It’s probably safe to 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+ legitimate WordPress web sites had been hacked.
Thousands of websites 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 well-known flaw to attack unsuspecting WP websites and direct a distributed-denial-of-service cyber attack (DDoS) towards another popular website.
Every web site with a security vulnerability provides some type of opportunity to hackers. No blog Corporate web sites, personal blogs, government web sites … even web sites owned by online security experts can and have been targeted.
If a malicious user can discover a flaw in the security setup that allows them to gain stealth control of your site, the site can then be employed to attack larger and more highly-valued sites.
The harsh reality is that software-driven bots are very likely scouring for exploits and trying to break into your web site at this very moment. Whether they will hack in or not, depends on how hard you can make it for hackers and botnets to continue persisting until they work out 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?
Does your website run on WordPress? If so visit Hackertarget.com and run your website through their WordPress security scan …
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You will see that the check returns a number of results and details about your WordPress site …
(Hackertarget – WordPress security scan results. Image source: Hackertarget.com)
It should be obvious after using the above tool that if you are able to freely access all of this information, then hackers can too.
Being able to see what 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 can all be potentially useful information to hackers, as these can inform them about any potential security weaknesses, especially where site owners haven’t updated their sites.
Fortunately, there is a way you can stop broadcasting all of this information about your website and protect against other malicious threats.
Blog Defender Security Solution
The product is a package of WordPress security video tutorials, WordPress plugins and tools, plus WordPress security documentation in PDF and DOC formats.
Matt Garrett, the creator of the BlogDefender security suit began looking for a way to develop BlogDefender after noticing that a WordPress blog he set up for his mother had been hacked into and suspended. This blog was not being used and so had literally no value to offer, yet it was still targeted by hackers.
Matt only became aware of this after being informed by his host and noticing that a significant amount of suspicious activity had taken place within the site, as well as the addition of several phishing files by whoever had broken into his mother’s site.
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This example illustrates the fact that all websites are valuable to hackers.
Blog Defender scans you website for security holes …
And then shows you how to fix these quickly …
The product suite comes with 3 plugins for WordPress:
Plugin #1 in the Blog Defender product suite provides automated backups …
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The plugin lets you do automated site and file backups to your server, third-party servers and leading cloud-based storage solutions using a number of backup methods (including FTP and email backups), perform complete or partial backups, exclude files or tables from backups, restore backups, replace URLs (useful when migrating websites to different domains or server locations), do bulk text string replacements in your WordPress database, perform malware scans and blacklist checks automatically, and more.
Pro Plugin # 2 provides your website with security …
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Plugin #2 “WP Security” performs a range of site protection functions (see “Product Features” section below).
Pro Plugin #3 “WP Scan & Repair” lets you scan your WordPress plugins, WordPress themes, core files and content to detect if any of your files have been modified, and fix any problems found …
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Plugin #3 “WordPress Scan & Repair” also scans content to see if any malicious scripts have been added to your site, bans bad bots, blocks brute force attacks and detects any content leeching (where others benefit from your work without reciprocating the favor).
In addition to plugins, the Blog Defender security product suite also includes seven step-by-step video tutorial modules and PDF/DOC guides that will show you exactly how to protect your site from malicious attacks …
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Benefits Of Using Blog Defender
Below we have listed just some of the many benefits and advantages of using Blog Defender to make your WordPress site invisible to hackers and botnets on your website:
Be Up And Running In Very Little Time
The plugins are very easy to install. Simply upload a zip folder that contains the plugin files to your Plugins folder via your dashboard and activate.
Simple And Easy To Follow Training
Blog Defender is an easy-to-follow do-it-yourself training product that walks you through the website security process and shows you what to do, including how to set things up, and even which free plugins to install to get the job done.
Some additional plugin benefits include the following:
- Secure your site from hackers, spammers, botnets, data miners and malicious users attempting to ruin your business for personal and financial gain at your expense.
- Protect Your Info Products – If you sell a digital product (e.g. downloadable ebooks, videos, etc.), your product can end up as freeware on download sharing sites.
- Avoid A Tragic Situation – When a website gets hacked, expect to go through a great deal of frustration and aggravation. It can take days to uncover problems and sort through the issues these have caused. Your, account could get suspended by your webhost, or even blocked in search engines. And if this is not painful enough, your personal contacts could end up being spammed, your subscriber list and financial details could be stolen, you could be fined or even charged with fraud, and more.
Blog Defender Features
Blog Defender provides many features to website owners.
Blog Defender helps you fix the following areas:
- Webhost Security Advisory
- WordPress Plugin Security Audits
- WordPress Theme Security Audits
- Anti Brute Force Security
- Anti Cross-Site Scripting
- WordPress Database Security
- Nefarious Traffic Blocking
- Hiding WordPress ‘Tell Tale’ Signs
- Anti-Comment Spam
- Monitoring Files
- Link Tracking
- Block Known Offenders
- Automate WP Updates
- WordPress Security Audit
- Tighten Server Security
- Kick Out Policy
- Reputation Checking
- And More …
Blog Defender follows a logical sequence of steps to help secure your website, addressing hosting security, using scanning and detection tools to identify risky WordPress themes and plugins, and then implementing website-wide security using the tools and plugins provided.
(Blog Defender security process. Product image source: BlogDefender.com)
Below are a couple of the testimonials customers have published about Blog Defender:
”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, no websites or blogs using Blog Defender were hacked since Blog Defender’s release.
Matt Garrett, the product developer 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.”
The war on hackers is is a never-ending game of cat and mouse and all security solutions are only as good as the knowledge and tools that developers currently have access to. The latest release of Blog Defender provides users with an easier WordPress security solution that doesn’t require 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 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 risk-free, thirty 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.. Cost = $47.00.
Please Note: Current pricing for the Blog Defender plugin depends on whether there are any promotions or limited-time specials being offered. The above reflects the price at the time this content was written. This may or may not be the actual price set by the product author 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 current price here:
For help documentation and tutorials, FAQs, customer helpdesk, contact details and more, visit the Blog Defender website.
Regardless of the type of business you run or plan to run online and how small you think your web presence is, you cannot afford to ignore the importance of securing your sites.
WordPress is a secure platform, but neglecting basic maintenance tasks like keeping your WordPress core files, plugins and WP themes up-to-date, tightening file and data protection and taking other necessary precautions can have disastrous consequences.
Adopting a security policy such as the one Blog Defender provides, will help 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 website is hacked or compromised, what security features to look for in a webhost, and which tools can make the process of securing your WordPress site easier.
For more details, check out the plugin here: Blog Defender Security Product Suite For WordPress Websites & Blogs