It’s 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 began reporting that 160,000+ WordPress websites had been hacked.
Thousands of websites are attacked every year! Could your website 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 well-known flaw to attack unsuspecting WP web sites and direct a distributed-denial-of-service attack (DDoS) towards another popular website.
Every website or blog with a vulnerability provides an opportunity to hackers. No web site is completely safe from being attacked. Large, medium and small business web sites, personal blogs, government websites … even sites owned by web security experts can and have been targeted.
If a malicious user can exploit a weakness in your web security and control your site, that blog can then be employed to attack more valuable websites.
The reality is that brute-force software bots are very likely searching for vulnerabilities and trying to hack into your site as you are reading these very words. Whether they will do this successfully will depend on how hard or easy you will make things for hackers and botnets to keep trying until they can discover how to get access, or give up and go look for a less secure 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 website through their WordPress security check …
(Hackertarget – Website Security Check Screenshot image: https://hackertarget.com/wordpress-security-scan)
You will see that the scan will return a number of results and details about your site setup …
(WP security scan results. Image source: Hackertarget.com)
It should be obvious after using this tool that if you can freely access all of this information, hackers can too.
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The ability 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 are all valuable information to hackers, as this informs them about potentially exploitable security weaknesses, especially in older versions.
Fortunately, there is a solution to stop broadcasting all of this information about your web site and protect against malicious attacks.
Blog Defender is a package of WordPress security video tutorials, plugins and tools, plus a WordPress security PDF/DOC file.
Matt Garrett, the creator of BlogDefender developed BlogDefender after noticing that a WordPress blog he set up for his mother had been hacked into and suspended. This particular blog had literally nothing of value to offer, yet it still was attacked.
Matt only became aware of what had happened after being informed by his host and noticing that a significant amount of unusual activity had taken place within the site, as well as the addition of a number of malicious files by whoever had broken into his mother’s site.
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Matt’s experience shows that all websites have some value to hackers.
Blog Defender scans you website for security holes …
And let’s you fix these quickly …
Blog Defender – WordPress Plugins
The product suite comes with three WordPress plugins:
Plugin #1 “Automated Backups” in the Blog Defender suite provides automated backups …
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The “Automated Backups” plugin lets you do secure site and file backups to your server, third-party servers and well-known cloud-based storage solutions using a number of backup methods (including FTP and email backups), schedule complete or partial backups, exclude files or tables from your backups, restore backups, replace URLs (useful when migrating websites to different domains or server locations), do mass text string replacements in databases, perform malware scans and blacklist checks automatically, and more.
Pro Plugin #2 “WP Security” provides your site with security …
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The plugin performs a range of website protection functions (see “Product Features” section below).
Plugin #3 scans your plugins, themes and core files to detect whether any of your files have been found, and fix the problem …
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Plugin #3 “WordPress Scan & Repair” also scans content to see if any malicious scripts have been added to 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).
Step-By-Step Tutorial Videos
In addition to plugins, the Blog Defender security suite also includes video guides plus training documentation that teach you exactly how to protect your site from malicious users …
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Below are just some of the many benefits and advantages of using Blog Defender to make your WordPress site invisible to hackers and botnets on your website:
Installation Is Easy
The Blog Defender plugins are quite easy to install. Simply upload them to your Plugins folder via your dashboard and activate.
Simple And Easy To Follow
Blog Defender is a do-it-yourself training product that guides you through the website security process and shows you exactly what to do, including how to set everything up, and even which WordPress plugins you can install for free to get the job done.
Additional plugin benefits include the following:
- Protect your WordPress website from hackers, spammers, botnets, data mining tools and malicious users whose aims is to exploit your site for their own personal and financial gain.
- Protect Your Info Products From Being Freely Distributed – If you are an information product creator (e.g. downloadable e-books, video training, etc.), your work can be stolen and end up becoming freeware on free download sites.
- Avoid A Tragic Situation – When a website gets hacked, expect to go through a serious amount of inconvenience and heartache. It can take days to uncover the problem and sort through the issues these have caused. In the meantime, your, site could be suspended by your host, or even blocked by search engines. And if that isn’t enough to have to deal with, your personal contacts can be spammed, your customer list and financial details can be stolen, you could end up being fined or even charged with fraud, and a whole lot more.
Blog Defender offers a number of features to web site owners.
Blog Defender helps you fix all of the following security areas and vulnerabilities:
- Host Security Advisory
- WP Plugin Security Audits
- 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 Blocking
- Monitoring Files
- Monitor Links
- Blocking Known Offenders
- Automate WP Updates
- WordPress Security Audit
- Tighten Server Security
- Kick Out Policy
- Reputation Checking
- And More …
Blog Defender provides a logical sequence of steps for securing your site, addressing hosting security, using tools to quickly identify risky WordPress themes and WP plugins, and then implementing site-wide security using the tools and plugins provided.
(Blog Defender WordPress security process. Product image source: BlogDefender website)
Below are a couple of the testimonials and feedback plugin customers have published about the Blog Defender solution:
”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
”My business is built around the WordPress platform and I’m embarrassed to admin I’ve been slack in the security department. However, Matt’s training soon put that right! I followed each detailed video to the letter and discovered some incredible security tricks and plugins I’d never heard of before. Better still, all the plugins were free to download too! The end result? My WordPress membership site is now locked down tighter than Parkhurst at midnight and if anybody tries hacking it, I’ll be the first to know! thanks again Matt, I’m off to secure the rest of the blogs in my portfolio!” David Walker – www.inboxrockstar.com
According to the plugin developer, since Blog Defender was first released in 2012, no Blog Defender-secured websites have been hacked.
The product developer 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.”
The war on hackers is is a never-ending game of cat and mouse and all security solutions are only as good as the knowledge and tools developers can currently harness. The latest release of Blog Defender creates an easier WordPress security solution that doesn’t need constant attention, doesn’t cost a fortune and it’s as good if not better than most premium 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, thirty 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: Pricing for the product can vary, depending on whether there are any promotions or limited-time special offers. When we last checked, the product sells for the prices shown above. This may not be the actual price charged by the plugin author when you visit the plugin site and there may be additional upsells or one-time offers after you’ve purchased.
Check the plugin’s website for the latest price:
For help documentation and tutorials, FAQs, customer help desk, contact details and more, visit the Blog Defender website.
Use These Plugins
Regardless of the type of business you run or plan to run online and how small you think your web presence is, securing your web site is something you simply cannot ignore.
WordPress is a very secure platform, but neglecting basic maintenance tasks like keeping your WordPress core files, plugins and WP themes up-to-date, tightening file and data protection and taking other necessary precautions can have disastrous consequences.
Adopting security procedures like the one 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 if your site is hacked, what security features to look for in a webhost, and how to avoid major WordPress security holes without paying a lot of money.
For complete details, check out the plugin here: Blog Defender WordPress Security Suite