You can safely assume that if you haven’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 reported that 160,000+ legitimate WordPress sites had been hacked.
Thousands of websites are attacked every year! Could yours be next?
(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.”
As reported by security firm Sucuri, hackers had leveraged a flaw to attack unsuspecting WP websites and direct a distributed-denial-of-service attack (DDoS) towards another popular website.
You may think that your website or blog has no value to hackers, but the reality is that all websites are valuable to a malicious user.
If hackers can exploit a vulnerability that allows them to gain stealth control of your website or blog, that blog can then be employed as a “bot” to attack other highly-valued websites.
The harsh reality is that malicious bots are very likely trying to hack into your web site while you are reading this article right now. Whether they can achieve this will depend on how challenging you will make things for hackers to continue trying until they can either discover how to get access, or decide to look for a less protected target.
How Much Information About Your WordPress Site Are You Broadcasting To Hackers?
Do you own a WordPress site? If so, visit a site like Hackertarget.com and run your website through their WordPress security scan …
(Hackertarget – Website Security Scan Product image source: https://hackertarget.com/wordpress-security-scan)
You will see that the scan returns a number of results and information about your site setup …
(Hackertarget – WordPress security check results. Screenshot image: Hackertarget.com)
It should be obvious after using the above tool that if you are able to freely access all of this information, then hackers can too.
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Being able to see which 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 useful information to hackers, as this can inform them about any exploitable holes or weaknesses, especially where the owners haven’t updated their software versions.
Fortunately, there is a simple and inexpensive solution to stop broadcasting all of this information about your site and make your site invisible to hackers and bots.
Blog Defender Security Product Suite
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 creator of the BlogDefender security suit began to develop BlogDefender after noticing that a WordPress site he set up for his mother got hacked into and suspended. This site was quite new and so had literally nothing of value to offer, yet it still was hacked.
Matt only became aware of the event after being suspended by his host and seeing that a significant amount of suspicious activity had taken place within his site, as well as the addition of several malicious files by whoever had broken into the site.
This simple example should be enough to illustrate the fact that every website has some value to hackers.
Blog Defender scans you website for potential security holes …
And then shows you how to quickly and easily fix these …
Blog Defender comes with 3 plugins for WordPress:
Pro Plugin # 1 in the Blog Defender suite provides automated backups …
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The “Automated Backups” plugin lets you do automated site and file backups to your server, third-party servers and leading cloud solutions using a number of backup methods (including FTP and email backups), schedule full or partial backups, exclude tables or files from your backups, restore previous backups, replace URLs (for site migrations), do bulk text replacements in your WordPress database, perform auto database scans and repairs, and more.
Plugin #2 provides WordPress security …
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The plugin performs a range of vital file and site protection functions (see “Plugin Features” section below).
Pro Plugin # 3 allows you to scan WordPress sites to detect if any of your files have been changed, and fix any problems it finds …
(Screenshot source: BlogDefender website)
Pro Plugin # 3 also scans content to see if any malicious URLs have been inserted into your site, bans bad bots, blocks brute force attacks and detects any content leeching (where people benefit from your work without reciprocating the favor).
Blog Defender – Step-By-Step Tutorial Videos
In addition to plugins, Blog Defender also includes videos plus printable guides that will show you exactly how to protect your website from malicious attacks …
(Image source: BlogDefender website)
Go here to learn more about the plugin:
Here are just some of the benefits and advantages of using Blog Defender to make your WordPress site invisible to hackers and botnets on your site:
Quick And Easy To Install And Configure
The Blog Defender plugins install just like every plugin. Just upload the plugin files to your Plugin folder via your dashboard and activate.
Very Simple And Easy To Follow
Blog Defender can be used as a step-by-step training product that takes you through the website security process and shows you exactly what to do, including how to set everything up, and even which free plugins you should use to get the job done without incurring unnecessary expenses.
Some additional benefits of using the plugin include:
- Protect your WordPress site from hackers, spammers, botnets, data mining tools and malicious users whose aims is to exploit your site for their own personal and financial gain.
- Protect Your Info Products – If you sell an information product (e.g. downloadable ebooks, video tutorials, etc.), your product can end up as freeware on free download sites.
- Avoid Getting Blocked By Your Web Host And Banned By Search Engines – When a website gets hacked, expect to go through a serious amount of inconvenience and aggravation. It can take days to uncover problems and sort through the issues these have caused. During this time, your, website can get suspended by your webhost, or even blocked in search engines. Additionally, your contacts could end up being spammed, your subscriber list and financial details could be stolen, you could end up being fined or even charged with fraud, and a whole lot more.
Blog Defender provides many features to site owners.
Blog Defender addresses the following security areas and vulnerabilities:
- Webhost 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
- File Monitoring
- Link Tracking
- Block Known Offenders
- Automate Core WP Updates
- WordPress Security Audit
- Tightening Server Security
- Kick Out Policy
- Reputation Checking
- And More …
Blog Defender uses a logical process to help secure your web site, addressing potential hosting security issues, using tools to identify risky WordPress themes and plugins, and then helping you implement site-wide security using the tools and plugins provided.
(Blog Defender website security process. Screenshot source: BlogDefender.com)
Feedback From Users
Here are some of the testimonials and feedback customers have provided for 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 product’s website, no sites using Blog Defender were hacked since Blog Defender’s release.
Matt Garrett, the product developer also 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 is a never-ending game of cat and mouse and all security solutions are only as good as the information and tools that developers can currently get their hands on. The latest release of Blog Defender creates an easier WordPress security solution that doesn’t need constant attention, won’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.
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, 100% money-back 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.. Price = $47.00.
Note: Current pricing for the Blog Defender plugin depends on whether there are any promotions or limited-time special offers. The pricing above was correct when this review was written. This may or may not be the actual pricing set by the plugin seller when you visit the site and there may be additional upsells or one-time offers after your purchase.
Check the plugin’s website for current pricing details:
Additional Plugin Information
For installation instructions and tutorials, FAQs, support helpdesk, contact details and more, visit the Blog Defender website.
Regardless of the 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 ignore.
WordPress is a secure web platform, but neglecting essential maintenance tasks like making sure that your WP installation, WP plugins and themes are kept updated to their latest versions, tightening file and data protection and taking other necessary precautions can have disastrous consequences.
Blog Defender helps you understand what’s going on in your site and where the security holes are, what hosting companies can and can’t do if your website is compromised, what security features to look for in a webhost, and how to avoid all the major WordPress security holes without investing in expensive solutions.
For more details, visit the plugin website here: Blog Defender Security Product Suite For WordPress