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.

Review: Protect Your WP Blog From Hackers & Botnets With Blog Defender Security PluginThe sheer number of attacks on websites and blogs worldwide is massive, and things are only going to get worse.

You can safely assume that if you haven’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 160,000+ WordPress websites had been hacked.

Thousands of websites are hacked every year! Could yours be next?

Thousands of websites are attacked every year! Will yours be one of them?

(Screenshot: Blog Defender)

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

Every blog with a security vulnerability offers potential value to hackers. A compromised site not only presents hackers opportunities to improve their skills and win “respect” among their peers, but it can also be a platform for launching distributed attacks, spreading malware and engaging in information theft.

If hackers can find a way to break in and gain remote control of your blog, the blog can then be used as a “bot” to attack more valued websites.

The harsh reality is that malicious bots are very likely looking for security weaknesses and trying to hack into your web site as you are reading this. Whether they will successfully get into your site or not, will depend on how difficult you can make it for hackers or bots to keep trying until they discover a way to break in, or decide to look for a less secure target.

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

If you visit a site like Hackertarget.com and run your website through their WordPress security check …

Hackertarget - WordPress Security Check

(Website Security Scan Screenshot: Hackertarget.com)

You will see that the scan returns a number of results and information about your WordPress setup …

WP Security Scan

(Hackertarget – WordPress security check results. Product image source: Hackertarget.com)

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

Website Security Scan

(Source: BlogDefender.com)

The ability 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 on your server can be potentially valuable information to hackers, as this informs them about potentially exploitable security weaknesses, especially in older versions.

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

Blog Defender

Blog Defender

Product Description

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

Matt Garrett, the developer of BlogDefender began developing BlogDefender after noticing that a WordPress-driven blog he set up for his mother got hacked into and suspended. This particular blog had literally nothing of value to offer, yet it still was hacked.

Matt only became aware of the event after being contacted by his host and observing that a significant amount of suspicious activity had occurred inside the site, as well as the addition of a number of malicious files designed to lure unsuspecting victims to the site and hijack their financial details.

Blog Defender

(Product image source: BlogDefender.com)

This simple example should be enough to illustrate the fact that all websites are valuable to hackers.

Blog Defender shows you where the security weaknesses in your WordPress installation are …

Blog Defender Security Solution For WordPress

And then shows you how to fix these quickly, easily and inexpensively …

Blog Defender Security Plugin For WordPress

WordPress Plugins

The Blog Defender security product includes three plugins for WordPress:

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

Blog Defender Security Solution

(Source: Blog Defender)

This plugin lets you do secure backups to your server, third-party servers and leading cloud solutions using a number of backup methods, perform full or partial backups, exclude files or tables from backups, restore previous backups, replace URLs (for site migrations), do bulk text string replacements in databases, perform malware scans and blacklist checks automatically, and more.

The second plugin provides WordPress security …

Blog Defender Security Product Suite For WordPress Websites & Blogs

(Screenshot source: BlogDefender website)

Plugin #2 provides a range of site security functions (see “Product Features” section below).

Pro Plugin #3 “WP Scan & Repair” scans your content and files to see whether anything in your files has been tampered with, and repair any problems it detects …

Blog Defender Security Product Suite

(Screenshot source: BlogDefender.com)

Plugin #3 “WP Scan & Repair” also scans content to see if any malicious scripts have been inserted into your site, bans bad bots, blocks brute force attacks and detects any content leeching (where others benefit from your hard work without providing any reciprocal value in return).

Blog Defender – Training Videos

In addition to plugins, the Blog Defender suite of products also includes several training in video format and training guides that will show you exactly what you need to do to protect your site from hackers …

Blog Defender

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Benefits

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

Ready To Use In Minutes

The Blog Defender plugins are really easy to install. Just upload a zip file containing the plugin files to your Plugin folder via your dashboard and activate.

Really Simple And Easy To Follow

Blog Defender can be used as an easy-to-follow step-by-step training product that takes you through the website security process and shows you what to do, including how to set things up, and even which plugins you can install for free to get the job done inexpensively.

