It’s probably safe to assume that if you haven’t been hacked yet, then it’s only a matter of time.
On March 11, 2014, technology sites like Cnet.com began reporting that over 160,000+ WordPress web sites had been hacked.
Thousands of websites and blogs are attacked 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 WordPress sites and direct a distributed-denial-of-service attack (DDoS) towards another popular website.
You may think that the information in your website is of no interest to hackers, but the reality is that to a hacker, all websites provide an opportunity to gain some advantage at your expense.
If hackers can find a way to break in and control your blog, that web site can then be employed to target larger and more highly-valued websites.
The harsh reality is that brute-force software bots are very likely looking for security exploits and trying to hack into your blog as you are reading this page. Whether they can hack in successfully depends on how difficult you have made it for them to continue persisting until they discover a way to get in, or decide to 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 site through their WordPress security scan …
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You will see that the scan will display a number of results and information about your site setup …
(Hackertarget – website security scan results. Screenshot source: Hackertarget.com)
It should be obvious after using the above tool that if you can see all of this information, then so can hackers.
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Being able to see which 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 on your server are all useful information to hackers, as this informs them about potential holes or weaknesses, especially in older versions.
Fortunately, there is a simple solution to stop broadcasting all of this information about your web site and protect against other malicious threats.
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 developer of BlogDefender developed BlogDefender after noticing that a WordPress blog he set up for his mother got hacked into and suspended. This particular blog was new and so had literally no value to offer, yet it was still hacked.
Matt only became aware of the event after being informed by his host and seeing that a significant amount of suspicious activity had occurred within the site, as well as the addition of a number of phishing files by whoever had broken into the site.
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Matt’s experience should be enough to illustrate the fact that all websites have value to hackers.
Blog Defender shows you where potential security holes in your web site are …
And then shows you how to quickly fix these …
The product suite includes three WordPress plugins:
Plugin #1 in the product suite provides automated backups …
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This plugin lets you do automated site, file and data backups to your server, third-party servers and cloud backup solutions using a number of backup methods, schedule complete or partial backups, exclude files or tables from backups, restore previous backups, replace URLs (useful when migrating sites to different domains or server locations), search and replace text in your WordPress database, perform auto database scans and repairs, and more.
Pro Plugin # 2 provides WordPress security …
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This plugin provides a range of essential site and file protection functions (see “Plugin Features” section below).
The third plugin lets you scan your WP plugins, themes and WordPress core files to see if anything in your files has been found, and fix the problem …
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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 plugins, the Blog Defender suite of products also includes video training plus printable guides that show you exactly what you need to do to protect your website from malicious users …
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Learn more about this plugin here:
Benefits Of Using Blog Defender
Below are just a few of the benefits of using Blog Defender to make your WordPress site invisible to hackers and botnets on your website:
Fast And Easy To Install And Implement
The plugins included with Blog Defender are quite easy to install. Simply upload the plugin files to your Plugin folder via your WP dashboard and activate.
Very Simple And Easy To Follow
Blog Defender can be used as a training product that will take you through the website security process and show you what to do, including how to set things up, and even which plugins you can install for free to get things done inexpensively.
Additional benefits of using this plugin include:
- Secure your WordPress website from hackers, spammers, bad bots, data mining tools and malicious users attempting to exploit your site for personal and financial gain at your expense.
- Protect Your Info Products – If you sell an info product (e.g. downloadable ebooks, video training, etc.), your work can be stolen and end up as freeware on free downloading sites.
- Avoid Getting Blocked By Your Host – When a website has been hacked, expect to go through a serious amount of inconvenience and heartache. It can take days to uncover problems and sort through the issues these have caused. Your, website or blog can get suspended by your webhost, or even blacklisted in search engines. In addition, 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 locks down your site and keeps your business safe and secure 24/7.
The product covers the following areas:
- Webhost Security Advisory
- WP 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 Blocking
- File Monitoring
- Link Tracking
- Known Offender Blocking
- Automate Core Updates
- WordPress Security Audit
- Tightening Server Security
- Kick Out Policy
- Reputation Checking
- And More …
Blog Defender uses a logical process for securing your site, addressing potential hosting security issues, using tools to quickly identify risky WP themes and WordPress plugins, and then implementing site-wide security using the tools and plugins provided.
(Blog Defender website security process. Source: BlogDefender website)
Below are some of the testimonials that plugin customers have published about Blog Defender:
”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, Matt Garrett, no websites or blogs secured with the product were hacked since Blog Defender’s release in 2012.
The product developer 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.”
The war on hackers is an ever-escalating arms race and all security solutions are only as good as the information and technologies that developers can currently harness. The latest release of Blog Defender creates an easier WordPress security solution that doesn’t require constant attention, is quite inexpensive 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 no-risk, 30 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 of purchasing Blog Defender can vary, depending on whether there are any promotions or limited-time special offers. The above reflects the price when this content was written. This may or may not be the actual price charged by the product seller when you visit the plugin site and there may be additional upsells or one-time offers after your purchase.
Check the plugin’s website for the current price:
For installation instructions and tutorials, FAQs, support helpdesk, contact details and more, visit the Blog Defender website.
Download This Product
No matter what kind of business you run or plan to run online and how small you think your web presence is, securing your sites is something you cannot afford to ignore.
WordPress is a very secure platform, but neglecting essential maintenance tasks like making sure that your WordPress 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 security holes are, what hosting companies can and can’t do to help prevent your sites being compromised, what security features to look for in a webhost, and which tools can make the task of securing your WordPress website easier.
For full details, check out the plugin here: Blog Defender Security Solution For WordPress Sites