It’s 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 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.”
According to leading security firm Sucuri, hackers had leveraged a well-known flaw to attack unsuspecting WP sites and direct a distributed-denial-of-service attack (DDoS) towards another popular website.
You may think that the information in your website or blog is of little value to hackers, but the reality is that to a hacker, every website provides an opportunity to benefit or profit at your expense.
If hackers can exploit a vulnerability that allows them to gain remote access of your website, that web site can then be employed as part of a larger network of “bots” to target other valuable web sites.
The harsh reality is that hackers are looking for vulnerabilities and trying to break into your web site right now. Whether they can be successful will depend on how challenging you can make it for them to continue persisting until they can work out a way to get access, or decide to look for a less protected target.
How Much Information About Your WordPress Site Are You Broadcasting To Hackers?
If you visit a site like Hackertarget.com and run your site through their WordPress security check …
(Hackertarget – Website Security Scan Image source: Hackertarget.com)
You will see that the check returns a number of results and information about your site …
(WP security scan results. Product image source: Hackertarget.com)
It should be obvious after using the above tool that if you are able to freely access all of this information, then so can hackers.
(Product image source: BlogDefender website)
Being able 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 are all valuable information to hackers, as this informs them about any exploitable security vulnerabilities, especially where site owners haven’t updated their software versions.
Fortunately, there is a simple solution that can stop broadcasting all of this information about your web site and make your site invisible to malicious attackers and bots.
Blog Defender Security Suite For WordPress
The product is a package of WordPress security video tutorials, plugins and tools, plus WordPress security documentation in PDF and DOC formats.
Matt Garrett, the creator of BlogDefender developed BlogDefender after noticing that a WordPress blog he set up for his mother got hacked into and suspended. This particular blog had literally no value to offer, yet it still was hacked.
Matt only became aware of this after being informed by his host and seeing that a significant amount of suspicious activity had occurred inside the server, as well as the addition of a number of malicious files designed to drive unsuspecting victims to the site and hijack financial details.
(Screenshot image: BlogDefender.com)
This example is evidence that all websites have value to hackers.
Blog Defender scans you web site for security weaknesses …
And then shows you how to quickly fix these …
The Blog Defender security suite of products includes 3 WordPress plugins:
Pro Plugin #1 “Automated Backups” in the product suite helps you schedule automated backups …
(Screenshot: Blog Defender)
The “Automated Backups” plugin lets you do automated site and file backups to your server, third-party servers and well-known cloud-based backup solutions using a number of backup methods (including FTP and email backups), automate complete or partial backups, exclude files or tables from backups, restore backups, replace URLs (useful when migrating sites to new domains or server locations), do mass text string replacements in your WordPress database, perform auto database scans and repairs, and more.
Plugin #2 provides your website or blog with security …
The plugin performs a range of site security functions (see “Blog Defender Features” section below).
The third plugin lets you scan your plugins, themes and WordPress core files to detect whether any of your files have been tampered with, and fix any problems detected …
(Screenshot source: BlogDefender website)
Pro Plugin # 3 also scans content to see if any malicious URLs have been added to your site files, bans bad bots, blocks brute force attacks and detects any content leeching (where people benefit from your content without reciprocating the favor).
Blog Defender – Videos
In addition to the plugins, Blog Defender also includes a number of video training guides and training documentation that will teach you exactly what you need to do to protect your site from hackers and bots …
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Below are just a few of the benefits of using Blog Defender to make your WordPress site invisible to hackers and botnets on your site:
Easy, Fast & Simple To Install
The plugins included with Blog Defender are very easy to install. Simply upload them to your Plugins folder via your administrator login and activate.
Really Simple And Easy To Follow
Blog Defender is a DIY step-by-step training product that will guide you through the website security process and show you exactly what to do, including how to set everything up, and even which free WordPress plugins to use to get things done.
Some additional benefits and advantages include the following:
- Secure your website from hackers, spammers, bad bots, data miners and malicious users whose aims is to exploit your site for personal and financial gain at your expense.
- Secure Your Info Products – If you’re a digital product creator (e.g. downloadable ebooks, videos, etc.), your product can end up becoming freeware on download sharing sites.
- Avoid A Nightmare Situation – When a website is hacked, you should expect to go through a whole lot of inconvenience and aggravation. It can take days to uncover the problem and sort through the issues these have caused. During this time, your, site can get suspended by your webhost, or even deindexed by search engines. And if this isn’t enough to have to deal with, hackers can spam your contact list and steal your business details and financial information, you could be fined or even charged with fraud, and a whole lot more.
Blog Defender make your your WordPress site invisible to hackers and malicious botnets.
Blog Defender provides fixes for all of the following issues:
- Hosting Security Advisory
- Plugin Security Audits
- Theme Security Audits
- Anti Brute Force Security
- Anti Cross-Site Scripting
- MySQL Database Security
- Nefarious Traffic Blocking
- Hiding WordPress ‘Tell Tale’ Signs
- Anti-Comment Spam
- File Monitoring
- Link Tracking
- Known Offender Blocking
- Automating Core Updates
- WordPress Security Audit
- Tighten Server Security
- Kick Out Policy
- Reputation Checking
- And More …
Blog Defender uses a logical process for securing your your WordPress installation, addressing hosting security, using scanning and detection tools to quickly identify risky themes and WordPress plugins, and then helping you implement site-wide security using the tools and plugins provided.
(Blog Defender website security process. Screenshot image: BlogDefender.com)
Feedback From Users
Here are some of the testimonials that plugin customers have submitted regarding 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 Matt Garrett, the plugin developer, no websites or blogs using Blog Defender were hacked since Blog Defender’s release in 2012.
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.”
Cybersecurity is an escalating arms race and all security solutions are only as good as the knowledge and technologies that developers can currently get their hands on. The latest release of Blog Defender creates an easier security solution that doesn’t require constant attention, doesn’t cost a fortune and it’s as good if not better than many web security products or services currently being offered at a higher price.
Blog Defender Plugin 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, 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.
Please Note: The price of this product can vary, depending on whether there are any promotions or limited-time special offers. Currently, the software is selling for the prices shown above. This may not be the actual pricing charged by the plugin author when you visit the product site and there may be additional upsells or one-time offers after purchasing.
Check the plugin’s website for the latest price:
For installation instructions and tutorials, FAQs, customer helpdesk, contact details and more, visit the Blog Defender website.
Use These Plugins
Regardless of the kind of business you run or plan to run online and how small you think your web presence is, you simply cannot ignore the importance of securing your website or blog.
WordPress is a very secure web platform, but neglecting essential maintenance tasks like ensuring that your WP core files, plugins and themes are kept up-to-date, tightening file and data protection and taking other necessary precautions can expose your website to malicious by hackers and bots.
Adopting security policies like the one that Blog Defender provides, will help you understand what your security responsibilities as a website owner are, what hosting companies can and can’t do if your site is compromised, what security features to look for in a webhost, and how to avoid all the major WordPress security holes without paying a lot of money.
For more information, check out the plugin here: Blog Defender Security Product Suite For WordPress