Blog Defender – WordPress Security Suite

Blog Defender is a suite of WordPress security plugins and tools, video tutorials, and WordPress security documentation in PDF and DOC formats that helps prevent malicious attacks on WordPress websites and blogs by hackers and botnets.

Plugin Review: Prevent Hackers & Botnets From Finding Your Blog With Blog Defender Security PluginThe scale of attacks on websites and blogs worldwide is increasing on a daily basis, and this is getting worse.

It’s 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 162,000 legitimate WordPress-powered sites had been hacked.

Thousands of websites are attacked every year! Could your website be next?

Thousands of websites and blogs are hacked every year! Will yours be one of them?

(Screenshot source: BlogDefender site)

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.”

(Source: cnet.com/news/ddos-attack-is-launched-from-162000-wordpress-sites)

As described by security firm Sucuri, hackers had leveraged a flaw to attack unsuspecting WP sites and direct a distributed-denial-of-service attack (DDoS) towards another popular website.

Every blog with a vulnerability offers some value to hackers. If you think that the information in your website is of no interest to hackers, think again. Business web sites, personal blogs, government websites … even websites owned by online security experts can and have been targeted.

If a hacker can find a way to break in and take over your website, the site can then be employed to target other valuable sites.

The truth is that software-driven bots are trying to hack into your website or blog as you are reading this. Whether they will be successful or not, will depend on how difficult or easy you have made it for hackers or bots to continue persisting until they discover a way to get access, or are forced to give up and go look for an easier target.

How Much Information About Your WordPress Site Are You Broadcasting To Hackers?

If you visit Hackertarget.com and run your website through their WordPress security scan …

WordPress Security Scan

(WP Security Scan Image source: Hackertarget.com)

You will see that the check will return a number of results and information about your site setup …

WordPress Security Scan

(website security check results. Screenshot image: Hackertarget.com)

It should be obvious after using the tool shown above that if you are able to freely access all of this information about your blog, then hackers can too.

Hackertarget - WP Security Scan

(Product image source: BlogDefender site)

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 are all potentially valuable information to hackers, as these can inform them about any exploitable holes or weaknesses, especially in older versions.

Fortunately, there is a simple and inexpensive way to stop broadcasting all of this information about your website and make your site invisible to malicious attackers and bots.

Blog Defender

Blog Defender Security Solution For WordPress

Product Description

Blog Defender is a suite of WordPress security video tutorials, WordPress plugins and tools, plus WordPress security documentation in PDF and DOC formats.

Matt Garrett, the creator of the BlogDefender security suit began to develop BlogDefender after noticing that a WordPress site he set up for his mother had been hacked into and suspended. This blog was not being used and had practically no value to offer, yet it was still attacked.

Matt only became aware of the event after being informed by his host and seeing that a significant amount of unusual activity had taken place inside his server, as well as the addition of several phishing files by whoever had broken into the site.

Blog Defender

(Product image source: Blog Defender)

Matt’s experience provides the valuable lesson that all websites have value to hackers.

Blog Defender scans you website for potential security weaknesses …

Blog Defender WordPress Security Suite

And let’s you quickly fix these …

Blog Defender

Plugins

The Blog Defender security product suite comes with three WordPress plugins:

Pro Plugin # 1 in the Blog Defender product suite helps you schedule automated backups …

Blog Defender Security Plugin For WordPress Websites & Blogs

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The “Automated Backups” plugin lets you do secure backups to your server, third-party servers and popular cloud backup solutions using different backup methods (e.g. FTP), schedule complete or partial backups, exclude files or tables from backups, restore previous backups, replace URLs (useful when migrating sites to new domains or server locations), do mass text string replacements in databases, perform auto database scans and repairs, and more.

The second plugin provides your website or blog with security …

Blog Defender WordPress Security Plugin

(Product image: Blog Defender)

The plugin performs a range of file and site protection functions (see “Product Features” section below).

The third plugin lets you scan WordPress sites to detect if your source code has been changed, and fix any problems detected …

Blog Defender Security Plugin For WordPress Sites

(Screenshot image: BlogDefender.com)

Pro Plugin # 3 also scans content to see if any malicious URLs have been added to your site, bans bad bots, blocks brute force attacks and detects any content leeching (where people benefit from your hard work without reciprocating the favor).

