You can safely assume that if you haven’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 began reporting that over 160,000+ WordPress-powered sites had been hacked.
Thousands of websites and blogs are hacked 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.”
According to security firm Sucuri, hackers had leveraged a well-known flaw to attack unsuspecting WordPress sites and direct a distributed-denial-of-service attack (DDoS) towards another popular website.
Every site with a vulnerability has some potential value to hackers. Regardless of the kind of business you run or plan to run online and how small you think your web presence is, securing your website is something you cannot afford to ignore. Large, medium and small web sites, personal blogs, government websites … even sites owned by online security experts can and have been targeted.
If hackers can exploit a flaw in your security that allows them to control your web site, your website can then be employed to target larger and more valuable websites.
The harsh reality is that malicious bots are most likely scouring for security weaknesses and trying to hack into your website right now. Whether they can get in or not, depends on how difficult or easy you will make it for hackers or botnets to continue trying until they find how to break in, or decide to look for a less protected target.
How Much Information About Your Site Are You Broadcasting To Hackers?
If you visit Hackertarget.com and run your site through their WordPress security scan …
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You will see that the check will yield a number of results and details about your site setup …
(Hackertarget – website security scan results. Screenshot image: Hackertarget.com)
It should be obvious after using this scanning tool that if you are able to access all of this information about your WordPress website, then 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 on your site, and which files have been uploaded to certain directories in your site can be potentially useful information to hackers, as this can inform them about exploitable security vulnerabilities, especially where site owners haven’t updated their files.
Fortunately, there is a simple and inexpensive way you can stop broadcasting all of this information about your web site and make your site invisible to malicious users and bots.
Blog Defender Security Product Suite
Blog Defender is a package of WordPress security video tutorials, plugins and tools, plus a WordPress security PDF/DOC file.
Matt Garrett, the developer of BlogDefender developed BlogDefender after noticing that a WordPress-driven blog he set up for his mother got hacked into. This blog had literally no value to offer, yet it still was targeted by hackers.
Matt only became aware of what had happened after being contacted by his host and noticing that a significant amount of suspicious activity had taken place within his server, as well as the addition of several malicious files designed to drive 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 website for security holes …
And let’s you fix these quickly, easily and inexpensively …
Blog Defender – Plugins
The Blog Defender security suite of products comes with three WordPress plugins:
The first plugin in the product suite provides automated backups …
(Product image source: BlogDefender.com)
The “Automated Backups” plugin lets you do automated site and file backups to your server, external servers and leading cloud-based storage solutions using different backup methods (including FTP and email backups), perform full or partial backups, exclude files or tables from backups, restore backups, replace URLs (for site migrations), do bulk text string replacements in databases, perform malware scans and blacklist checks automatically, and more.
The second plugin provides your website with security …
(Source: BlogDefender website)
The “WordPress Security” plugin provides a range of essential site and file security functions (see “Blog Defender Features” section below).
The third plugin lets you scan your content and files to see if your source code has been modified, and fix any problems it finds …
(Screenshot source: BlogDefender.com)
Pro Plugin #3 “WP Scan & Repair” also scans content to see if any malicious scripts have been inserted into your site files, bans bad bots, blocks brute force attacks and detects any content leeching (where others benefit from your hard work without providing anything of value in return).
In addition to the plugins, the Blog Defender security suite also includes step-by-step training videos and PDF/DOC documentation that show you exactly what to do to protect your website from hackers and bots …
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Benefits Of Using Blog Defender
Below 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 website:
Ready To Go To Work In Very Little Time
The plugins included with Blog Defender are quite easy to install. Just upload a zip folder containing the plugins to your Plugins folder via your WP admin user login and activate.
Simple And Easy To Follow Training
Blog Defender can be used as a do-it-yourself step-by-step 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 free plugins to install to get the job done inexpensively.
Some additional plugin benefits include the following:
- Secure your WordPress site from hackers, spammers, botnets, data mining tools and malicious users attempting to ruin your business for personal and financial gain at your expense.
- Protects Intellectual Property From Theft – If your site sells an information product (e.g. downloadable e-books, videos, etc.), your product can end up becoming freeware on free downloading sites.
- Avoid Getting Banned By Your Host – When a site gets hacked, you should expect to go through a serious amount of inconvenience and aggravation. It can take days to uncover the problem and sort through the issues these have caused. Your, blog could be closed by your webhost, or even blacklisted in search engines. In addition, hackers can spam your contact list and steal your personal details or financial information, you could be fined or even charged with fraud, and a whole lot more.
Blog Defender offers many features to website owners.
Blog Defender covers the following issues:
- Webhost Security Advisory
- Plugin Security Audits
- WordPress 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 Blocking
- File Monitoring
- Track Links
- Block Known Offenders
- Automate WP Updates
- WordPress Security Audit
- Tighter Server Security
- Kick Out Policy
- Online Reputation Checking
- And More …
Blog Defender uses a logical sequence of steps for securing your website, addressing hosting security, using scanning and detection tools to identify risky themes and WordPress plugins, and then implementing site-wide security using the tools and plugins provided.
(Blog Defender website security process. Product image: BlogDefender.com)
Feedback From Plugin Users
Below are just some testimonials and comments customers have provided for the Blog Defender security suite:
“You are literally walked through the process!” Nikki Stephens, www.nikkistephens.com
”I discovered some incredible security tricks!” David Walker – www.inboxrockstar.com
According to Matt Garrett, the plugin developer, since Blog Defender’s first release, no Blog Defender-protected websites or blogs have been hacked.
Matt Garrett 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.”
The war on hackers is an ever-escalating arms race and all security solutions are only as good as the information and tools developers can access. The latest release of Blog Defender creates an easier security solution that doesn’t require constant attention, won’t cost you a fortune and it’s as good if not better than many 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, full refund 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: Pricing for this product can vary, depending on whether there are any promotions or limited-time special offers. The above reflects the current price when this content was published. This may not be the actual pricing charged by the software developer when you visit the product website and you may be shown additional upsells or one-time offers after purchasing.
Check the plugin’s website for current pricing details:
For help documentation and tutorials, FAQs, support help desk, contact details and more, visit the Blog Defender website.
Get The Product
Regardless of the 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 simple maintenance tasks like keeping your WP installation, WordPress plugins and WP themes up-to-date, tightening file and data security and taking other necessary precautions can expose your website to attacks by hackers and bots.
Adopting security procedures such as the one that Blog Defender provides, will help you learn what’s going on in your site and where the security holes are, 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 installation easier.
For full details, visit the plugin website: Blog Defender Security Plugin For WordPress Web Sites