It’s probably safe to assume that if you haven’t been hacked yet, then it’s inevitable that at some point in time someone will attempt to hack into your site.
On March 11, 2014, technology sites like Cnet.com reported that over 162,000 legitimate WordPress sites had been hacked.
Thousands of websites and blogs are hacked every year! Will yours be one of them?
(Image source: BlogDefender site)
According to the Cnet report,
“With some old-fashioned trickery, hackers were able to get more than 162,000 legitimate WordPress-powered Web sites to mount a distributed-denial-of-service attack against another Web site.”
As described by security firm Sucuri, hackers had leveraged a flaw to attack unsuspecting WordPress web sites and direct a distributed-denial-of-service cyber attack (DDoS) towards another popular website.
Every site with a security vulnerability offers some value to hackers. If you think that your website is of no interest to hackers, think again. Corporate web sites, personal blogs, government sites … even sites owned by online security experts can and have been targeted.
If hackers can find a security flaw in your system that lets them gain stealth control of your website, your website or blog can then be employed to target larger and more highly-valued web sites.
The truth is that brute-force software bots are trying to hack into your website at this very moment. Whether they will get in or not, depends on how difficult you can make things for hackers to keep trying until they can discover how to get access, or are forced to give up and decide to look for an easier target.
How Much Information Are You Broadcasting To Hackers About Your WordPress Site?
If you visit Hackertarget.com and run your site through their WordPress security scan …
(WP Security Check Screenshot image: https://hackertarget.com/wordpress-security-scan)
You will see that the test returns a number of results and details about your website …
(WordPress security scan results. Product image source: Hackertarget.com)
It should be obvious after using the tool shown above that if you can freely access all of this information about your site, then hackers can too.
(Screenshot source: Blog Defender)
Being able to see which version of WordPress you are using, which plugins and themes you have installed on your site, and which files have been uploaded to certain directories on your server can all be potentially valuable information to hackers, as this informs them about potential security vulnerabilities, especially where the owners haven’t updated their software versions.
Fortunately, there is a simple and inexpensive way you can stop broadcasting all of this information about your website and make your site invisible to hackers and botnets.
Blog Defender Security Solution For WordPress Websites
The product is a package of WordPress security video tutorials, plugins and tools, plus a WordPress security PDF/DOC file.
Matt Garrett, the developer of BlogDefender developed BlogDefender after noticing that a WordPress-driven site he set up for his mother got hacked into and suspended by its webhost. This site was not being used and so had practically nothing to offer, yet it was still hacked.
Matt only became aware of the event after being informed by his host and seeing that a significant amount of suspicious activity had occurred within the server, as well as the addition of a number of phishing files designed to lure unsuspecting visitors to the site and hijack their Paypal account information.
(Source: BlogDefender site)
Matt’s experience is evidence that all websites are valuable to hackers.
Blog Defender shows you where the security weaknesses in your website are …
And then shows you how to quickly fix these …
Blog Defender – WP Plugins
The Blog Defender security product comes with 3 plugins for WordPress:
Plugin #1 in the Blog Defender suite provides automated backups …
(Screenshot: Blog Defender)
The plugin lets you do automated site and file backups to your server, external servers and leading cloud-based solutions using different backup methods, perform full or partial backups, exclude tables or files from backups, restore backups, replace URLs (for site migrations), do mass text string replacements in databases, perform auto database scans and repairs, and more.
Pro Plugin # 2 provides WordPress security …
(Product image source: BlogDefender website)
Plugin #2 provides a range of vital site and file protection functions (see “Features” section below).
Plugin #3 scans your plugins, WP themes and core files to see if anything in your files has been tampered with, and fix problems …
Pro Plugin # 3 also scans content to see if any malicious content have been inserted into your site, bans bad bots, blocks brute force attacks and detects any content leeching (where people benefit from your hard work without offering you any benefit in return).
In addition to plugins, Blog Defender also includes several video guides and written documentation that teach you exactly how to protect your site from hackers …
(Product image: BlogDefender website)
Below we have listed just a few of the benefits and advantages of using Blog Defender to make your WordPress site invisible to hackers and botnets on your site:
Ready To Go To Work In No Time
The plugins included in the Blog Defender product suite install just like every other plugin. Simply upload a zip file containing the plugin files to your Plugin folder via your WordPress administrator login and activate.
