You can safely 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 160,000 WordPress-powered websites had been hacked.
Thousands of websites are attacked every year! Could your website 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 flaw to attack unsuspecting WP web sites and direct a distributed-denial-of-service attack (DDoS) towards another popular website.
Every site with a security vulnerability offers some value to hackers. If you think that the information in your site offers little to no value to hackers, think again. Large, medium and small business sites, personal blogs, government websites … even websites owned by web security experts can and have been targeted.
If someone can access and gain remote access of your website, your website or blog can then be used as a “bot” in a planned cyber-attack against larger and more valued websites.
The truth is that brute-force software bots are most likely scouring for security exploits and trying to break into your site right now. Whether they can hack in depends on how difficult you can make it for hackers to keep persisting until they work out a way to get access, or decide to look for a more vulnerable target.
How Much Information Are You Broadcasting To Hackers About Your WordPress Site?
Does your website run on WordPress? If so visit a site like Hackertarget.com and run your website through their WordPress security check …
(Hackertarget – Website Security Check Screenshot source: Hackertarget.com)
You will see that the check will yield various results and information about your WordPress setup …
(Hackertarget – WP security scan results. Screenshot: 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 WordPress website, hackers can too.
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The ability to see what 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 are all potentially valuable information to hackers, as this informs them about potential security vulnerabilities, especially in older versions.
Fortunately, there is a simple solution to stop broadcasting all of this information about your website and make your site invisible to malicious users and bots.
Blog Defender is a package of WordPress security video tutorials, WordPress plugins and tools, plus WordPress security documentation in PDF and DOC formats.
Matt Garrett, the creator of the Blog Defender security suite began looking for a way to develop Blog Defender after noticing that a WordPress blog he set up for his mother got hacked into and suspended by its hosting company. This particular blog was new and so had literally nothing of value to offer, yet it was still hacked.
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 site, as well as the addition of several malicious files by whoever had broken into his site.
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This example demonstrates that all websites have value to hackers.
Blog Defender shows you where the security holes in your WordPress installation are …
And then shows you how to quickly and easily fix these …
The Blog Defender security product suite comes with 3 WordPress plugins:
The first plugin in the Blog Defender suite provides automated backups …
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Plugin #1 “Automated Backups” lets you do automated site and file backups to your server, third-party servers and leading cloud solutions using different backup methods (including FTP and email backups), automate complete or partial backups, exclude files or tables from your backups, restore backups, replace URLs (for site migrations), do mass text string replacements in databases, perform auto database scans and repairs, and more.
Pro Plugin #2 “WordPress Security” provides WordPress security …
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Plugin #2 performs a range of file and site security functions (see “Plugin Features” section below).
Pro Plugin # 3 scans your files and content to detect whether code in your files has been changed, and fix the problem …
Pro Plugin #3 “WP Scan & Repair” also scans content to see if any malicious URLs 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 anything of value in return).
Blog Defender – Step-By-Step Videos
In addition to the plugins, the Blog Defender suite of products also includes 7 training modules in video format plus PDF/DOC documentation that teach you exactly how to protect your site from hackers …
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Learn more about the plugin here: Blog Defender Security Plugin
Benefits Of Using Blog Defender
Here we have listed 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 Use In Minutes
The plugins are quite easy to install. Simply upload a zip file that contains the plugins to your Plugins folder via your WordPress dashboard and activate.
Very Simple And Easy To Follow Training
Blog Defender can be used as a practical and useful training product that walks you through the website security process and shows you exactly what to do, including how to set everything up, and even which WordPress plugins you can use for free to get the job done without paying additional expenses.
Additional plugin benefits include:
- Protect your website from hackers, spammers, bad bots, data miners and malicious users whose aims is to ruin your business for their own personal and financial gain.
- Secure Your Info Products – If you are a digital product author (e.g. downloadable ebooks, video tutorials, etc.), your product can end up becoming freeware on free sharing sites.
- Avoid Getting Closed By Your Web Host And Delisted By Search Engines – When a site gets hacked, you should expect to go through a serious amount of inconvenience and heartache. It can take days to uncover the problem and sort through any issues these have caused. Your site can get suspended by your web host, or even blacklisted by search engines. Additionally, hackers can spam your contact list and steal your business or financial information, you could be fined or even charged with fraud, and much more.
Blog Defender hides your website from hackers and malicious botnets.
The product helps you fix all of the following security areas:
- Host Security Advisory
- Plugin Security Audits
- WordPress Theme Security Audits
- Anti Brute Force Security
- Anti Cross-Site Scripting
- WordPress Database Security
- Nefarious Traffic Blocking
- Hide WordPress ‘Tell Tale’ Signs
- Anti-Comment Spam Blocking
- Monitoring Files
- 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 to help protect your website, addressing potential hosting security issues, using tools to quickly 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: Blog Defender)
Here are a few of the testimonials and feedback that plugin users have written about the Blog Defender plugin:
“Great way to secure your blog!” JohnThornhill – www.johnthornhill.com
“I sure wish I’d had this before I lost over a dozen blogs just recently. Okay, it was my fault for not securing things more, BUT… I didn’t have a handy, current reference like this to turn to for quick help either.;)” Kathe Lucas – www.wackycentral.com
According to Matt Garrett’s site, no websites protected with the product have been hacked since Blog Defender’s first release.
Matt Garrett 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.”
Cyber security is an ever-escalating arms race and all security solutions are only as good as the information and tools developers presently can access. The latest release of Blog Defender creates an easier security solution that doesn’t need constant attention, is quite inexpensive and it’s as good if not better than most 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 no-risk, 30 day, 100% refund 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.
Please Note: Current pricing for Blog Defender depends on whether there are any promotions or limited-time special offers. When we last checked, the product is selling for the pricing shown above. This may not be the actual pricing set by the plugin seller when you visit the site and you may be shown additional upsells or one-time offers after your purchase.
Check the plugin’s website for the current price here: Blog Defender
For installation instructions and tutorials, FAQs, support help desk, contact details and more, visit the Blog Defender website.
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 website security.
WordPress is a secure platform, but neglecting essential maintenance tasks like keeping your WP software, plugins and themes updated to their latest versions, tightening file and data security and taking other necessary precautions can expose your site to malicious by hackers and bots.
Blog Defender helps you learn what your security responsibilities as a website owner are, what hosting companies can and can’t do if your site is hacked, what security features to look for in a webhost, and how to avoid all the major WordPress security holes without paying a lot of money.
For complete details, visit the plugin website here: Blog Defender