Clef Alternative

UpdraftPlus Working on a Clef Alternative Called Keyy

UpdraftPlus released their Clef Alternative: Keyy. You can read my full review here.

The people over at UpdraftPlus have been hard at work making a Clef alternative. For those of you who don’t know what Clef is, it was one of the best, coolest and most innovative two-factor authentication apps that I have ever seen in my life.

With its blue signature bar-code, Clef managed to become the favorite two-factor authentication app amongst many people in the WordPress community because of the following reasons:

  1. Easy to pair your WordPress site with your Clef account using your phone’s camera.
  2. Easy to log in using your camera by scanning their uniquely designed barcode.
  3. Ability to hide login form, disable passwords and make Clef the only way to log in.
  4. Set up timed sessions.
  5. Sign out of your WordPress site from the app.

Now that it’s gone, people are looking for an alternative. There’s one company out there that dared to make a Clef alternative and that company is called UpdraftPlus.

So let’s take a look, who are they? What do they do? And how are they going to make a Clef alternative that is worth using?

On March 6th, 2017, Clef tweeted they are shutting down their two-factor authentication service because they are joining the team over at Twilio which also acquired Authy back on February 24th, 2015.

What is UpdraftPlus and what do they do?

UpdraftPlus is a UK-based company that developed a very popular WordPress plugin called UpdraftPlus WordPress Backup Plugin which has more than 1 million active installs.

UpdraftPlus announced on March 15th that they are working on an open source alternative for the ever popular and bad ass Two-Factor Authentication service Clef.

Here’s their announcement of the project idea:

UpdraftPlus responded immediately to the news by putting a group of their top software developers on simultaneously developing a replacement plugin and an app for both Android and iOS. It’s going very well and will be released well before June when Clef will finally stop supporting the app.

And for the name:

We’re calling it “Keyy” as it’s an instant and secure way to login to your site using your phone.

How does this Clef alternative look like?

clef alternative preview

Fast forward to May 5th, UpdraftPlus released the first screenshot of the app on Android and it looks okay so far. You can see behind the menu it has a website’s IP address and it says logout. YAAAAAAAY.
That’s one thing I can check off of the list of things I want Keyy to do.

What I’m interested in is seeing how the app is going to pair with my site. Are they going to use a similar way to Clef using a uniquely designed bar-code or are they going to use the same, boring, generic two-factor authentication QR code?

I hope not. And also, maybe, as the time goes by they will change the icon too? Maybe? Pretty please?!

Clef’s icon started as a C-shaped keyhole that is facing down, then they changed the icon design to show their unique barcode that is used for pairing.

Other than that, there’s really nothing much to talk about. Bryle said the app should be ready in May, and now it’s the 25th. So far, nothing yet.

Fingers crossed that the development is going smoothly and there are no delays.

I’m looking forward to trying the app myself and hopefully, I will write a review about it once it becomes available.