Simple And Easy To Follow Training
Blog Defender can be used as a practical and useful DIY training product that will take you through the website security process and show you what to do, including how to set everything up, and even which plugins you can install for free to get the job done.
Some additional benefits include the following:
- Protect your WordPress website from hackers, spammers, botnets, data mining tools and malicious users whose aims is to ruin your business for personal and financial gain at your expense.
- Prevent Intellectual Property Theft – If your site sells a digital product (e.g. downloadable e-books, videos, etc.), your work can be stolen and end up becoming freeware on download sharing sites.
- Avoid Getting Blacklisted By Your Host – When a site is hacked, you can expect to go through a great deal of frustration and heartache. It can take days to uncover problems and sort through any issues these have caused. Your, website can get closed by your webhost, or even blocked by search engines. In addition, hackers can spam your contact list and steal your business details and financial information, you could be fined or even charged with fraud, and a whole lot more.
Blog Defender provides a number of features to website owners.
Blog Defender provides fixes for the following issues:
- Webhost Security Advisory
- Plugin Security Audits
- WP Theme Security Audits
- Anti Brute Force Security
- Anti Cross-Site Scripting
- MySQL Database Security
- Nefarious Traffic Blocking
- Hiding WordPress ‘Tell Tale’ Signs
- Anti-Comment Spam Blocking
- Monitor Files
- Track Links
- Known Offender Blocking
- Automate WordPress Updates
- WordPress Security Audit
- Tighter Server Security
- Kick Out Policy
- Online Reputation Checking
- And More …
Blog Defender uses a logical process for securing your site, addressing hosting security, using scanning and detection tools to quickly identify risky themes and WordPress plugins, and then helping you implement website-wide security using the tools and plugins provided.
(Blog Defender security process. Screenshot source: Blog Defender)
Feedback From Plugin Users
Here are some of the testimonials that plugin customers have published about the Blog Defender product:
”I’ve had to go through the inconvenience of a hacked blog before and let me tell you it’s not nice. With online security becoming an increasing problem, especially with WordPress, this is a great way to secure your blog. I’ll be following Matt’s training and securing all my blogs…Great job.” JohnThornhill – www.johnthornhill.com
”I sure wish I’d had this before I lost over a dozen blogs just recently. Okay, it was my fault for not securing things more, BUT… I didn’t have a handy, current reference like this to turn to for quick help either.;)” Kathe Lucas – www.wackycentral.com
According to the plugin’s site, since Blog Defender was released back in 2012, no websites or blogs using Blog Defender were hacked.
Matt states on his site, however …
“With the volume of attacks nowadays … we probably won’t hold forever, so we’ve been busy creating even tougher WordPress security.”
The war on hackers is an escalating arms race and all security solutions are only as good as the information and tools developers presently can access. The latest release of Blog Defender creates an easier WordPress security solution that doesn’t require constant attention, is quite inexpensive and it’s as good if not better than many premium security products or services currently being offered at a higher price.
The product is well-supported, can be used by both Mac and PC users, is compatible with the latest WordPress release and is backed by a no-risk, 30 day, full money-back guarantee.
Blog Defender is normally available with a personal license only for use on unlimited sites. When we last checked, however, it was also being sold with Developer rights, allowing users to secure client sites as well.. Price = $47.00.
Note: Pricing details of this product depends on whether there are any promotions or limited-time specials being offered. The above reflects the pricing when this review was published. This may not be the actual pricing charged by the product developer when you visit the plugin website and you may be shown additional upsells or one-time offers after your purchase.
Check the plugin’s website for the latest price here:
For help documentation and tutorials, FAQs, support helpdesk, contact details and more, visit the Blog Defender website.
The Bottom Line
Regardless of the kind of business you run or plan to run online and how small you think your web presence is, you simply cannot afford to ignore the importance of securing your website or blog.
WordPress is a very secure platform, but neglecting essential maintenance tasks like updating your WordPress software, plugins and WordPress themes, tightening file and data protection and taking other necessary precautions can have disastrous consequences.
Blog Defender helps you learn what your security responsibilities are as the website owner, what hosting companies can and can’t do if your website is attacked, what security features to look for in a webhost, and how to avoid major security risks without paying a lot of money.
For more details, visit the plugin website: Blog Defender Security Product Suite For WordPress Sites