Additional benefits and advantages include:

  • Secure your WordPress site from hackers, spammers, bad bots, data mining tools and malicious users whose aims is to ruin your business for their own personal and financial gain.
  • Protects Intellectual Property From Theft – If your site sells information products (e.g. downloadable e-books, videos, etc.), your work can be stolen and end up becoming freeware on download sharing sites.
  • Avoid A Tragic Situation – When a website gets hacked, expect to go through a serious amount of frustration and aggravation. It can take days to uncover the problem and sort through the issues these have caused. Your, website could get closed by your webhost, or even blacklisted in search engines. In addition, 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.

Features

Blog Defender provides a number of great features to WordPress users.

The product covers the following security areas and vulnerabilities:

  • Webhost Security Advisory
  • WordPress Plugin Security Audits
  • WordPress Theme Security Audits
  • Anti Brute Force Security
  • Anti Cross-Site Scripting
  • MySQL Database Security
  • Nefarious Traffic Blocking
  • Hide WordPress ‘Tell Tale’ Signs
  • Anti-Comment Spam
  • File Monitoring
  • Link Tracking
  • Blocking Known Offenders
  • Automate WordPress Updates
  • WordPress Security Audit
  • Tightening Server Security
  • Kick Out Policy
  • Reputation Checking
  • And More …

Blog Defender provides a logical process for securing your web site, addressing potential hosting security issues, using tools to identify risky themes and plugins, and then implementing website-wide security using the tools and plugins provided.

Blog Defender Security Product Suite For WordPress Websites & Blogs

(Blog Defender security process. Screenshot: Blog Defender)

Feedback From Plugin Users

Below are a couple of the testimonials that customers have published about the Blog Defender security suite:

”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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”My business is built around the WordPress platform and I’m embarrassed to admin I’ve been slack in the security department. However, Matt’s training soon put that right! I followed each detailed video to the letter and discovered some incredible security tricks and plugins I’d never heard of before. Better still, all the plugins were free to download too! The end result? My WordPress membership site is now locked down tighter than Parkhurst at midnight and if anybody tries hacking it, I’ll be the first to know! thanks again Matt, I’m off to secure the rest of the blogs in my portfolio!” David Walker – www.inboxrockstar.com

Plugin Tips

According to the plugin developer, Matt Garrett, since Blog Defender was first released, no Blog Defender-protected websites or blogs were hacked.

Matt also 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.”

Cybersecurity is is a perpetual game of cat and mouse and all security solutions are only as good as the knowledge and tools that developers can get their hands on. The latest release of Blog Defender provides users with an easier security solution that doesn’t need 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.

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, 30 day, full money-back 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.. Price = $47.00.

Please Note: Current pricing for the Blog Defender plugin can vary, depending on whether there are any promotions or limited-time special offers. The above reflects the current pricing at the time this content was published. This may or may not be the actual pricing charged by the product author when you visit the website and you may be shown additional upsells or one-time offers after you’ve purchased.

Check the plugin’s website for current pricing details:

Additional Plugin Information

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

Install These Plugins

No matter what type of business you run or plan to run online and how small you think your web presence is, web security is something you cannot ignore.

WordPress is a very secure web platform, but neglecting simple maintenance tasks like keeping your WordPress software, plugins and themes up-to-date, tightening file and data security and taking other necessary precautions can expose your site to attacks by hackers and bots.

Adopting security policies like the one Blog Defender provides, will help you understand what’s going on in your site and where the security holes are, what hosting companies can and can’t do if the security on your site is compromised, what security features to look for in a webhost, and how to avoid major security risks without paying a lot of money.

Blog Defender Security Plugin For WordPress Websites & Blogs - Make Your Site Invisible To Botnets And Hackers

For more information, check out the plugin here: Blog Defender Security Suite For WordPress Blogs

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Originally published as Blog Defender – WordPress Security Suite.