Blog Defender – WordPress Security Suite

Blog Defender is a suite of WordPress security plugins and tools, video tutorials, and WordPress security documentation in PDF and DOC formats that helps prevent malicious attacks on WordPress websites and blogs by hackers and botnets.

WordPress Product Review: Secure Your WP Web Site From Hackers & BotsThe sheer number of attacks on websites and blogs worldwide is massive, and the situation is only going to get worse.

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 began reporting that 160,000+ WordPress-powered websites had been hacked.

Thousands of websites and blogs are hacked every year! Could yours be next?

Thousands of websites are hacked every year! Could yours be next?

(Image source: BlogDefender.com)

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.”

(Source: cnet.com/news/ddos-attack-is-launched-from-162000-wordpress-sites)

As described by security firm Sucuri, hackers had leveraged a flaw to attack unsuspecting WP websites and direct a distributed-denial-of-service attack (DDoS) towards another popular website.

Every site with a security vulnerability provides some degree of opportunity to hackers. An unsecured site provides malicious users with a valuable platform for launching denial of service attacks, spreading malware and as a source of information theft.

If hackers can hack and take over your website or blog, that blog can then be employed as part of a larger network of “bots” to target more valued sites.

The reality is that malicious bots are very likely looking for vulnerabilities and trying to break into your site as you are reading this page at this very moment. Whether they will hack into your site successfully will depend on how hard you can make things for hackers and bots to keep trying until they either find a way to break in, or are forced to give up and decide to look for a less secure target.

How Much Information About Your Site Are You Broadcasting To Hackers?

If you visit a site like Hackertarget.com and run your website through their WordPress security check …

WordPress Security Scan

(WordPress Security Check Screenshot image: https://hackertarget.com/wordpress-security-scan)

You will see that the check returns various results and information about your site …

WordPress Security Check

(WP security scan results. Screenshot source: Hackertarget.com)

It should be obvious after using the tool shown above that if you are able to see all of this information about your blog, then hackers can too.

WordPress Security Scan

(Source: BlogDefender website)

The ability 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 can be potentially useful information to hackers, as this can inform them about any exploitable security weaknesses, especially in older versions.

Fortunately, there is a simple solution to stop broadcasting all of this information about your website and protect against malicious attacks.

Blog Defender Security Plugin For WordPress

Blog Defender Security Solution For WordPress Sites

Product Description

The product is a suite of WordPress security video tutorials, WordPress plugins and tools, plus a WordPress security PDF/DOC file.

Matt Garrett, the creator of the BlogDefender security suit developed BlogDefender after noticing that a WordPress blog he set up for his mother had been hacked into. This particular site was quite new and had practically nothing to offer, yet it still was attacked.

Matt only became aware of the event after being contacted by his host and seeing that a significant amount of suspicious activity had taken place within his site, as well as the addition of several phishing files by whoever had broken into his mother’s site.

Blog Defender

(Source: Blog Defender)

This example shows that every website is valuable to hackers.

Blog Defender scans you web site for potential security vulnerabilities …

Blog Defender Security Plugin

And then shows you how to fix these quickly …

Blog Defender Security Suite For WordPress

WP Plugins

The product suite comes with three plugins for WordPress:

The first plugin in the Blog Defender product suite helps you schedule automated backups …

Blog Defender Security Product Suite For WordPress

(Screenshot image: Blog Defender)

This plugin lets you do secure site and file backups to your server, external servers and well-known cloud-based backup solutions using a number of backup methods, automate complete or partial backups, exclude files or tables from your backups, restore backups, replace URLs (for site migrations), do bulk text replacements in databases, perform malware scans and blacklist checks automatically, and more.

Plugin #2 provides your website with security …

Blog Defender

(Product image: BlogDefender.com)

The plugin provides a range of essential website protection functions (see “Features” section below).

Plugin #3 “WordPress Scan & Repair” scans your plugins, themes, core files and content to see if anything in your files has been modified, and fix any problems it detects …

Blog Defender

(Source: BlogDefender site)

Pro Plugin #3 “WP Scan & Repair” also scans content to see if any malicious URLs have been added to your site, bans bad bots, blocks brute force attacks and detects any content leeching (where people benefit from your work without reciprocating the favor).

