You can safely assume that if your website or blog hasn’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 began reporting that over 160,000+ WordPress web sites had been hacked.
Thousands of websites are attacked every year! Could your website be next?
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.”
According to security firm Sucuri, hackers had leveraged a flaw to attack unsuspecting WordPress web sites and direct a distributed-denial-of-service attack (DDoS) towards another popular website.
You may think that the information in your website has no significant value to hackers, but the reality is that every website is valuable to a malicious user.
If hackers can access and remotely take control of your site, your web site can then be employed to attack larger and more valuable sites.
The truth is that software-driven bots are very likely searching for weaknesses and trying to break into your website or blog right now. Whether they will do this successfully depends on how hard or easy you can make things for hackers or bots to keep trying until they either find how to get in, or are forced to give up and go look for a less secure target.
How Much Information About Your WordPress Site Are You Broadcasting To Hackers?
Does your website run on WordPress? If so visit a site like Hackertarget.com and run your website through their WordPress security check …
(WP Security Scan Image source: Hackertarget.com)
You will see that the scan returns various results and information about your site setup …
(Hackertarget – 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, then so can hackers.
(Product image: Blog Defender)
Being able to see which version of WordPress you are using, which plugins and themes you have installed, and which files have been uploaded to certain directories on your server are all potentially valuable information to hackers, as this informs them about potentially exploitable holes or weaknesses, especially in older versions.
Fortunately, there is a simple solution that will stop broadcasting all of this information about your site and protect against malicious attacks.
Blog Defender Security Solution For WordPress
The product is a package of WordPress security video tutorials, plugins and tools, plus WordPress security documentation in PDF and DOC formats.
Matt Garrett, the developer of the BlogDefender security suit developed BlogDefender after noticing that a WordPress site he set up for his mother had been hacked into and suspended by its hosting company. This particular site had literally nothing of value to offer, yet it was still hacked.
Matt only became aware of this after being informed by his host and noticing that a significant amount of suspicious activity had occurred within his site, as well as the addition of a number of malicious files designed to drive unsuspecting visitors to the site and steal financial details.
(Screenshot: Blog Defender)
This example shows that all websites have some value to hackers.
Blog Defender shows you where the security holes in your website are …
And let’s you quickly and easily fix these …
Blog Defender – WP Plugins
The product suite includes three WordPress plugins:
Pro Plugin #1 “Automated Backups” in the Blog Defender product suite helps you schedule automated backups …
(Product image source: BlogDefender site)
The plugin lets you do automated backups to your server, third-party servers and well-known cloud-based solutions using different backup methods (e.g. Email), perform complete or partial backups, exclude tables or files from your backups, restore backups, replace URLs (useful when migrating sites to new domains or server locations), search and replace text strings in your WordPress database, perform malware scans and blacklist checks automatically, and more.
Pro Plugin # 2 provides WordPress security …
(Screenshot: Blog Defender)
The “WordPress Security” plugin provides a range of vital website security functions (see “Plugin Features” section below).
Plugin #3 lets you scan your WordPress plugins, WP themes, WP core files and content to detect whether anything in your files has been changed, and fix problems …
(Screenshot source: Blog Defender)
Plugin #3 “WP Scan & Repair” also scans content to see if any malicious content have been added to your site, bans bad bots, blocks brute force attacks and detects any content leeching (where others benefit from your hard work without offering any reciprocal value in return).
In addition to the plugins, the Blog Defender WP security suite also includes 7 training modules in video format and written guides that teach you exactly how to protect your site from hackers …
Go here to learn more about the plugin:
Below we have listed just some of the many benefits of using Blog Defender to make your WordPress site invisible to hackers and botnets on your web site:
Fast And Simple To Install And Use
The plugins install just like any other WordPress plugin. Just upload them to your Plugin folder via your dashboard and activate.
Really Simple And Easy To Follow
Blog Defender is a DIY step-by-step training product that will take you through the website security process and show you exactly what to do, including how to set everything up, and even which plugins you can use for free to get the job done.
Some additional plugin benefits include the following:
- Protect your WordPress site from hackers, spammers, botnets, data mining tools and malicious users whose aims is to ruin your business for their own personal and financial gain.
- Prevent Your Info Products From Being Freely Distributed – If you’re an information product author (e.g. downloadable ebooks, video tutorials, etc.), your work can be stolen and end up becoming freeware on peer-to-peer sharing sites.
