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 began reporting that 162,000 WordPress websites 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.”
According to leading security firm Sucuri, hackers had leveraged a well-known flaw to attack unsuspecting WordPress web sites and direct a distributed-denial-of-service cyberattack (DDoS) towards another popular website.
You may think that the information in your website or blog is of no interest to hackers, but the reality is that to a hacker, every website provides an opportunity to profit or benefit at your expense.
If hackers can break in and gain remote access and control of your blog, that blog can then be employed as part of a larger network of “bots” to target larger and more highly-valued sites.
The reality is that hackers are trying to hack into your website at this very moment. Whether they will achieve this or not, will depend on how difficult or easy you have made things for hackers to continue trying until they can find how to get access, or give up and go look for an easier target.
How Much Information Are You Broadcasting To Hackers About Your WordPress Site?
If you visit a site like Hackertarget.com and run your website through their WordPress security check …
(Hackertarget – WordPress Security Scan Product image source: https://hackertarget.com/wordpress-security-scan)
You will see that the check returns various results and details about your site setup …
(WordPress security check results. Screenshot image: Hackertarget.com)
It should be obvious after using the scanning tool that if you are able to access all of this information, 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, and which files have been uploaded to certain directories can all be valuable information to hackers, as these can inform them about any potential vulnerabilities, especially in older versions.
Fortunately, there is a way to stop broadcasting all of this information about your site and make your site invisible to hackers and botnets.
Blog Defender Security Product Suite
Blog Defender is a suite of WordPress security video tutorials, WordPress plugins and tools, plus a WordPress security PDF/DOC file.
Matt Garrett, the developer of the BlogDefender security suit began to develop BlogDefender after noticing that a WordPress-driven site he set up for his mother got hacked into and suspended by the hosting company. This particular site was quite new and so had practically no value to offer, yet it still was attacked.
Matt only became aware of the event after being informed by his host and observing that a significant amount of unusual activity had taken place within his server, as well as the addition of several phishing files designed to lure visitors to the site and hijack their Paypal account information.
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This simple example shows that every website has value to hackers.
Blog Defender shows you where the security weaknesses in your WordPress installation are …
And then shows you how to quickly fix these …
Blog Defender – Plugins
The Blog Defender security product suite includes 3 plugins:
The first plugin in the Blog Defender suite helps you schedule automated backups …
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The plugin lets you do automated site and file backups to your server, third-party servers and well-known cloud solutions using a number of backup methods (including FTP and email backups), schedule full or partial backups, exclude files or tables from your backups, restore backups, replace URLs (for site migrations), search and replace text strings in your WordPress database, perform malware scans and blacklist checks automatically, and more.
Pro Plugin # 2 provides your web site with security …
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The “WordPress Security” plugin performs a range of essential site security functions (see “Blog Defender Features” section below).
Pro Plugin # 3 lets you scan your WP website to see whether any code in your files has been found, and repair problems …
Pro Plugin # 3 also scans content to see if any malicious content have been added to your site files, 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, Blog Defender also includes 7 training modules in video format and written guides that will show you exactly how to protect your website from hackers …
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For more details go here:
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 site:
Be Up And Running In No Time
The plugins included in the Blog Defender product install just like any other WordPress plugin. Just upload the plugin files to your Plugin folder via your WP dashboard and activate.
Simple And Easy To Follow
Blog Defender can be used as a DIY step-by-step training product that takes 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 inexpensively.
Additional plugin benefits include the following:
- Secure your WordPress site from hackers, spammers, botnets, data miners and malicious users attempting to exploit your site for personal and financial gain at your expense.
- Protects Intellectual Property From Theft – If you sell digital products (e.g. downloadable ebooks, videos, etc.), your work can be stolen and end up as freeware on free sharing sites.
- Avoid Getting Blacklisted By Search Engines – When a site is hacked, expect to go through a whole lot of frustration and heartache. It can take days to uncover the problem and sort through any issues these have caused. During this time, your, website or blog can be closed by your webhost, or even blacklisted in search engines. Additionally, your personal contacts could end up being spammed, your subscriber 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 Features
Blog Defender was designed to locks down your site and keeps your business safe and secure 24/7.
Blog Defender covers the following areas:
- Host Security Advisory
- Plugin Security Audits
- WordPress Theme Security Audits
- Anti Brute Force Security
- Anti Cross-Site Scripting
- MySQL Database Security
- Nefarious Traffic Blocking
- Hide WordPress ‘Tell Tale’ Signs
- Anti-Comment Spam
- Monitor Files
- Tracking Links
- Known Offender Blocking
- Automate Core WordPress Updates
- WordPress Security Audit
- Tighten Server Security
- Kick Out Policy
- Online Reputation Checking
- And More …
Blog Defender provides a logical process to help secure your website, addressing potential hosting security issues, using tools to quickly identify risky WordPress themes and plugins, and then implementing website-wide security using the tools and plugins provided.
(Blog Defender WordPress security process. Screenshot image: Blog Defender)
Feedback From Users
Here are a couple of the testimonials plugin customers have submitted for Blog Defender:
”Great way to secure your blog!” JohnThornhill – www.johnthornhill.com
”Since working with blogs, I… like many others, have been concerned about how to handle the constant threat of blog attacks. After having a look at Blog Defender you can’t help but become most aware of the vulnerable areas all bloggers need to protect. Blog Defender is viable WordPress blog security prevention system that offers video instruction along with 3 software plugins that are free to download. The instruction shows the optimum settings on how to use the free plugins that will allow you top level force against blog hacker attacks.” Micheal Nicholas, Impact Info Marketing
According to the plugin developer, since Blog Defender was released back in 2012, no websites using Blog Defender have been hacked.
Matt Garrett, the product developer 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 an ever-escalating arms race and all security solutions are only as good as the knowledge and tools developers currently can access. The latest release of Blog Defender creates an easier WordPress security solution that doesn’t require constant attention, won’t cost 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 risk-free, 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.. Cost = $47.00.
Note: The cost to purchase the Blog Defender plugin depends on whether there are any promotions or limited-time specials being offered. The above reflects the price when this article was published. This may not be the actual pricing set by the plugin seller 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 the latest price:
For help documentation and tutorials, FAQs, customer help desk, contact details and more, visit the Blog Defender website.
Install The Plugins
No matter what type of business you run or plan to run online and how small you think your web presence is, you simply cannot afford to ignore the importance of securing your web site.
WordPress is a secure platform, but neglecting essential maintenance tasks like updating your WordPress software, WordPress plugins and WordPress themes, tightening file and data protection 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 or compromised, what security features to look for in a webhost, and how to avoid major WordPress security holes without paying a lot of money.
To learn more, visit the plugin website here: Blog Defender