In March 2014, a huge hacking attack was carried out with over 160,000 legitimate WordPress websites being hijacked! Thats in one attack!!!
It’s said that 73% of WordPress sites are vulnerable to attack!
30,000 websites hacked EVERY day!
Up until recently, I had heard and knew of people hacking into systems and websites, however I never thought that the problem was so widespread and never considered the facts that even the smaller websites are targeted, in fact the smaller websites are PRIMARILY targeted!
It was at the end of February when Aweber (The autoresponder which I use) was subject to a DDoS attack (Distributed Denial of Service) which is a form of hacking. I literally had no idea of what that meant, in honesty I am still totally unsure of what it means. At the time though, it was impossible to log into my Aweber account, or for my Aweber opt in forms to display on the various squeeze pages that I had.
I’m not going to even attempt to go into details of what a DDoS means, my understanding is that a spiteful f*****g d***head will go out of their way to cause utter disruption to a service or website. For some reason, they send huge amounts of traffic to the website under attack which shuts it down as the website can’t cope with the amount of traffic and can’t tell between which is the real traffic and which is the attack traffic. I assume that there must be some reward for the hackers doing this, whether its them being able to access customer information etc or maybe just because they want to cause disruption.
If you are interested in knowing more about these DDoS attacks, then I’ll leave you in the capable hands of trusty old Wikipedia to explain it to you!
What effect does a hack attack have on your site?
- Majority of hosts will suspend or close hacked accounts. The search engines will blacklist your sites, you will waste a huge amount of time trying to resolve the issue and recover the site, chances are you will never recover your site
- Your business, brand and reputation will be tarnished with a bad reputation! Hacked sites traffic is normally re-routed, meaning your website traffic will be diverted to places such as fake or fraudulent offers.
- Hackers can steal your contacts and subscriber lists! Imagine having built a list of 1000’s of subscribers, to then be hacked and your list stolen and sold and then sent spam repeatedly! Pretty much safe to say the responsiveness of your list will diminish rapidly! Add to that the amount of complaints and unsubscribes.
- You could find yourself being fined, arrested and investigated!!!
For the above reasons I decided to look more into my blog security and defence system.
You may have already seen a product which has been about for a couple of years now, however has recently been fully updated and relaunched.
The product is called and you can check it out here Blog Defender
I snatched this one up as soon as I hit the sales page! For the very reasonable small price tag, it is well worth it to have a seriously good lesson in security for your blog and its defence.
I actually went through the product training today, and I am very impressed! The creator Matt Garrett knows what he’s on about when it comes to building an impenetrable defence!
The course is broken down into 16 steps. Each step is a video shot over Matt’s shoulder of his screen as he shows you exactly what you need to do. From being able to hide the details which hackers look for to use to hack into your sites, adding extra authentication to login, security audits on your plugins and themes, automate updates, block a whole host of different forms of attack and plus a whole lot more!
This really is a no-brainer in my opinion. If you don’t take your site security seriously then be prepared to one day face the issues which I touched on earlier!
I highly recommend taking a closer look at the sales page where there are all the details of what this product can do for you. You can visit the sales page on my affiliate link below.
As this is my affiliate link, if you decided to purchase Blog Defender 2014 then I will receive a commission.
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Peace & Secure websites to all!