Training Videos

In addition to plugins, Blog Defender also includes seven step-by-step video training modules and downloadable documentation that will show you exactly what to do to protect your site from hackers and bots …

Blog Defender Security Product Suite

(Screenshot: BlogDefender site)

Go here to learn more:

Benefits Of Using Blog Defender

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:

Quick And Easy To Install And Use

The Blog Defender plugins install just like every WordPress plugin. Simply upload the plugin files to your Plugins folder via your WordPress admin user area and activate.

Really Simple And Easy To Follow

Blog Defender can be used as an easy-to-follow do-it-yourself training product that guides you through the website security process and shows you exactly what to do, including how to set things up, and even which plugins you can use for free to get things done inexpensively.

Some additional benefits include:

  • Protect your WordPress website from hackers, spammers, botnets, data mining tools and malicious users whose aims is to exploit your site for personal and financial gain at your expense.
  • Prevent Your Info Products From Being Freely Distributed – If your site sells digital products (e.g. downloadable e-books, video tutorials, etc.), your product can end up becoming freeware on free sharing sites.
  • Avoid Getting Blocked By Your Web Host And Delisted By Search Engines – When a website has been hacked, you should expect to go through a serious amount of inconvenience and heartache. It can take days to uncover the problem and sort through any issues these have caused. During this time, your, web presence can get closed by your host, or even deindexed in search engines. And if that is not enough to have to deal with, hackers can spam your contact list and steal your personal details or financial information, you could be fined or even charged with fraud, and a whole lot more.

Plugin Features

Blog Defender hide your web site from hackers and malicious bots.

The product helps you fix all of the following areas:

  • Hosting Security Advisory
  • WP Plugin Security Audits
  • WordPress Theme Security Audits
  • Anti Brute Force Security
  • Anti Cross-Site Scripting
  • MySQL Database Security
  • Nefarious Traffic Blocking
  • Hide WordPress ‘Tell Tale’ Signs
  • Anti-Comment Spam
  • File Monitoring
  • Tracking Links
  • Block Known Offenders
  • Automating WordPress Updates
  • WordPress Security Audit
  • Tighter Server Security
  • Kick Out Policy
  • Reputation Checking
  • And More …

Blog Defender follows a logical sequence of steps to help protect your site, addressing hosting security, using scanning and detection tools to identify risky themes and plugins, and then implementing site-wide security using the tools and plugins provided.

Blog Defender Security Suite For WordPress

(Blog Defender website security process. Image source: Blog Defender)

Feedback From Users

Here are a few of the testimonials and comments that plugin customers have provided for the Blog Defender product:

”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

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”Just one tip could have prevented my blogs getting hacked!” Richard Legg – www.richard-legg.com

Plugin Tips

According to the plugin’s site, since Blog Defender was first released back in 2012, no websites or blogs secured by the solution have been 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.”

The war on hackers is an ever-escalating arms race and all security solutions are only as good as the information and technologies that developers presently can access. The latest release of Blog Defender provides users with an easier WordPress security solution that doesn’t need constant attention, won’t cost you a fortune and it’s as good if not better than many premium 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, complete money-back guarantee.

Product Licensing Pricing

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: Price details for the Blog Defender plugin can vary, depending on whether there are any promotions or limited-time specials being offered. The above reflects the price when this review was written. This may or may not be the actual price charged by the plugin developer when you visit the product site and there may be additional upsells or one-time offers after purchasing.

Check the plugin’s website for current pricing details:

Additional Information

For help documentation and tutorials, FAQs, support help desk, contact details and more, visit the Blog Defender website.

Use These Plugins

No matter what type of business you run or plan to run online and how small you think your web presence is, you cannot ignore the importance of web security.

WordPress is a secure platform, but neglecting essential maintenance tasks like making sure that your WP core files, WP plugins and WP themes are kept updated to their latest versions, tightening file and data protection and taking other necessary precautions can have disastrous consequences.

Adopting a security procedure such as the one that Blog Defender provides, will help you learn what’s going on in your site and where the vulnerabilities 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 major WordPress security holes without paying for costly solutions.

Hide Your WP Site From Hackers & Bots With Blog Defender Security Plugin For WordPress Websites

To learn more, visit the plugin website here: Blog Defender

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