BruteProtect will remain available for now while the team works on the integration. Automatic has also turned BruteProtect’s premium service, which used to cost $5 a month, into a free offering for all users. Once the technology has been fully implemented into Jetpack, BruteProtect will notify users in advance before it disables the plugin.
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Interestingly, BruteProtect founder Sam Hotchkiss revealed that he built the first version of the tool in an 18-hour coding session last year after noticing a marked increase in botnet brute force attacks against WordPress sites. Last month, BruteProtect blocked 35 million attacks across its platform.