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 reported that over 162,000 WordPress-powered web sites had been hacked.
Thousands of websites and blogs 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.
You may think that the information in your website is of little value to hackers, but the reality is that to a hacker, every website is an opportunity to benefit at your expense.
If a malicious user can discover a software security flaw, your site can then be used as part of a larger network of “bots” to target larger and more valued web sites.
The reality is that malicious bots are most likely looking for security exploits and trying to break into your website at this very moment. Whether they can hack into your site successfully will depend on how hard or easy you will make it for hackers to continue trying until they either find a way to get access, or are forced to give up and go look for a less protected target.
How Much Information Are You Broadcasting To Hackers About Your WordPress Site?
Does your website run on WordPress? If so visit Hackertarget.com and run your site through their WordPress security scan …
(Hackertarget – WordPress Security Check Image source: Hackertarget.com)
You will see that the test returns various results and information about your site setup …
(WordPress security check results. Screenshot image: Hackertarget.com)
It should be obvious after using the above tool that if you can freely access all of this information, then hackers can too.
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Being able 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 be potentially valuable information to hackers, as this informs them about any potential security vulnerabilities, especially where the owners haven’t updated their software versions.
Fortunately, there is a way to stop broadcasting all of this information about your web site and help to protect it against other malicious threats.
Blog Defender Security Product Suite For WordPress
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 to develop BlogDefender after noticing that a WordPress blog he set up for his mother had been hacked into and suspended. This particular blog was quite new and had literally no value to offer, yet it was still hacked.
Matt only became aware of the event after being suspended by his host and noticing that a significant amount of suspicious activity had occurred inside the site, as well as the addition of a number of malicious files designed to lure visitors to the site and hijack their financial information.
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Matt’s experience demonstrates that every website has some value to hackers.
Blog Defender scans you WordPress site for security holes …
And let’s you quickly fix these …
Blog Defender – WordPress Plugins
The Blog Defender security suite of products includes 3 plugins:
Plugin #1 in the Blog Defender product suite helps you schedule automated backups …
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Pro Plugin #1 “Automated Backups” lets you do secure backups to your server, external servers and cloud backup solutions using a number of backup methods (e.g. FTP), schedule complete or partial backups, exclude files or tables from your backups, restore backups, replace URLs (useful when migrating websites to new domains or server locations), search and replace text strings in your WordPress database, perform malware scans and blacklist checks automatically, and more.
Pro Plugin # 2 provides your website or blog with security …
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The “WP Security” plugin provides a range of vital file and site protection functions (see “Blog Defender Features” section below).
Pro Plugin # 3 allows you to scan your files and content to see if your source code has been changed, and fix the problem …
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Pro Plugin # 3 also scans content to see if any malicious scripts have been added to your site, bans bad bots, blocks brute force attacks and detects any content leeching (where people benefit from your work without reciprocating the favor).
In addition to the plugins, the Blog Defender suite of products also includes several step-by-step tutorial videos and PDF/DOC documentation that teach you exactly what you need to do to protect your website from hackers …
(Screenshot source: BlogDefender website)
For more details go here:
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:
Ready To Use In Minutes
The Blog Defender plugins are really easy to install. Simply upload a zip file containing the plugins to your Plugins folder via your administrator login and activate.
Simple And Easy To Follow
Blog Defender can be used as an easy-to-follow 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 everything up, and even which WordPress plugins you can install for free to get the job done without paying for unnecessary expenses.
Additional benefits of this plugin include the following:
- Protect your website from hackers, spammers, bad bots, data mining tools and malicious users attempting to exploit your site for their own personal and financial gain.
- Protect Your Info Products From Being Shared Around The Net – If your site sells info products (e.g. downloadable e-books, videos, etc.), your work can be stolen and end up becoming freeware on free sharing sites.
- Avoid A Nightmare Situation – When a site has been hacked, you should expect to go through a whole lot of inconvenience and aggravation. It can take days to uncover problems and sort through the issues these have caused. During this time, your, websites could get suspended by your host, or even deindexed in search engines. In addition, hackers can spam your contact list and steal your personal and financial information, you could be fined or even charged with fraud, and a whole lot more.
Blog Defender was designed to keep your sites and your business safe and secure 24/7.
Blog Defender helps you fix all of the following security areas:
- Hosting Security Advisory
- WordPress Plugin Security Audits
- WP 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
- File Monitoring
- Link Monitoring
- Blocking Known Offenders
- Automate WordPress Updates
- WordPress Security Audit
- Tighten Server Security
- Kick Out Policy
- Reputation Checking
- And More …
Blog Defender uses a logical process to help protect your site, addressing hosting security, using scanning and detection tools to identify risky WordPress themes and WordPress plugins, and then helping you implement site-wide security using the tools and plugins provided.
(Blog Defender website security process. Screenshot: Blog Defender)
Here are some of the testimonials users have submitted for the Blog Defender product:
”This is a seriously good product!” Simon Hodgkinson, www.hodgkinsonpublishing.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 Matt Garrett, the plugin developer, no Blog Defender-protected websites or blogs have been hacked since Blog Defender was first released.
Matt 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 constant game of cat and mouse and all security solutions are only as good as the information and tools that developers can currently harness. The latest release of Blog Defender creates an easier WordPress security solution that doesn’t require constant attention, is quite inexpensive and it’s as good if not better than most premium 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, thirty day, full money-back guarantee.
Product Licensing 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: The price of the Blog Defender plugin can vary, depending on whether there are any promotions or limited-time specials being offered. The above reflects the current price when this review was written. This may not be the actual pricing set by the plugin developer when you visit the plugin site and there may be additional upsells or one-time offers after your purchase.
Check the plugin’s website for the latest pricing information:
For installation instructions and tutorials, FAQs, customer help desk, contact details and more, visit the Blog Defender website.
Use These Plugins
No matter what 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 web security.
WordPress is a secure platform, but neglecting basic maintenance tasks like updating your WordPress installation, WP plugins and WP themes, tightening file and data security and taking other necessary precautions can expose your website to malicious by hackers and bots.
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 website is hacked, what security features to look for in a webhost, and which tools can make the task of securing your site easier.
For complete details, check out the plugin here: Blog Defender Security Plugin