It’s 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 reported that 160,000+ WordPress-powered websites had been hacked.
Thousands of websites and blogs are attacked 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 described by security firm Sucuri, hackers had leveraged a flaw to attack unsuspecting WP websites 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 has no value to hackers, but the reality is that all websites have some value to a malicious user.
If someone can discover a security flaw that allows them to gain remote access and control of your website, the website or blog can then be used to attack more valued web sites.
The truth is that software-driven bots are probably trying to break into your site right now. Whether they can hack into your site successfully will depend on how hard you will make things for hackers to continue trying until they work out a way to get access, or are forced to decide to look for a less protected target.
How Much Information Are You Broadcasting To Hackers About Your WordPress Site?
Do you own a WordPress site? If so, visit a site like Hackertarget.com and run your website through their WordPress security scan …
(Website Security Scan Product image: Hackertarget.com)
You will see that the check will return various results and details about your WordPress setup …
(Hackertarget – WordPress security check results. Product image source: Hackertarget.com)
It should be obvious after using this tool that if you can freely access all of this information, then so can hackers.
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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 all be valuable information to hackers, as these can inform them about any exploitable security vulnerabilities, especially in older versions.
Fortunately, there is a simple way you can stop broadcasting all of this information about your web site and make your site invisible to hackers and bots.
Blog Defender WordPress Security Product Suite
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 developed BlogDefender after noticing that a WordPress-driven blog he set up for his mother got hacked into and suspended by its webhost. This particular blog was fairly new and so had practically no value to offer, yet it still was attacked.
Matt only became aware of this after being informed by his host and seeing that a significant amount of unusual activity had occurred within the server, as well as the addition of several malicious files designed to drive visitors to the site and hijack financial details.
Matt’s experience illustrates the fact that all websites have some value to hackers.
Blog Defender scans you web site for potential security holes …
And let’s you quickly fix these …
Blog Defender – Plugins
The product suite comes with three plugins:
The first plugin in the Blog Defender suite helps you schedule automated backups …
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Pro Plugin #1 “Automated Backups” lets you do automated site, file and data backups to your server, external servers and well-known cloud solutions using different backup methods, automate full or partial backups, exclude files or tables from your backups, restore backups, replace URLs (useful when migrating sites to different domains or server locations), do bulk text string replacements in databases, perform auto database scans and repairs, and more.
Plugin #2 provides WordPress security …
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The “WP Security” plugin performs a range of site and file protection functions (see “Features” section below).
Plugin #3 allows you to scan your website to see if any of your files have been found, and repair the problem …
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Pro Plugin #3 “WP Scan & Repair” also scans content to see if any malicious URLs have been inserted into your site, 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 product suite also includes video tutorials plus PDF/DOC guides that teach you exactly how to protect your website from hackers and bots …
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Go here to learn more:
Below we have listed just some of the benefits of using Blog Defender to make your WordPress site invisible to hackers and botnets on your website:
Installation Is Easy And Fast
The plugins are really easy to install. Just upload them to your Plugins folder via your admin login and activate.
Very Simple And Easy To Follow Training
Blog Defender can be used as a DIY training product that guides 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 install for free to get things done.
Additional plugin benefits include:
- Protect your WordPress website from hackers, spammers, bad bots, data mining tools and malicious users attempting to ruin your business for their own personal and financial gain.
- Secure Your Info Products – If you’re a digital product author (e.g. downloadable ebooks, video training, etc.), your work can be stolen and end up becoming freeware on free downloading sites.
- Avoid Getting Blocked By Your Host – When a website has been hacked, you can expect to go through a whole lot of frustration and heartache. It can take days to uncover problems and sort through any issues these have caused. Your, blog could be suspended by your webhost, or even deindexed by search engines. Additionally, your contacts could be spammed, your subscriber list and financial details could be stolen, you could be fined or even charged with fraud, and a whole lot more.
Blog Defender Features
Blog Defender was created to locks down your site and keeps your business safe and secure 24/7.
Blog Defender helps you fix the following areas:
- Webhost Security Advisory
- Plugin Security Audits
- Theme Security Audits
- Anti Brute Force Security
- Anti Cross-Site Scripting
- WP Database Security
- Nefarious Traffic Blocking
- Hiding WordPress ‘Tell Tale’ Signs
- Anti-Comment Spam Blocking
- Monitor Files
- Link Monitoring
- Known Offender Blocking
- Automating Core WordPress Updates
- WordPress Security Audit
- Tighten Server Security
- Kick Out Policy
- Online Reputation Checking
- And More …
Blog Defender provides a logical sequence of steps for securing your your WordPress installation, addressing potential hosting security issues, using tools to identify risky WP themes and WP plugins, and then helping you implement website-wide security using the tools and plugins provided.
(Blog Defender security process. Image source: BlogDefender site)
Feedback From Users
Below are a couple of the testimonials customers have provided for 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
”A top level force against hacker attacks!” Micheal Nicholas, Impact Info Marketing
According to Matt Garrett, the plugin developer, since Blog Defender was first released back in 2012, no Blog Defender-protected 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 is a perpetual game of cat and mouse and all security solutions are only as good as the information and tools developers can currently access. The latest release of Blog Defender provides users with an easier security solution that doesn’t need constant attention, doesn’t cost 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 risk-free, thirty day, 100% refund guarantee.
Product License Pricing
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: Pricing details of the product depends on whether there are any promotions or limited-time specials being offered. The above reflects the current pricing at the time this review was written. This may or may not be the actual price charged by the product developer when you visit the 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:
Additional Plugin Information
For help documentation and tutorials, FAQs, support helpdesk, 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, web security is something you simply cannot afford to ignore.
WordPress is a very secure platform, but neglecting basic maintenance tasks like making sure that your WP core files, 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.
Blog Defender helps 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 sites are attacked, what security features to look for in a webhost, and how to avoid all the major WordPress security holes without paying a lot of money.
For more information, check out the plugin here: Blog Defender Security Suite For WordPress