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 160,000+ legitimate WordPress-powered web sites had been hacked.
Thousands of websites and blogs are hacked every year! Will yours be one of them?
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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 reported by security firm Sucuri, hackers had leveraged a flaw to attack unsuspecting WP websites and direct a distributed-denial-of-service cyberattack (DDoS) towards another popular website.
You may think that the information in your site provides no value to hackers, but the reality is that to a hacker, all websites provide an opportunity to gain some advantage at your expense.
If someone can find a flaw in the web software, your blog can then be employed to attack larger and more valued web sites.
The truth is that hackers are trying to hack into your web site as you are reading this at this very moment. Whether they will hack in successfully depends on how hard you will make it for hackers or botnets to continue trying until they can either find how to break in, or are forced to give up and decide to look for a less secure target.
How Much Information Are You Broadcasting To Hackers About Your WordPress Site?
Do you own a WordPress site? If so, visit a site like Hackertarget.com and run your site through their WordPress security check …
(Hackertarget – Website Security Scan Screenshot image: Hackertarget.com)
You will see that the check will yield various results and details about your site setup …
(website security scan results. Screenshot image: Hackertarget.com)
It should be obvious after using this tool that if you are able to freely access all of this information about your WordPress site, hackers can too.
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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 are all valuable information to hackers, as this informs them about any holes or weaknesses, especially in older versions.
Fortunately, there is a simple and inexpensive solution that will stop broadcasting all of this information about your website and protect against malicious attacks.
Blog Defender Security Solution For WordPress Web Sites
Blog Defender is a suite 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-driven blog he set up for his mother got hacked into and suspended by its webhost. This site had literally nothing of value to offer, yet it still was attacked.
Matt only became aware of what had happened after being contacted by his host and observing that a significant amount of unusual activity had occurred within his server, as well as the addition of several phishing files designed to lure unsuspecting visitors to the site and steal financial details.
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This simple example provides the valuable lesson that every website has value to hackers.
Blog Defender shows you where the security weaknesses in your web site are …
And then shows you how to fix these quickly …
The Blog Defender security suite includes three plugins for WordPress:
Pro Plugin # 1 in the Blog Defender suite provides automated backups …
(Source: BlogDefender website)
Plugin #1 lets you do secure site, file and data backups to your server, third-party servers and popular cloud-based backup solutions using different backup methods (e.g. Email), perform full or partial backups, exclude tables or files from backups, restore backups, replace URLs (for site migrations), do mass text replacements in your WordPress database, perform auto database scans and repairs, and more.
The second plugin provides WordPress security …
(Screenshot: Blog Defender)
Plugin #2 provides a range of site and file security functions (see “Features” section below).
Plugin #3 “WordPress Scan & Repair” allows you to scan your WordPress plugins, WP themes, WordPress core files and content to see if any of your files have been tampered with, and repair problems …
(Source: BlogDefender website)
Plugin #3 “WP Scan & Repair” 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 content without reciprocating the favor).
In addition to the plugins, the Blog Defender suite of products also includes 7 video training modules and printable documentation that show you exactly how to protect your site from malicious users …
(Screenshot image: BlogDefender site)
For more details go here:
Benefits Of Using Blog Defender
Here are just a few of the benefits of using Blog Defender to make your WordPress site invisible to hackers and botnets on your website:
Be Up And Running In No Time
The plugins install like every other WP plugin. Just upload them to your Plugins folder via your WordPress admin account and activate.
Really Simple And Easy To Follow
Blog Defender can be used as a practical do-it-yourself training product that will guide you through the website security process and show you what to do, including how to set everything up, and even which free plugins you should install to get things done without paying additional expenses.
Some additional benefits and advantages include the following:
- Secure your WordPress site from hackers, spammers, bad bots, data miners and malicious users whose aims is to ruin your business for their own personal and financial gain.
- Protects Intellectual Property From Theft – If you’re an info product creator (e.g. downloadable ebooks, video training, etc.), your work can be stolen and end up becoming freeware on free download sites.
- Avoid Getting Blacklisted By Your Host – When a site gets 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 any issues these have caused. Your, blog can get suspended by your webhost, or even deindexed by search engines. And if this isn’t enough to have to deal with, hackers can spam your contact list and steal your business and financial information, you could be fined or even charged with fraud, and a whole lot more.
Blog Defender Features
Blog Defender offers many features to web site owners.
Blog Defender helps you fix the following security areas:
- Host Security Advisory
- Plugin Security Audits
- WordPress 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
- Monitor Links
- Known Offender Blocking
- Automating Core Updates
- WordPress Security Audit
- Tightening Server Security
- Kick Out Policy
- Reputation Checking
- And More …
Blog Defender provides a logical sequence of steps to help protect your website, addressing hosting security, using scanning and detection tools to quickly identify risky WP themes and WordPress plugins, and then helping you implement site-wide security using the tools and plugins provided.
(Blog Defender website security process. Screenshot image: BlogDefender site)
Here are just a few of the testimonials that plugin users have published about Blog Defender:
”Great way to secure your blog!” 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 Matt Garrett’s site, no websites or blogs secured with the product were hacked since Blog Defender’s original release.
Matt Garrett, the product developer 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 is a perpetual game of cat and mouse and all security solutions are only as good as the information and technologies that developers currently can harness. 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 most web security products or services currently being offered at a higher price.
Blog Defender 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, 100% 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.. Cost = $47.00.
Note: Current pricing for the Blog Defender product depends on whether there are any promotions or limited-time special offers. When we last checked, the product sells for the amounts shown above. This may or may not be the actual pricing charged by the product seller when you visit the plugin website and you may be shown additional upsells or one-time offers after purchasing.
Check the plugin’s website for current pricing details:
Additional Plugin Info
For help documentation and tutorials, FAQs, support help desk, contact details and more, visit the Blog Defender website.
No matter what kind of business you run or plan to run online and how small you think your web presence is, website security is something you simply cannot afford to ignore.
WordPress is a very secure platform, but neglecting simple maintenance tasks like ensuring that your WordPress core files, plugins and themes are kept up-to-date, tightening file and data security and taking other necessary precautions can expose your website to attacks by hackers and bots.
Adopting a security procedure like the one that Blog Defender provides, will help you learn what your responsibilities as a website owner are, what hosting companies can and can’t do if your website is hacked or compromised, what security features to look for in a webhost, and which tools can make the process of securing your installation easier.
To learn more, check out the plugin here: Blog Defender Security Suite