It’s probably safe to assume that if you haven’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+ legitimate WordPress-powered web sites had been hacked.
Thousands of websites are attacked every year! Could yours be next?
(Screenshot: BlogDefender site)
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 flaw to attack unsuspecting WP sites and direct a distributed-denial-of-service cyber attack (DDoS) towards another popular website.
You may think that the information in your website or blog offers little to no value to hackers, but the reality is that all websites are valuable to a malicious user.
If a malicious user can find a way to take over your web site, your site can then be used as a “bot” to attack more highly-valued sites.
The reality is that malicious bots are very likely trying to hack into your website or blog as you are reading this. Whether they will hack in successfully or not, will depend on how hard or easy you have made things for hackers and botnets to continue trying until they discover a way to break in, or give up and decide to 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 Hackertarget.com and run your site through their WordPress security scan …
(Hackertarget – WordPress Security Check Product image: Hackertarget.com)
You will see that the scan will yield a number of results and details about your website …
(WordPress security check results. Image source: Hackertarget.com)
It should be obvious after using this tool that if you are able to access all of this information, then hackers can too.
(Product image source: BlogDefender site)
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 can be potentially useful information to hackers, as this informs them about potential security weaknesses, especially in older versions.
Fortunately, there is a simple way you can stop broadcasting all of this information about your site and make your site invisible to malicious users and botnets.
Blog Defender WordPress Security Solution
The product is a suite of WordPress security video tutorials, WordPress plugins and tools, plus WordPress security documentation in PDF and DOC formats.
Matt Garrett, the creator of BlogDefender began developing BlogDefender after noticing that a WordPress blog he set up for his mother had been hacked into and suspended. This site was quite new and had practically nothing of value to offer, yet it was still attacked.
Matt only became aware of the event after being contacted by his host and noticing that a significant amount of suspicious activity had occurred inside the server, as well as the addition of several phishing files by whoever had broken into the site.
(Source: Blog Defender)
This simple example should be enough to convince you that all websites are valuable to hackers.
Blog Defender scans you WordPress site for potential security weaknesses …
And then shows you how to fix these quickly and easily …
Blog Defender – Plugins
The product suite comes with 3 WordPress plugins:
Pro Plugin # 1 in the product suite provides automated backups …
(Screenshot: Blog Defender)
The “Automated Backups” plugin lets you do automated backups to your server, external servers and popular cloud solutions using a number of backup methods, automate full or partial backups, exclude tables or files from backups, restore backups, replace URLs (for site migrations), do bulk text string replacements in databases, perform malware scans and blacklist checks automatically, and more.
Plugin #2 “WordPress Security” provides your website or blog with security …
(Screenshot image: Blog Defender)
The “WordPress Security” plugin provides a range of essential site security functions (see “Blog Defender Features” section below).
Pro Plugin #3 “WordPress Scan & Repair” allows you to scan your plugins, WP themes, WP core files and content to detect if anything in your files has been tampered with, and repair problems …
(Screenshot: Blog Defender)
Plugin #3 “WP 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 people benefit from your hard work without offering anything of value in return).
In addition to the plugins, Blog Defender also includes seven training modules in video format and PDF/DOC guides that will show you exactly what to do to protect your website from malicious attacks …
(Screenshot: BlogDefender site)
Learn more about this plugin here:
Here we have listed just some of the benefits and advantages of using Blog Defender to make your WordPress site invisible to hackers and botnets on your website:
Ready To Start Using In Minutes
The plugins install just like every other WordPress plugin. Just upload them to your Plugins folder via your WordPress dashboard and activate.
Really Simple And Easy To Follow Training
Blog Defender can be used as a do-it-yourself training product that will walk 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 the job done inexpensively.
Some additional benefits include:
- Protect your WordPress website from hackers, spammers, botnets, data mining tools and malicious users attempting to exploit your site for their own personal and financial gain.
- Protects Intellectual Property From Theft – If you sell digital products (e.g. downloadable e-books, video tutorials, etc.), your product can end up as freeware on peer-to-peer sharing sites.
- Avoid A Nightmare Situation – When a website is hacked, expect to go through a great deal of frustration and heartache. It can take days to uncover the problem and sort through any issues these have caused. Your, website could be closed by your host, or even blacklisted in search engines. In addition, your contacts can end up being spammed, your subscriber list and financial details could be stolen, you could end up being fined or even charged with fraud, and a whole lot more.
Blog Defender provides a number of great features to site owners.
Blog Defender provides fixes for the following security areas:
- Host Security Advisory
- Plugin Security Audits
- WordPress 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
- File Monitoring
- Monitor Links
- Known Offender Blocking
- Automating Core Updates
- WordPress Security Audit
- Tighter Server Security
- Kick Out Policy
- Online Reputation Checking
- And More …
Blog Defender follows a logical process to help secure your web site, addressing potential hosting security issues, 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 WordPress security process. Screenshot: BlogDefender.com)
Here are some of the testimonials and feedback that plugin users have written about Blog Defender:
”Great way to secure your blog!” JohnThornhill – www.johnthornhill.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’s site, since Blog Defender’s first release, no Blog Defender-secured sites have been hacked.
Matt also 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.”
Cybersecurity is an escalating arms race and all security solutions are only as good as the knowledge and tools that developers can get their hands on. The latest release of Blog Defender provides users with an easier WordPress security solution that doesn’t require constant attention, doesn’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.
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, 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: Pricing for Blog Defender can vary, depending on whether there are any promotions or limited-time specials being offered. The above reflects the pricing when this article was published. This may not be the actual pricing charged by the software 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 help desk, 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, website security is something you cannot afford to ignore.
WordPress is a secure platform, but neglecting simple maintenance tasks like making sure that your WordPress installation, plugins and themes are kept updated to their latest versions, tightening file and data security and taking other necessary precautions can have disastrous consequences.
Adopting security procedures like the one Blog Defender provides, will help you understand what’s going on in your site and where the vulnerabilities are, what hosting companies can and can’t do to help prevent your sites being hacked, what security features to look for in a webhost, and which tools can make the process of securing your installation easier.
For full details, check out the plugin here: Blog Defender