Videos

In addition to the plugins, the Blog Defender suite of products also includes 7 step-by-step video training modules and printable documentation that will show you exactly how to protect your site from hackers …

Blog Defender Security Plugin

(Product image: BlogDefender.com)

Go here to learn more:

Plugin Benefits

Below we have listed just some of the benefits and advantages of using Blog Defender to make your WordPress site invisible to hackers and botnets on your web site:

Be Up And Running In Minutes

The plugins install like any regular WP plugin. Simply upload them to your Plugins folder via your WordPress dashboard and activate.

Simple And Easy To Follow Training

Blog Defender is a practical training product that takes you through the website security process and shows you what to do, including how to set everything up, and even which free WordPress plugins to use to get the job done.

Some additional benefits and advantages include the following:

  • Secure your WordPress website from hackers, spammers, bad bots, data mining tools and malicious users attempting to ruin your business for personal and financial gain at your expense.
  • Protects Intellectual Property From Theft – If you are a digital product creator (e.g. downloadable e-books, videos, etc.), your product can end up as freeware on download sharing sites.
  • Avoid Getting Blacklisted By Search Engines – When a website has been hacked, you should expect to go through a whole lot of inconvenience and aggravation. It can take days to uncover problems and sort through the issues these have caused. During this time, your, account could get suspended by your host, or even blocked in search engines. Additionally, hackers can spam your contact list and steal your personal or financial information, you could end up being fined or even charged with fraud, and a whole lot more.

Features

Blog Defender provides a number of features to website owners.

Blog Defender addresses the following areas:

  • Hosting Security Advisory
  • Plugin Security Audits
  • Theme Security Audits
  • Anti Brute Force Security
  • Anti Cross-Site Scripting
  • WordPress Database Security
  • Nefarious Traffic Blocking
  • Hiding WordPress ‘Tell Tale’ Signs
  • Anti-Comment Spam
  • Monitoring Files
  • Monitor Links
  • Known Offender Blocking
  • Automate Core Updates
  • WordPress Security Audit
  • Tightening Server Security
  • Kick Out Policy
  • Reputation Checking
  • And More …

Blog Defender follows a logical sequence of steps to help protect your website, addressing hosting security, using scanning and detection tools to identify risky themes and WordPress plugins, and then helping you implement website-wide security using the tools and plugins provided.

Blog Defender Security Plugin For WordPress Web Sites

(Blog Defender website security process. Screenshot source: Blog Defender)

User Testimonials

Here are a few of the testimonials and comments plugin users have submitted for 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

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”I discovered some incredible security tricks!” David Walker – www.inboxrockstar.com

Plugin Tips

According to Matt Garrett’s site, since Blog Defender was first released, no websites using Blog Defender have been hacked.

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.”

The war on hackers is an escalating arms race and all security solutions are only as good as the knowledge and tools that developers can currently get their hands on. The latest release of Blog Defender creates an easier security solution that doesn’t need constant attention, doesn’t cost you 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 risk-free, thirty day, full refund guarantee.

Software Cost

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.

Note: Price details for the product depends on whether there are any promotions or limited-time specials being offered. The price above was current at the time this content was published. This may not be the actual price set by the plugin author when you visit the product site and there may be additional upsells or one-time offers after your purchase.

Check the plugin’s website for the latest pricing:

Additional Information

For help documentation and tutorials, FAQs, customer helpdesk, contact details and more, visit the Blog Defender website.

The Bottom Line

No matter what kind 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 web security.

WordPress is a very secure platform, but neglecting basic maintenance tasks like making sure that your WP software, WP plugins and WordPress themes are kept updated to their latest versions, tightening file and data protection and taking other necessary precautions can expose your website to attacks 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 to help prevent your sites being hacked, what security features to look for in a webhost, and which tools can make the process of securing your WordPress installation easier.

Prevent Botnets & Hackers From Attacking Your Blogs With Blog Defender Security Plugin

For more information, visit the plugin website: Blog Defender WordPress Security Plugin

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Originally published as Blog Defender – WordPress Security Suite.