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 before someone attempts to hack into your site.
On March 11, 2014, technology sites like Cnet.com reported that 162,000 WordPress websites had been hacked.
Thousands of websites are attacked every year! Could yours be next?
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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 vulnerability offers some value to hackers. All websites are valuable to hackers. Corporate websites, personal blogs, government web sites … even sites owned by online security and anti-hacking experts can and have been targeted.
If someone can find a way to break in and remotely take control of your website or blog, the website can then be used as a “bot” in a planned cyber-attack against larger and more valued websites.
The harsh reality is that brute-force software bots are searching for exploits and trying to break into your website or blog right now. Whether they can do this successfully or not, depends on how hard or easy you have made things for hackers or botnets to continue trying until they work out how to get access, or decide to look for a less protected target.
How Much Information About Your WordPress Site Are You Broadcasting To Hackers?
Do you own a WordPress site? If so, visit Hackertarget.com and run your website through their WordPress security scan …
(WP Security Check Screenshot source: https://hackertarget.com/wordpress-security-scan)
You will see that the test will yield a number of results and information about your WordPress installation …
(Hackertarget – WordPress security check results. Product image: Hackertarget.com)
It should be obvious after using the tool shown above that if you are able to freely access all of this information, then hackers can too.
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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 be useful information to hackers, as these can inform them about any security vulnerabilities, especially where site owners haven’t updated their software versions.
Fortunately, there is a solution that can stop broadcasting all of this information about your website and make your site invisible to malicious attackers and bots.
Blog Defender 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 the BlogDefender security suit began developing BlogDefender after noticing that a WordPress blog he set up for his mother got hacked into. This site was almost brand new and had literally no value to offer, yet it was still attacked.
Matt only became aware of this after being contacted by his host and noticing that a significant amount of suspicious activity had occurred within his site, as well as the addition of a number of malicious files by whoever had broken into the site.
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Matt’s experience shows that every website has some value to hackers.
Blog Defender shows you where the security weaknesses in your WordPress site are …
And let’s you quickly fix these …
Blog Defender – WP Plugins
The product suite comes with 3 plugins for WordPress:
Pro Plugin # 1 in the product suite helps you schedule automated backups …
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Plugin #1 lets you do secure site and file backups to your server, third-party servers and leading cloud solutions using different backup methods (e.g. Email), schedule complete or partial backups, exclude tables or files from backups, restore backups, replace URLs (useful when migrating websites to new domains or server locations), do mass text string replacements in your WordPress database, perform malware scans and blacklist checks automatically, and more.
Plugin #2 provides WordPress security …
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The plugin performs a range of site security functions (see “Plugin Features” section below).
Plugin #3 lets you scan your content and files to see whether any code in your files has been tampered with, and repair problems …
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Pro Plugin # 3 also scans content to see if any malicious content have been inserted into your site, bans bad bots, blocks brute force attacks and detects any content leeching (where others benefit from your hard work without reciprocating the favor).
Step-By-Step Tutorial Videos
In addition to plugins, Blog Defender also includes a number of step-by-step training in video format and training guides that will show you exactly what to do to protect your site from hackers and bots …
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For more details, visit the plugin site here:
Benefits Of Using Blog Defender
Here we have listed just a few of the benefits of using Blog Defender to make your WordPress site invisible to hackers and botnets on your web site:
Quick And Simple To Install And Configure
The Blog Defender plugins install like every other WP plugin. Just upload them to your Plugins folder via your admin user section and activate.
Simple And Easy To Follow
Blog Defender is a do-it-yourself training product that takes you through the website security process and shows you what to do, including how to set everything up, and even which plugins you can use for free to get the job done inexpensively.
Some additional benefits of using the plugin include:
- Protect your WordPress site from hackers, spammers, bad bots, data miners and malicious users attempting to ruin your business for personal and financial gain at your expense.
- Helps Avoid Intellectual Property Theft – If your site sells info products (e.g. downloadable e-books, videos, etc.), your product can end up becoming freeware on peer-to-peer sharing sites.
- Avoid Getting Blacklisted By Your Host – When a website has been hacked, expect to go through a great deal of frustration and heartache. It can take days to uncover problems and sort through the issues these have caused. During this time, your, website could be closed by your webhost, or even blacklisted by search engines. And if this isn’t enough to have to deal with, your personal contacts could end up being spammed, your customer list and financial details can be stolen, you could end up being fined or even charged with fraud, and much more.
Blog Defender Features
Blog Defender hide your website from hackers and malicious botnets.
The product covers the following security areas:
- Webhost Security Advisory
- Plugin Security Audits
- WordPress 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
- File Monitoring
- Link Tracking
- Known Offender Blocking
- Automating Core Updates
- WordPress Security Audit
- Tightening Server Security
- Kick Out Policy
- Reputation Checking
- And More …
Blog Defender uses a logical sequence of steps for securing your site, 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 WordPress security process. Image source: BlogDefender website)
Feedback From Users
Here are a couple of the testimonials that plugin users have written about Blog Defender:
“You are literally walked through the process!” Nikki Stephens, www.nikkistephens.com
”A top level force against hacker attacks!” Micheal Nicholas, Impact Info Marketing
According to Matt Garrett’s site, since Blog Defender’s first release in 2012, no Blog Defender-secured websites have been hacked.
Matt Garrett 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 technologies that developers currently can access. The latest release of Blog Defender creates 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 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 no-risk, 30 day, complete money-back guarantee.
Product License 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.. Price = $47.00.
Please Note: Current pricing for this product can vary, depending on whether there are any promotions or limited-time specials being offered. The above reflects the current price at the time this review was written. This may or may not be the actual price charged by the product author when you visit the product site and you may be shown additional upsells or one-time offers after your purchase.
Check the plugin’s website for current pricing details:
For help documentation and tutorials, FAQs, customer help desk, contact details and more, visit the Blog Defender website.
Use These Plugins
Regardless of the kind 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 websites.
WordPress is a secure platform, but neglecting basic maintenance tasks like keeping your WordPress software, WP plugins and WP themes updated to their latest versions, tightening file and data security and taking other necessary precautions can have disastrous consequences.
Adopting a security policy such as the one Blog Defender provides, will help you understand what your security responsibilities are as the website owner, what hosting companies can and can’t do if your websites are attacked, what security features to look for in a webhost, and how to avoid all the major WordPress security holes without investing in expensive solutions.
To learn more, check out the plugin here: Blog Defender Security Plugin