You can safely 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 over 160,000+ legitimate WordPress-powered sites had been hacked.
Thousands of websites and blogs are attacked every year! Will yours be one of them?
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 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.
You may think that the information in your website or blog is of no interest to hackers, but the reality is that all websites have some value to a malicious user.
If someone can break in and gain remote access and control of your blog, that site can then be used as a “bot” in a planned cyber attack against more valued sites.
The reality is that software-driven bots are trying to hack into your site at this very moment. Whether they will get into your site depends on how difficult you can make it for hackers to keep persisting until they can work out a way to get in, or give up and decide to look for an easier target.
How Much Information About Your WordPress Site Are You Broadcasting To Hackers?
Does your website run on WordPress? If so visit a site like Hackertarget.com and run your site through their WordPress security check …
(Hackertarget – Website Security Scan Product image source: https://hackertarget.com/wordpress-security-scan)
You will see that the test returns various results and information about your website …
(website security check results. Source: Hackertarget.com)
It should be obvious after using the tool shown above that if you are able to freely access all of this information, so can hackers.
(Product image source: BlogDefender.com)
The ability 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 on your server can all be potentially useful information to hackers, as this informs them about any potential security vulnerabilities, especially in older versions.
Fortunately, there is a way you can stop broadcasting all of this information about your website and protect against malicious attacks.
Blog Defender Security Plugin
The product is a suite of WordPress security video tutorials, 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 particular blog was almost brand new and so had literally no value to offer, yet it still was targeted by hackers.
Matt only became aware of what had happened after being suspended by his host and noticing that a significant amount of unusual activity had taken place within his server, as well as the addition of several malicious files designed to lure visitors to the site and hijack Paypal account information.
(Screenshot: BlogDefender site)
This simple example should be enough to illustrate the fact that all websites have some value to hackers.
Blog Defender scans you WordPress site for potential security vulnerabilities …
And let’s you easily fix these …
Blog Defender – WordPress Plugins
Blog Defender includes three plugins:
Plugin #1 in the product suite helps you schedule automated backups …
(Product image source: Blog Defender)
This plugin lets you do automated site and file backups to your server, third-party servers and cloud-based solutions using a number of backup methods (including FTP and email backups), automate complete or partial backups, exclude tables or files from your backups, restore previous backups, replace URLs (useful when migrating sites to new domains or server locations), search and replace text in your WordPress database, perform auto database scans and repairs, and more.
Plugin #2 provides WordPress security …
(Screenshot image: BlogDefender site)
This plugin performs a range of website protection functions (see “Plugin Features” section below).
Plugin #3 allows you to scan WordPress sites to detect whether any of your files have been altered, and repair any problems found …
Pro Plugin # 3 also scans content to see if any malicious scripts have been inserted into your site files, bans bad bots, blocks brute force attacks and detects any content leeching (where others benefit from your hard work without reciprocating the favor).
Blog Defender – Step-By-Step Videos
In addition to the plugins, the Blog Defender product suite also includes step-by-step tutorial videos plus written guides that will show you exactly how to protect your website from hackers …
(Product image source: BlogDefender.com)
To learn more about the plugin go here:
Here are just a few of the benefits and advantages of using Blog Defender to make your WordPress site invisible to hackers and botnets on your website:
Fast And Easy To Install And Configure
The plugins included with Blog Defender are really easy to install. Simply upload them to your Plugins folder via your WP dashboard and activate.
Really Simple And Easy To Follow Training
Blog Defender can be used as a practical training product that walks you through the website security process and shows you what to do, including how to set everything up, and even which WordPress plugins you can use for free to get the job done.
Additional benefits of this plugin include:
- Protect your website from hackers, spammers, bad bots, data miners and malicious users attempting to ruin your business for their own personal and financial gain.
- Prevent Your Info Products From Being Stolen – If you’re a digital product author (e.g. downloadable ebooks, videos, etc.), your product can end up becoming freeware on peer-to-peer sharing sites.
- Avoid Getting Blocked By Your Web Host And Delisted By Search Engines – When a site has been hacked, you should expect to go through a great deal of frustration and aggravation. It can take days to uncover the problem and sort through the issues these have caused. In the meantime, your, sites could be closed by your webhost, or even blocked in 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 end up being fined or even charged with fraud, and more.
Blog Defender was created to lock down your site and keep your business safe and secure 24/7.
The product addresses the following areas:
- Webhost Security Advisory
- Plugin Security Audits
- Theme Security Audits
- Anti Brute Force Security
- Anti Cross-Site Scripting
- WordPress Database Security
- Nefarious Traffic Blocking
- Hide WordPress ‘Tell Tale’ Signs
- Anti-Comment Spam
- File Monitoring
- Link Tracking
- Block Known Offenders
- Automating WordPress Updates
- WordPress Security Audit
- Tightening Server Security
- Kick Out Policy
- Online Reputation Checking
- And More …
Blog Defender uses a logical process for securing your your WordPress installation, addressing potential hosting security issues, using tools to identify risky themes and plugins, and then implementing site-wide security using the tools and plugins provided.
(Blog Defender WordPress security process. Product image source: BlogDefender.com)
Below are some of the testimonials and feedback that plugin users have published about Blog Defender:
”This is a seriously good product!” Simon Hodgkinson, www.hodgkinsonpublishing.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 product’s site, since Blog Defender was first released, no Blog Defender-protected websites or blogs have been hacked.
Matt 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 constant game of cat and mouse and all security solutions are only as good as the knowledge and tools that developers can access. The latest release of Blog Defender creates an easier WordPress security solution that doesn’t need constant attention, is quite inexpensive and it’s as good if not better than many 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, complete refund guarantee.
Blog Defender is normally available for personal use only 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 of purchasing Blog Defender can vary, depending on whether there are any promotions or limited-time specials being offered. The pricing above was current when this content was written. This may or may not be the actual price set by the plugin seller when you visit the plugin website and you may be shown additional upsells or one-time offers after you’ve purchased.
Check the plugin’s website for the latest price:
Additional Plugin Information
For installation instructions and tutorials, FAQs, support helpdesk, contact details and more, visit the Blog Defender website.
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Regardless of the kind of business you run or plan to run online and how small you think your web presence is, securing your sites is something you simply cannot ignore.
WordPress is a very secure web platform, but neglecting simple maintenance tasks like keeping your WP core files, plugins and WordPress themes updated to their latest versions, tightening file and data security and taking other necessary precautions can expose your site to malicious by hackers and bots.
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 to help prevent your sites being attacked, what security features to look for in a webhost, and which tools can make the process of securing your WordPress site easier.
For full details, visit the plugin website: Blog Defender Security Suite