You can safely 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 reported that over 160,000+ WordPress-powered websites had been hacked.
Thousands of websites are hacked 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 described by security firm Sucuri, hackers had leveraged a well-known flaw to attack unsuspecting WP web sites and direct a distributed-denial-of-service attack (DDoS) towards another popular website.
You may think that your website has no value to hackers, but the reality is that every website is valuable to a malicious user.
If a hacker can access and remotely control your site, that web site can then be used to target larger and more valuable websites.
The reality is that hackers are very likely looking for exploits and trying to break into your blog at this very moment. Whether they can be successful will depend on how challenging you have made it for hackers or botnets to keep persisting until they can discover a way to get in, or are forced to decide to look for a more vulnerable 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 Source: https://hackertarget.com/wordpress-security-scan)
You will see that the test will display a number of results and information about your website setup …
(WP security scan results. Screenshot: Hackertarget.com)
It should be obvious after using the tool shown above that if you can access all of this information, then so can hackers.
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Being able to see what 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 potentially exploitable holes or weaknesses, especially where site owners haven’t updated their files.
Fortunately, there is a simple solution to 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
The product is a package of WordPress security video tutorials, WordPress plugins and tools, plus a WordPress security PDF/DOC file.
Matt Garrett, the developer of BlogDefender began developing BlogDefender after noticing that a WordPress blog he set up for his mother had been hacked into and suspended by its hosting company. This particular site was not being used and had practically nothing to offer, yet it still was targeted by hackers.
Matt only became aware of this after being informed by his host and seeing that a significant amount of unusual activity had occurred inside his server, as well as the addition of a number of malicious files by whoever had broken into the site.
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Matt’s experience shows that all websites are valuable to hackers.
Blog Defender scans you website for security vulnerabilities …
And let’s you fix these quickly …
Blog Defender – WordPress Plugins
The product suite comes with 3 WordPress plugins:
The first plugin in the product suite helps you schedule automated backups …
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The “Automated Backups” plugin lets you do secure backups to your server, third-party servers and cloud backup solutions using different backup methods (including FTP and email backups), schedule full or partial backups, exclude files or tables from your backups, restore previous backups, replace URLs (for site migrations), search and replace text strings in your database, perform malware scans and blacklist checks automatically, and more.
Plugin #2 provides WordPress security …
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Plugin #2 provides a range of essential site security functions (see “Blog Defender Features” section below).
Plugin #3 scans your files and content to detect whether anything unusual in your files has been changed, and repair problems …
(Source: Blog Defender)
Pro Plugin #3 “WordPress Scan & Repair” 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 others benefit from your content without offering you anything of value in return).
In addition to the plugins, the Blog Defender product suite also includes training in video format plus downloadable documentation that will show you exactly how to protect your website from malicious attacks …
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For more details go here:
Below are just some of the benefits of using Blog Defender to make your WordPress site invisible to hackers and botnets on your web site:
Ready To Go To Work In Minutes
The Blog Defender plugins are really easy to install. Simply upload the plugin files to your Plugins folder via your WP dashboard and activate.
Really Simple And Easy To Follow
Blog Defender is 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 free plugins you should use to get things done.
Additional benefits and advantages include the following:
- Secure 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.
- Helps Prevent Intellectual Property Theft – If you are an information product author (e.g. downloadable ebooks, video training, etc.), your product can end up becoming freeware on download sharing sites.
- Avoid Getting Blacklisted By Search Engines – When a site has been hacked, you should expect to go through a whole lot of frustration and aggravation. It can take days to uncover problems and sort through the issues these have caused. During this time, your, blog could get suspended by your webhost, or even blacklisted by search engines. In addition, hackers can spam your contact list and steal your business details and financial information, you could end up being fined or even charged with fraud, and a whole lot more.
Blog Defender Features
Blog Defender provides many unique features to WordPress users.
Blog Defender covers the following security areas and vulnerabilities:
- Hosting Security Advisory
- WordPress Plugin Security Audits
- 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 Blocking
- Monitor Files
- Tracking Links
- Known Offender Blocking
- Automating WordPress Updates
- WordPress Security Audit
- Tighter Server Security
- Kick Out Policy
- Reputation Checking
- And More …
Blog Defender uses a logical sequence of steps to help protect your site, addressing potential hosting security issues, using scanning and detection tools to quickly identify risky themes and WP plugins, and then implementing site-wide security using the tools and plugins provided.
(Blog Defender WordPress security process. Source: Blog Defender)
Below are a couple of the testimonials users have written about the Blog Defender security products:
”I’ve had to go through the inconvenience of a hacked blog before and let me tell you it’s not nice. With online security becoming an increasing problem, especially with WordPress, this is a great way to secure your blog. I’ll be following Matt’s training and securing all my blogs…Great job.” JohnThornhill – www.johnthornhill.com
”A top level force against hacker attacks!” Micheal Nicholas, Impact Info Marketing
According to the plugin developer, no Blog Defender-secured websites have been hacked since Blog Defender’s release in 2012.
Matt 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 technologies that developers presently can harness. The latest release of Blog Defender creates an easier WordPress security solution that doesn’t require constant attention, doesn’t cost you a fortune and it’s as good if not better than many 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 risk-free, 30 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.. Price = $47.00.
Please Note: Current pricing for the Blog Defender software can vary, depending on whether there are any promotions or limited-time special offers. When we last checked, the plugin is selling for the pricing shown above. This may or may not be the actual pricing set by the product seller when you visit the product site and you may be shown additional upsells or one-time offers after purchasing.
Check the plugin’s website for the current pricing information here:
Additional Plugin Information
For help documentation and tutorials, FAQs, support helpdesk, 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, securing your websites is something you simply cannot ignore.
WordPress is a secure platform, but neglecting simple maintenance tasks like ensuring that your WP installation, plugins and themes are kept up-to-date, tightening file and data security and taking other necessary precautions can have disastrous consequences.
Blog Defender helps you learn what’s going on in your site and where the vulnerabilities are, what hosting companies can and can’t do if the security on your website is compromised, what security features to look for in a webhost, and which tools can make the process of securing your site easier.
For complete details, visit the plugin website here: Blog Defender