Latch is a technology developed by Telefonica ElevenPath. This tool offers two options to protect our digital identity. The first option is called “Latch” and it can block your account even if the password entered is correct, how as your name indicated this mode act as latch for you account, whet the lock is closed there is no way to login to wordpress. The second option is called “Latch Cloud TOTP” and it can add two-factor authentication based TOTP as Google Authenticator.
In this article, we will show you how to install and configure Latch plugin to protect your WordPress login with a digital latch…
First step: WordPress configuration
We should access our WordPress with and admin account and access to “Plugins” in the main menu. Now you should search and install the Latch plugin, it’s easy.
The next step is to configure the plugin. If it’s activated, you will find a subsection inside the settings section. If you click on this section you will be asked for an Application ID and a “Secret”.
To get this two codes you need to have a Latch developer account. If you don’t have one go to:
https://latch.elevenpaths.com/www and choose “Register as a developer” option.
Once you’ve done this, go to “My applications”, click on “Add new application” and choose a name for it.
Now that you have your new application, click on “Edit” to see what your Secret an Application ID are.
After introducing the Secret and the Application ID codes on the WordPress Settings section, save changes, go to “Users” and search for “Latch settings” subsection on “Your profile”.
Second step: Mobile App configuration
Install Latch application in you smartphone:
Next, run your Latch app and click on “Add new service” and choose the “Pair with Latch” alternative. As you can see, there is a new tab where you have to introduce one token generated by our Latch App.
Copy the code generated by the App and introduce it in your WordPress. Click on “Update your profile” to save your changes. After doing this you will see a message in your smartphone saying that you have generated a new service.
Now that your account is protected you only have to check if it works properly. To do it, block your WordPress account using the lock and try to access. If Latch works you shouldn’t have access to your account and you should see an alert in your phone.