It’s probably safe to assume that if your website or blog hasn’t been hacked yet, then it’s only a matter of time.
On March 11, 2014, technology sites like Cnet.com reported that over 160,000+ WordPress sites had been hacked.
Thousands of websites and blogs are hacked every year! Could yours be next?
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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.”
According to leading security firm Sucuri, hackers had leveraged a well-known flaw to attack unsuspecting WP sites and direct a distributed-denial-of-service cyber attack (DDoS) towards another popular website.
Every website with a security vulnerability provides some value opportunity to hackers. A compromised blog not only provides hackers opportunities to improve their skills and claim “bragging rights” among their peers, but it can also be a platform for DDoS attacks, distributing malware and information theft.
If hackers can discover a weakness in your security setup that allows them to compromise the control of your blog, that web site can then be used as part of a larger network of “bots” to target other highly-valued sites.
The truth is that hackers are trying to hack into your site while you are reading this. Whether they can hack in will depend on how hard or easy you have made things for hackers or bots to keep trying until they can either work out a way to get access, or are forced to decide to look for an easier target.
How Much Information About Your Site Are You Broadcasting To Hackers?
Do you own a WordPress site? If so, visit Hackertarget.com and run your site through their WordPress security scan …
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You will see that the test will yield various results and information about your site …
(website security check results. Screenshot: Hackertarget.com)
It should be obvious after using this tool that if you are able to see all of this information, hackers can too.
(Source: BlogDefender website)
Being able to see what 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 can be valuable information to hackers, as these can inform them about potential holes or weaknesses, especially where site owners haven’t updated their files.
Fortunately, there is a simple and inexpensive way you can stop broadcasting all of this information about your website and help to protect it against malicious attacks.
Blog Defender Security Product Suite
Blog Defender is a package of WordPress security video tutorials, plugins and tools, plus a WordPress security PDF/DOC file.
Matt Garrett, the creator of BlogDefender began developing BlogDefender after noticing that a WordPress-driven blog he set up for his mother got hacked into and suspended. This site was not being used and had literally no value to offer, yet it was still attacked.
Matt only became aware of the event after being contacted by his host and seeing that a significant amount of unusual activity had taken place inside the server, as well as the addition of several phishing files by whoever had broken into his site.
This example is evidence that every website has some value to hackers.
Blog Defender scans you web site for security weaknesses …
And let’s you quickly and easily fix these …
The Blog Defender security suite of products includes three plugins:
Pro Plugin # 1 in the Blog Defender suite provides automated backups …
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The “Automated Backups” plugin lets you do automated backups to your server, external servers and cloud-based storage solutions using a number of backup methods (e.g. Email), perform full or partial backups, exclude tables or files from backups, restore previous backups, replace URLs (useful when migrating websites to different 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 “WP Security” provides your WP website with security …
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Pro Plugin #2 “WordPress Security” performs a range of file and site security functions (see “Blog Defender Features” section below).
The third plugin allows you to scan WordPress sites to see if code in your files has been modified, and repair problems …
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Pro Plugin #3 “WordPress Scan & Repair” also scans content to see if any malicious content have been inserted into your site files, 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 plugins, the Blog Defender suite of products also includes 7 step-by-step video tutorial modules plus PDF/DOC documentation that will show you exactly what to do to protect your site from malicious attacks …
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For more details, visit the plugin site here:
Here are just a few of the benefits of using Blog Defender to make your WordPress site invisible to hackers and botnets on your web site:
Ready To Go To Work In No Time
The plugins included in the Blog Defender product install just like any regular WordPress plugin. Just upload a zip folder containing the plugins to your Plugins folder via your admin user section and activate.
Really Simple And Easy To Follow
Blog Defender can be used as a useful DIY training product that will guide you through the website security process and show you exactly what to do, including how to set everything up, and even which free plugins to use to get the job done.
