It’s probably safe to assume that if you haven’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 sites had been hacked.
Thousands of websites 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 reported 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 website or blog with a security vulnerability can present an opportunity to hackers. An unsecured blog not only presents hackers opportunities to improve their skills and claim “bragging rights” amongst their peers, but it can also serve as a valuable platform for launching denial of service attacks, distributing malware and participating in information theft.
If a malicious user can exploit a way to take over and control your website, that web site can then be used to attack more highly-valued sites.
The truth is that hackers are most likely trying to break into your website or blog at this very moment. Whether they can break in or not, will depend on how hard you have made things for hackers or bots to keep persisting until they can either work out a way to get access, or are forced to decide to look for an easier target.
How Much Information Are You Broadcasting To Hackers About Your Site?
Do you own a WordPress site? If so, visit a site like Hackertarget.com and run your site through their WordPress security scan …
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You will see that the check returns various results and information about your website setup …
(Hackertarget – WordPress security check results. 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.
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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 in your site can be potentially valuable information to hackers, as these can inform them about any potential security vulnerabilities, especially where the owners haven’t updated their sites.
Fortunately, there is a simple and inexpensive way you can stop broadcasting all of this information about your site and make your site invisible to malicious users and bots.
Blog Defender Security Suite For WordPress Sites
Blog Defender 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 had been hacked into. This particular blog had practically nothing to offer, yet it was still targeted by hackers.
Matt only became aware of what had happened after being contacted by his host and noticing that a significant amount of unusual activity had occurred inside the site, as well as the addition of several malicious files designed to lure visitors to the site and steal their Paypal account details.
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Matt’s experience should be enough to convince you that every website is valuable to hackers.
Blog Defender scans you WordPress site for potential security vulnerabilities …
And let’s you fix these quickly, easily and inexpensively …
Blog Defender – WP Plugins
The product suite comes with three plugins for WordPress:
Pro Plugin # 1 in the Blog Defender product suite provides automated backups …
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The plugin lets you do automated backups to your server, external servers and well-known cloud-based backup solutions using a number of backup methods (including FTP and email backups), perform complete or partial backups, exclude files or tables from your backups, restore backups, replace URLs (for site migrations), search and replace text in your database, perform malware scans and blacklist checks automatically, and more.
Pro Plugin # 2 provides your website with security …
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Plugin #2 provides a range of vital site and file protection functions (see “Product Features” section below).
The third plugin allows you to scan your plugins, WordPress themes, core files and content to detect whether your source code has been found, and fix any problems it finds …
(Screenshot: Blog Defender)
Plugin #3 “WordPress Scan & Repair” also scans content to see if any malicious URLs have been added to your site files, bans bad bots, blocks brute force attacks and detects any content leeching (where others benefit from your work without reciprocating the favor).
Blog Defender – Step-By-Step Videos
In addition to plugins, the Blog Defender security product suite also includes step-by-step videos plus training guides that teach you exactly how to protect your website from hackers …
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Learn more about the plugin here:
Here we have listed just a few of the benefits and advantages of using Blog Defender to make your WordPress site invisible to hackers and botnets on your site:
Ready To Go To Work In Minutes
The Blog Defender plugins install just like any plugin. Just upload the plugin files to your Plugin folder via your dashboard and activate.
Very Simple And Easy To Follow Training
Blog Defender can be used as a DIY step-by-step training product that will take you through the website security process and show you exactly what to do, including how to set things up, and even which free WordPress plugins you should use to get things done without incurring additional or unnecessary costs.
Some additional benefits and advantages include:
- Protect your site from hackers, spammers, botnets, data mining tools and malicious users attempting to ruin your business for personal and financial gain at your expense.
- Protect Your Info Products – If your site sells info products (e.g. downloadable ebooks, videos, etc.), your product can end up as freeware on free sharing sites.
- Avoid A Nightmare Situation – When a site is hacked, expect to go through a great deal of inconvenience and aggravation. It can take days to uncover the problem and sort through any issues these have caused. During this time, your, blog could be suspended by your webhost, or even deindexed by search engines. In addition, hackers can spam your contact list and steal your personal details and financial information, you could be fined or even charged with fraud, and much more.
Blog Defender Features
Blog Defender provides many features to WP users.
Blog Defender helps you fix all of the following areas:
- Webhost Security Advisory
- WordPress 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 Core Updates
- WordPress Security Audit
- Tightening Server Security
- Kick Out Policy
- Online Reputation Checking
- And More …
Blog Defender provides a logical process to help secure your website, addressing hosting security, using scanning and detection tools to quickly identify risky themes and plugins, and then helping you implement website-wide security using the tools and plugins provided.
(Blog Defender website security process. Source: Blog Defender)
Here are some of the testimonials that customers have written about Blog Defender:
”Don’t make the mistake of thinking you’re too small or not important enough to be hacked! I’ve found out that I’ve had bots in the backend of my sites, making alterations and changing things around, so there’s no telling what damage they’ve caused. I’ve had my main blog for over 3 years now, and the thought of losing all the hard work I’ve put into it is just devastating, not to mention costly! I have a shared hosting plan, so of course once they can get into one site, they can also access the others. Luckily, I now have the procedures detailed within Blog Defender in place so that I can prevent the majority of this ever happening again. Once you’ve secured one site it gets a lot quicker to secure all subsequent sites. With Blog Defender, you get easy-to-follow videos, along with a detailed checklist that you can downloadf. You are literally walked through the process of securing your blog against hackers, which has given me real peace of mind. This is a growing issue that all website owners are facing; so it isn’t going to go away. Prevention is better than cure, particularly as some of the nastier hacks around can literally ruin your business. So do yourself a favour – get your sites protected now, before it’s too late.” Nikki Stephens, www.nikkistephens.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 developer, no sites secured by the solution were hacked since Blog Defender’s release.
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 never-ending game of cat and mouse and all security solutions are only as good as the information and technologies that developers can get their hands on. The latest release of Blog Defender creates an easier security solution that doesn’t need constant attention, doesn’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 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.
Note: The cost to purchase the product can vary, depending on whether there are any promotions or limited-time special offers. The price above was correct at the time this review was written. This may or may not be the actual pricing 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 current pricing details:
Additional Plugin Info
For installation instructions and tutorials, FAQs, customer helpdesk, contact details and more, visit the Blog Defender website.
Use This Product
No matter what 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 website.
WordPress is a very secure platform, but neglecting basic maintenance tasks like keeping your WordPress software, plugins and WP themes updated to their latest versions, tightening file and data protection and taking other necessary precautions can expose your website to attacks by hackers and bots.
Blog Defender helps you understand what your security responsibilities are as a site owner, what hosting companies can and can’t do if the security on your site is compromised, 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, check out the plugin here: Blog Defender