-Hosted WordPress Sites | TechCrunch

Authy Brings Two-Factor Authentication To Self-Hosted WordPress Sites | TechCrunch

Authy Brings Two-Factor Authentication To Self-Hosted WordPress Sites

Frederic Lardinois

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If you run your own WordPress site, chances are you are using a pretty secure password to keep hackers from posting random stories to your blog. Still, even the best password isn’t as good as using Gmail-style two-factor authentication, but unless you are a programmer, chances are you don’t have the expertise to make this happen. Authy, which offers two-factor authentication as a service, is hoping to solve this by launching a WordPress plugin today that replaces the standard WordPress login with a more secure two-factor authentication login system.

Authy, just like Google Authenticator, for example, generates a new token for you every 20 seconds (you can use its mobile app or get an SMS with this code) and in order to log in, you need both your regular password and this 7-digit code from Authy, making it virtually impossible for a hacker to get into your account without also having access to your phone. This also renders standard phishing and key-logger attacks pointless, as the code constantly changes.

Installing the plugin, which is now available in the WordPress.org plugin repository, just takes a few clicks once you have signed up for an Authy account. As Authy founder and CEO Daniel Palacio told me earlier this week, his company is obviously an API-based service at heart (though it is also branching out into other online security markets now, too). It was pretty obvious to the team, however, that it took a considerable amount of expertise to integrate Authy into services like self-hosted WordPress sites, so they decided to launch this easy to install version for WordPress now. Authy plans to launch similar plugins for other service in the near future, too.

The basic Authy service is available for free, as long as you have fewer than 1,000 users and don’t need to log in more than 500 times per month. Larger sites will need to subscribe to Authy’s premium service, starting at $49 per month, but for most WordPress installs, the free tier should work just fine.

What’s behind the bull market – Jan. 31, 2013

What’s behind the bull market – Jan. 31, 2013

What’s behind the bull market

@CNNMoneyInvest January 31, 2013: 5:04 AM ET

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U.S. stocks are flirting with all-time highs, climbing to levels not seen since before the financial crisis.

The Dow Jones industrial average is hovering just below 14,000. The S&P 500 recently broke above 1,500 and is inching closer to a new record. Both indexes have risen to their highest levels since October 2007.

But stock prices cannot go up forever, and some analysts warn that the bull market is nearing an end, just as many individual investors are returning to the market.

“The market environment is likely to get tougher in February and March as investors wrestle with the impact of fiscal tightening on the economy,” said Russ Koesterich, BlackRock’s global chief investment strategist.

What’s behind the rally

There are a number of factors at play, including signs of improvement in Europe and sustained growth in China. But analysts say the Federal Reserve’s stimulus moves have been the main driver.

The current bull market dates back to March 2009, but the rally really gained momentum after the Fed launched its second round of quantitative easing, or QE2, in 2010.

The bond-buying strategy, now in its third iteration, has coincided with a broad improvement in economic data and record profits for U.S. corporations.

But the rally is as much about what did not happen as what did.

The U.S. economy did not fall off the fiscal cliff, and lawmakers have delayed a showdown over the debt ceiling until mid-May.

The eurozone did not collapse under the weight of its crushing debt, thanks largely to aggressive moves by the European Central Bank.

And the Chinese economy appears headed for a soft landing, easing worries about demand in the world’s second largest economy.

“Together, these things basically assured a risk-on rally,” said Quincy Krosby, market strategist with Prudential Financial.

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Investors were also drawn back into the market by attractive valuations, which is a fancy way of saying stocks are cheap.

Since the market bottomed in 2009, many large investors have been scooping up shares of companies that were beaten down in 2008. Many bank stocks, for example, were trading well below book value, which is the theoretical price their assets are worth minus their liabilities.

Bank of America (BAC, Fortune 500) more than doubled in price last year as investors flocked to shares of companies in the financial services sector. JPMorgan Chase (JPM, Fortune 500), Goldman Sachs (GS, Fortune 500) and Morgan Stanley (MS, Fortune 500) also bounced back.

Is now the time for investors to jump in?

The good news is that stocks still seem relatively attractive. The stocks in the S&P 500 are trading at roughly 14 times expected earnings for this year, which is reasonable.

But the trends that have supported stocks up until now are changing, and investors should be prepared to play defense, said Doug Cote, chief market strategist at ING Investment Management.

Cote pointed to corporate earnings, the life blood of stock returns, which are not growing as much as they had been.

At the same time, the latest economic data have been mixed, including a disappointing report on fourth-quarter GDP released Wednesday.

In a counter-intuitive twist, the weak GDP report could end up boosting stocks in the short term, since many investors believe it will lead to more Fed stimulus, said Krosby.

