It’s safe to assume that if your website or blog hasn’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 over 160,000+ WordPress-powered web 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.”
As described by security firm Sucuri, hackers had leveraged a well-known flaw to attack unsuspecting WordPress websites and direct a distributed-denial-of-service cyber attack (DDoS) towards another popular website.
You may think that the information in your website or blog provides little to no value to hackers, but the reality is that every website is valuable to a malicious user.
If someone can exploit a way to remotely take control of your website or blog, that site can then be used to attack larger and more valued web sites.
The harsh reality is that brute-force software bots are scouring for vulnerabilities and trying to break into your blog while you are reading this. Whether they will hack in depends on how difficult or easy you have made it for them to keep trying until they either work out a way to break in, or are forced to decide to look for a less protected target.
How Much Information Are You Broadcasting To Hackers About Your WordPress Site?
If you visit Hackertarget.com and run your website through their WordPress security check …
(WP Security Scan Source: Hackertarget.com)
You will see that the check will yield a number of results and information about your site setup …
(Hackertarget – WP security scan results. Screenshot source: Hackertarget.com)
It should be obvious after using this tool that if you are able to freely access all of this information, then hackers can too.
The ability 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 useful information to hackers, as this can inform them about any vulnerabilities, especially where the owners haven’t updated their software versions.
Fortunately, there is a simple and inexpensive solution that will stop broadcasting all of this information about your site and make your site invisible to hackers and bots.
Blog Defender Security Plugin
Blog Defender is a suite of WordPress security video tutorials, plugins and tools, plus a WordPress security PDF/DOC file.
Matt Garrett, the creator of the BlogDefender security suit began to develop BlogDefender after noticing that a WordPress blog he set up for his mother got hacked into. This particular blog had literally nothing to offer, yet it was still hacked.
Matt only became aware of the event after being contacted by his host and observing that a significant amount of unusual activity had taken place within his site, as well as the addition of several phishing files designed to drive unsuspecting victims to the site and steal financial information.
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Matt’s experience shows that that all websites have some value to hackers.
Blog Defender shows you where potential security weaknesses in your website are …
And let’s you easily fix these …
Blog Defender includes three WordPress plugins:
The first plugin in the Blog Defender suite helps you schedule automated backups …
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Pro Plugin #1 “Automated Backups” lets you do automated backups to your server, third-party servers and leading cloud-based storage solutions using a number of backup methods, automate complete or partial backups, exclude files or tables from your backups, restore previous backups, replace URLs (for site migrations), do bulk 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 “WordPress Security” plugin provides a range of essential file and site security functions (see “Product Features” section below).
The third plugin allows you to scan your plugins, themes, core files and content to detect if code in your files has been changed, and fix the problem …
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Plugin #3 “WP Scan & Repair” 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 others benefit from your content without offering you anything of benefit in return).
Blog Defender – Videos
In addition to the plugins, Blog Defender also includes a number of step-by-step tutorial videos plus downloadable documentation that teach you exactly how to protect your website from hackers …
For more details, visit the plugin site here:
Here 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 site:
Ready To Use In Very Little Time
The plugins included in the Blog Defender product suite install like every plugin. Just upload a zip file that contains the plugins to your Plugins folder via your WordPress administrator login and activate.
Really Simple And Easy To Follow Training
Blog Defender can be used as a practical and useful training product that will take you through the website security process and show you exactly what to do, including how to set things up, and even which free plugins you should install to get the job done inexpensively.
Some additional plugin benefits include the following:
- Secure your WordPress website from hackers, spammers, botnets, data mining tools and malicious users whose aims is to exploit your site for personal and financial gain at your expense.
- Protects Intellectual Property From Theft – If you sell an information product (e.g. downloadable ebooks, videos, etc.), your work can be stolen and end up becoming freeware on free download sites.
- Avoid Getting Suspended By Your Web Host And Delisted By Search Engines – When a site is hacked, you can expect to go through a whole lot of frustration and aggravation. It can take days to uncover the problem and sort through the issues these have caused. As a result, your, web presence can be suspended by your host, or even blacklisted in search engines. And if that is not enough to have to deal with, hackers can spam your contact list and steal your business and financial information, you could end up being fined or even charged with fraud, and a whole lot more.
Blog Defender was created to keeps your site and your business safe and secure 24/7.
Blog Defender addresses the following security areas and vulnerabilities:
- Host Security Advisory
- WordPress Plugin Security Audits
- 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
- Monitoring Files
- Link Monitoring
- Blocking Known Offenders
- Automating WP Updates
- WordPress Security Audit
- Tighter Server Security
- Kick Out Policy
- Online Reputation Checking
- And More …
Blog Defender provides a logical process to help protect your web site, addressing potential hosting security issues, using tools to identify risky WP themes and WP plugins, and then helping you implement website-wide security using the tools and plugins provided.
(Blog Defender website security process. Product image: BlogDefender.com)
Feedback From Users
Here are some of the testimonials that users have submitted regarding Blog Defender:
”This is probably one of those times you ask yourself ‘do I really need this product?’ Let’s face it, on the surface it’s not going to immediately put more money in your pocket or even add some cool new gizmo to your site… The truth is yes you do and you need it now. I’ve been in the online business for 10+ years and had my fair share of hacked sites which have cost me time and money (lots of it)…I’ve also seen a good number of people have their reputations and entire businesses left in tatters when their sites have been hacked. Right now is the time to act, because when it’s too late, well basically you’ll be screwed (and you’ll regret the day you passed over such a great opportunity to protect yourself for so little). And by the way, if you think your web host will come to your rescue think again, you’ll be on your own, paying to put things right and suffering the cost of lost sales and business. This is a seriously good product and if you rely on WordPress to make you money online then it’s nothing less than essential. Buy it, follow Matt’s expert advice and don’t end up another victim!” Simon Hodgkinson, www.hodgkinsonpublishing.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 product’s site, no Blog Defender-protected websites were hacked since Blog Defender’s original release.
Matt Garrett 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 is a constant game of cat and mouse and all security solutions are only as good as the information 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 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, thirty day, full 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: Current pricing for the Blog Defender plugin can vary, depending on whether there are any promotions or limited-time specials being offered. The price shown above was current when this content was written. This may not be the actual pricing charged by the product seller when you visit the product site and you may be shown additional upsells or one-time offers after you’ve purchased.
Check the plugin’s website for current pricing details:
For help documentation and tutorials, FAQs, support helpdesk, contact details and more, visit the Blog Defender website.
Use This Product
Regardless of the kind 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 afford to ignore.
WordPress is a secure web platform, but neglecting essential maintenance tasks like keeping your WP software, plugins and themes updated to their latest versions, tightening file and data security and taking other necessary precautions can expose your website to attacks by hackers and bots.
Blog Defender helps you understand what your responsibilities are as the site owner, what hosting companies can and can’t do to help prevent your sites being hacked, what security features to look for in a webhost, and how to avoid major security risks without paying a lot of money.
For more information, check out the plugin here: Blog Defender WordPress Security Product Suite