Additional benefits include:
- Secure your site from hackers, spammers, botnets, data mining tools and malicious users attempting to ruin your business for personal and financial gain at your expense.
- Protects Intellectual Property From Theft – If your site sells information products (e.g. downloadable e-books, videos, etc.), your work can be stolen and end up as freeware on peer-to-peer sharing sites.
- Avoid Getting Banned By Search Engines – When a site is hacked, expect to go through a serious amount of frustration and heartache. It can take days to uncover the problem and sort through any issues these have caused. During this time, your, websites can get closed by your webhost, or even deindexed by search engines. Additionally, your personal contacts can 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 much more.
Blog Defender offers a number of great features to website owners.
The product provides fixes for the following security areas:
- Hosting Security Advisory
- WP Plugin Security Audits
- Theme Security Audits
- Anti Brute Force Security
- Anti Cross-Site Scripting
- WP Database Security
- Nefarious Traffic Blocking
- Hide WordPress ‘Tell Tale’ Signs
- Anti-Comment Spam Blocking
- Monitor Files
- Monitoring Links
- Known Offender Blocking
- Automating Core WP Updates
- WordPress Security Audit
- Tighten Server Security
- Kick Out Policy
- Online Reputation Checking
- And More …
Blog Defender uses a logical sequence of steps for securing your website, addressing potential hosting security issues, using tools to identify risky themes and WP plugins, and then helping you implement website-wide security using the tools and plugins provided.
(Blog Defender WordPress security process. Source: Blog Defender)
Below are just some testimonials and feedback that plugin customers have written about Blog Defender:
”This is probably one of those times you ask yourself ‘do I really need this product?’ Let’s face it, on the surface it’s not going to immediately put more money in your pocket or even add some cool new gizmo to your site… The truth is yes you do and you need it now. I’ve been in the online business for 10+ years and had my fair share of hacked sites which have cost me time and money (lots of it)…I’ve also seen a good number of people have their reputations and entire businesses left in tatters when their sites have been hacked. Right now is the time to act, because when it’s too late, well basically you’ll be screwed (and you’ll regret the day you passed over such a great opportunity to protect yourself for so little). And by the way, if you think your web host will come to your rescue think again, you’ll be on your own, paying to put things right and suffering the cost of lost sales and business. This is a seriously good product and if you rely on WordPress to make you money online then it’s nothing less than essential. Buy it, follow Matt’s expert advice and don’t end up another victim!” Simon Hodgkinson, www.hodgkinsonpublishing.com
”I discovered some incredible security tricks!” David Walker – www.inboxrockstar.com
According to Matt Garrett, the plugin developer, since Blog Defender was first released, no Blog Defender-secured sites were hacked.
The product developer 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 that developers currently can access. The latest release of Blog Defender provides users with an easier security solution that doesn’t need constant attention, won’t cost you a fortune and it’s as good if not better than most web 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, 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.. Price = $47.00.
Note: The cost to purchase Blog Defender can vary, depending on whether there are any promotions or limited-time specials being offered. When we last checked, the plugin is selling for the prices shown above. This may not be the actual price set by the plugin seller when you visit the site and you may be shown additional upsells or one-time offers after you’ve purchased.
Check the plugin’s website for current pricing details:
Additional Plugin Information
For installation instructions and tutorials, FAQs, customer helpdesk, contact details and more, visit the Blog Defender website.
No matter what 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 simply cannot ignore.
WordPress is a very secure web platform, but neglecting simple maintenance tasks like keeping your WP core files, WordPress plugins and themes up-to-date, tightening file and data security and taking other necessary precautions can have disastrous consequences.
Adopting security policies such as the one Blog Defender provides, will help you understand what’s going on in your site and where the security holes are, what hosting companies can and can’t do if the security on your site is compromised, what security features to look for in a webhost, and which tools can make the task of securing your installation easier.
For more information, visit the plugin website: Blog Defender WordPress Security Plugin