Tim Dietrich

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FMAuthenticator: New and Open Source

This morning I released a new, open source version of FMAuthenticator - a technique for implementing two-factor authentication across the FileMaker platform. This is the third open source solution that I've released this year, and I'm pretty excited about it.

I had originally intended for FMAuthenticator to be provided as a paid service. However, based on feedback from beta testers and users, as well as the experience that I've had with the other open-source FileMaker solutions that I've released, it became clear that FMAuthenticator would better serve the FileMaker community as an open-source solution. Also, moving FMAuthenticator away from being a hosted service to what is essentially a technique greatly simplifies how FMAuthenticator works. And if you know me personally or have worked with me in the past, you know how strongly I feel about making things as simple as possible.

With security being something that we are all increasingly concerned about, along with the increased popularity and use of two-factor authentication (especially by cloud service providers), I believe that FMAuthenticator fills a need. My hope is that by making it available to the community, it will help developers to build solutions that are even more secure than they are today.

I hope you'll take a few minutes to learn more about FMAuthenticator. If you do, please let me know what you think.