- Avoid Getting Blocked By Your Host – When a site is hacked, you should expect to go through a serious amount of inconvenience and aggravation. It can take days to uncover the problem and sort through the issues these have caused. In the meantime, your, web presence can be closed by your webhost, or even blocked by search engines. In addition, your personal contacts could end up being spammed, your customer list and financial details can be stolen, you could end up being fined or even charged with fraud, and more.
Blog Defender Features
Blog Defender hide your WordPress site from hackers and malicious bots.
Blog Defender helps you fix all of the following security areas:
- Host Security Advisory
- WP Plugin Security Audits
- Theme Security Audits
- Anti Brute Force Security
- Anti Cross-Site Scripting
- WP Database Security
- Nefarious Traffic Blocking
- Hiding WordPress ‘Tell Tale’ Signs
- Anti-Comment Spam Blocking
- Monitor Files
- Link Tracking
- Blocking Known Offenders
- Automate Core Updates
- WordPress Security Audit
- Tightening Server Security
- Kick Out Policy
- Reputation Checking
- And More …
Blog Defender follows a logical sequence of steps to help secure your website, addressing potential hosting security issues, using scanning and detection tools to quickly identify risky WP themes and plugins, and then helping you implement website-wide security using the tools and plugins provided.
(Blog Defender website security process. Image source: Blog Defender)
Feedback From Users
Below are a few of the testimonials and feedback plugin users have written about the Blog Defender security products:
”Don’t make the mistake of thinking you’re too small or not important enough to be hacked! I’ve found out that I’ve had bots in the backend of my sites, making alterations and changing things around, so there’s no telling what damage they’ve caused. I’ve had my main blog for over 3 years now, and the thought of losing all the hard work I’ve put into it is just devastating, not to mention costly! I have a shared hosting plan, so of course once they can get into one site, they can also access the others. Luckily, I now have the procedures detailed within Blog Defender in place so that I can prevent the majority of this ever happening again. Once you’ve secured one site it gets a lot quicker to secure all subsequent sites. With Blog Defender, you get easy-to-follow videos, along with a detailed checklist that you can downloadf. You are literally walked through the process of securing your blog against hackers, which has given me real peace of mind. This is a growing issue that all website owners are facing; so it isn’t going to go away. Prevention is better than cure, particularly as some of the nastier hacks around can literally ruin your business. So do yourself a favour – get your sites protected now, before it’s too late.” Nikki Stephens, www.nikkistephens.com
“Sure wish I’d had this before I lost over a dozen blogs just recently!” Kathe Lucas – www.wackycentral.com
According to the plugin developer, Matt Garrett, since Blog Defender was released back in 2012, no Blog Defender-protected websites have been hacked.
Matt also states on his site …
“With the volume of attacks nowadays … we probably won’t hold forever, so we’ve been busy creating even tougher WordPress security.”
Cybersecurity is an ever-escalating arms race and all security solutions are only as good as the information and tools developers currently have access to. The latest release of Blog Defender provides users with an easier WordPress security solution that doesn’t need constant attention, won’t cost a fortune and it’s as good if not better than many web security products or services currently being offered at a higher price.
Blog Defender Plugin Support
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, thirty day, full refund guarantee.
Blog Defender is normally available for personal use only on unlimited sites. When we last checked, however, it was also being sold with Developer rights, allowing users to secure client sites as well.. Cost = $47.00.
Please Note: Pricing for the product depends on whether there are any promotions or limited-time specials being offered. When we last checked, the product is being retailed for the prices shown above. This may or may not be the actual price set by the plugin developer when you visit the site and you may be shown additional upsells or one-time offers after your purchase.
Check the plugin’s website for current pricing details:
Additional Plugin Info
For installation instructions and tutorials, FAQs, customer helpdesk, contact details and more, visit the Blog Defender website.
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Regardless of the type of business you run or plan to run online and how small you think your web presence is, securing your web site is something you cannot afford to ignore.
WordPress is a secure web platform, but neglecting simple maintenance tasks like keeping your WP core files, plugins and WP themes updated to their latest versions, tightening file and data security and taking other necessary precautions can have disastrous consequences.
Blog Defender helps you learn what’s going on in your site and where the security holes are, what hosting companies can and can’t do if your site is hacked, what security features to look for in a webhost, and how to avoid all the major security risks without paying a lot of money.
To learn more, check out the plugin here: Blog Defender Security Suite