Wednesday afternoon, the Fed confirmed that it will continue its bond buying program. Still, it remains to be seen how the market will fare once the central bank stops buying bonds.

Meanwhile, after shunning stocks for the past few years, individual investors have started stepping back in.

“People are panicking that they missed the bull market and they’re going to get in come hell or high water,” said Cote. “But this is not a good time, the party is starting to be over.”

Cote said the increased participation by individual investors is “a good thing,” since they had been underexposed. But he warned that the market could be headed for a pullback.

“I think this thing comes back to Earth a lot faster than it went up,” he said.

Android 4.2.1 pushing for the Sprint Galaxy Nexus | Android Central

Android 4.2.1 pushing for the Sprint Galaxy Nexus | Android Central

Sprint Galaxy Nexus

It’s been a scant couple of weeks since the Sprint Galaxy Nexus saw an update to Android 4.2. Today it’s got another update rolling out. This one brings things to Android 4.2.1 build JRO03U.L700GA02) and includes the following:

  • Redesigned camera interface and new Photo Sphere feature (a 360-degree panorama mode)
  • Notifications Shade accessible by swiping top screen edge downwards; swipe down with two fingers to view notifications; tap the notification to expand and take action on it.
  • Lockscreen widgets to access certain apps without unlocking the screen; sidescroll right for camera or left for other widgets (time and weather, gmail, etc.)

You can snag the update over the air (hit your settings>about menu for that), or download manually from Google and apply  it that way. (If you need help with that, hit up this thread in our forums.)

Note that this update is for the Sprint Galaxy Nexus and not the Verizon Galaxy Nexus. Repeat: Verizon’s Galaxy Nexus has not been updated. Still.

Apple iWatch: Is It About Time?

Apple iWatch: Is It About Time?

Apple iWatch: Is It About Time?

Apple iWatch: Is It About Time?

Let’s be honest. Rumors about new or upcoming Apple products would be overpriced at a dime a dozen. Yet speculation grows about an Apple (Nasdaq:AAPL) iWatch. If you think that this is one of those little rumors that somebody dreamed up to make for interesting reading, think again. Some of the more notable Apple rumor mills are reporting its possible existence, and many reputable publishers such as AppleInsider and the New York Times have published iWatch stories.

Computerworld notes that, according to the latest rumors, Apple and Intel are working on a Bluetooth smartwatch, which could be introduced sometime in the first half of 2013. Website 9to5Mac mentions Apple patents that may indicate its interest in the watch. One patent of note integrates features into an iPod Nano-like wristwatch. Other sources point to patents that could be a signal of things to come. Still others explain that the patents could be filed for any number of products or exist to fend off patent trolls. One has to wonder, however, why Apple would take on a project which seems, on the surface, small compared to the TV or cellphone industries.

EPA moves to ban some rodent poisons

APNewsBreak: EPA moves to ban some rodent poisons

EPA moves to ban some rodent poisons

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency is moving to ban the sale of a dozen rat and mouse poisons sold under the popular D-Con brand in an effort to protect children and pets.

The agency said Wednesday it hopes to reduce the thousands of accidental exposures that occur every year from rodent-control products. Children and pets are at risk for exposure because the products typically are placed on floors.

The agency had targeted a handful of companies two years ago, saying they needed to develop new products that are safer for children, pets and wildlife. All but Reckitt Benckiser Inc., manufacturer of D-Con, did so.

The company will have at least 30 days to request a hearing before an administrative law judge. If no hearing is requested, the ban will take effect.

Waste time and flex your brain with Shift It | Android Central

Waste time and flex your brain with Shift It | Android Central

Shift It

There’s no shortage of quick and fun puzzle games on Android, and Shift It still stands out as a great one. When you start up Shift It and play the first level, you’ll instantly draw comparisons to the paradigm of a Rubik’s cube. The basic idea of the game is to take the nine section grid of different colored blocks, and move it around so that the blocks of the same color are all connected. You are faced with a 2D view, but the blocks are effectively 3D — moving blocks off of one edge, you will see them reappear on the other side.

Alicia Keys joins Blackberry as global creative director | News Briefs | EW.com

Alicia Keys joins Blackberry as global creative director | News Briefs | EW.com

Alicia Keys named Blackberry’s global creative director

Blackberry has named singer-songwriter Alicia Keys as its “global creative director,” the company announced this morning at the close of its Blackberry 10 launch event.

Keys joined several company executives to discuss the news. She will work “closely with app developers, content creators, retailers, carriers and entertainers,” according to a press release.

“We are excited she will be bringing to us her enormous capabilities, as well as a vast network of relationships in the entertainment, social media and business communities, to help shape our brand and grow our business,” President and CEO Thorsten Heins said in the release.

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