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Wordfence Review

Why Bloggers need Wordfence

So as you know I am not a technical blogger and so I seldom do review on anything technical but I wanted to share with you my experience of using Wordfence over the last week.

 

You might have seen on my Facebook wall a couple of weeks ago that my site was acting very strange.  In fact my site and my friend Gavin Mountford’s sites were mysteriously going down and coming back at exactly the same time.

 

Different servers, different hosts…

 

How could this be?

 

We check the plugins were using to see if there were any similarities and we also we also considered that it might be a optimise press vulnerability.

 

Then someone in a wordpress group asked if I had run wordfence to see if there was anything showing up?

 

WHAT?

 

I didn’t know what it was, but I did some investigating and found that it was a free wordpress security plug in. That does some pretty cool stuff.  I’m not going to tell you what it does exactly, because I don’t talk computer language, but I can show you in Beth language what it does so you can see if this is something you might want to use yourself.

 

What I do know is, since running it and fixing things, my site has been happy, which makes me happy too.

 

According to the Wordfence website, this is what Wordfence does:

“If one WordPress site running Wordfence is attacked, the attacker is blocked and all other sites also running Wordfence block that attacker.

Wordfence is the only WordPress security plugin that provides this kind of real-time distributed protection as it learns from other sites that are attacked.

It’s part of what makes us the best WordPress security plugin in the business. But that’s just the beginning of what we do to protect your site and help you recover from an attack”

Here’s my non techy beth review.

Have you used Wordfence?  What has your experience been?  Do you have any wordpress hacking nightmares to share?

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Beth Hewitt

Blogging since 2009 and passionate about blogging, personal development, marketing and helping others succeed. In 2012 I founded the Simple Blogging Network because I was tired of seeing intelligent, talented bloggers getting disillusioned and frustrated because they never made a dime online. I aim to cut down the learning curve for bloggers new and old, simplifying all aspects of blogging and helping great bloggers get the recognition they deserve.

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24 Comments

  • Merle

    Reply Reply February 3, 2014

    This is unbelievable Beth. I have no techi knowledge either and wouldn’t know where to start with this but sounds like a great plugin to use. Will be checking it out. Thanks for sharing.

  • Christian

    Reply Reply February 3, 2014

    SWEET!

    My wife’s site has had issues with random new ‘admins’ being created, unauthorized posts showing up, and just a big ol’ mess in general.

    I’m currently working on refurbing her site for her relaunch, with podcast, in March so Wordfence is definitely a plug-in I’ll be adding.

    Thanks so much, I’m always looking for ways to keep my site(s) safer.

    • Beth Hewitt

      Reply Reply February 3, 2014

      Ooh exciting times for your wife. I am looking to set up my podcast this year as well :)

      Glad to be of help with Wordfence.

      Beth

  • Heather Cameron

    Reply Reply February 3, 2014

    Beth thank you. I’m going to have to look at this. I was hacked at Christmas time ending in all my sites being shut down. It too a few days to get them back up and running. This sounds like a great tool. I’ll definitely take a look at it.

  • Amethyst Mahoney

    Reply Reply February 3, 2014

    Thanks, Beth. I’m going to check this out. My site went down for over 7 hours last week because of yet another Optimize Press issue. Their issues are really starting to piss me off. Lucky for me, my hosting site fixed all of the code and the issues – for free. But they may not spend 5 hours on it next time, so maybe this will help. :-)

    • Beth Hewitt

      Reply Reply February 3, 2014

      I am getting fed up with OP as well. I’ll be looking for a site redesign in the near future. Exciting. But until then, I will have to keep my guard up.

      Beth

  • Amethyst Mahoney

    Reply Reply February 3, 2014

    I’m considering hiring Holly Chantal from the Land of Brand to just redo everything for me. Then I don’t have to worry about OP and other issues at thelandofbrand.com (Your comment box wouldn’t let me put the whole link in).

    • Beth Hewitt

      Reply Reply February 3, 2014

      Oh, well let me know how you get on with that and if it’s a hit, I’ll be following in your foot steps.

      Beth :)

  • Salma

    Reply Reply February 3, 2014

    I’m not a techie person either, but you explained it very well. I had no idea about wordfence, Thanks.

    • Beth Hewitt

      Reply Reply February 4, 2014

      :)

  • Nancy Kay

    Reply Reply February 4, 2014

    I know a few plug-ins for Word press but haven’t heard of Word Fence yet. I appreciate your sharing how it has helped with your online security.

    I get very frustrated with spammers from overseas who target my blog posts with spam which I then have to monitor and report as spam on my blog posts. I do use Akismet and also limit the time that people can comment on my blog posts, but it’s still frustrating to deal with over the long term.

    • Beth Hewitt

      Reply Reply February 4, 2014

      Hi Nancy, thanks for stopping by. I don’t use Akismet these days as it started to let me down. I do use the GASP plugin which is part of the premium commentluv plugin which is blessing. Hope to see you around.

      Beth :)

  • Debbie

    Reply Reply February 4, 2014

    I’ve been using Wordfence for about 6 months now and really like it, especially the “Live Traffic” option which shows all log ins and attempts. Makes it easy to block potential hackers! The freakiest thing that happened to me was a two day assault of people trying to hack into my blog and from the same host I use. Bizarre! They all got blocked, but I also sent the list to the hosting company and they said they shut them down. No real issues since then.

    • Beth Hewitt

      Reply Reply February 4, 2014

      Hi Debbie,

      Glad that you have had a positive experience with them and great idea to send the list to the hosting company. Given the frequency I’m experiencing at the minute, I think I’m going t have to go down that route. Thanks for stopping by.

      Beth:)

  • marquita herald

    Reply Reply February 4, 2014

    Thanks Beth will definitely take a look. Things are quiet at the moment (knock on wood) but over the last couple of months one of my blogs was hit repeatedly which caused usage spikes and that meant my hosting company got involved. Between their (well intentioned) efforts to help me get a handle on the usage and my attempts to reduce the waves of spam it was an ongoing nightmare. These are the things no one ever mentioned when you first get that “Hey I think I’ll start a blog!” gleam in your eye.

    • Beth Hewitt

      Reply Reply February 8, 2014

      Hi Marquita,

      Yes I had massive surges as well. Since installing this plugin, my site seems to be getting back to normal again. But you can never be too careful where our blogs are concerned.

      Beth :)

  • Stephen Anderson

    Reply Reply February 4, 2014

    Thank you Beth, I have been wondering about the best way to install a security plugin and this sounds like it will fill the bill with no problem at all. I am just beginning to get rolling with my blog and now seems like the perfect time to set the security into place.

    • Beth Hewitt

      Reply Reply February 8, 2014

      Hi Stephen,

      Thanks for your comment and for stopping by my site. Please let me know what results you get with Wordfence. Feel free to head back here anytime :) For more tips and tricks you might like my newsletter

      Beth

  • Michelle

    Reply Reply February 7, 2014

    Thanks for sharing. I love hearing about great plugins to try :)

    • Beth Hewitt

      Reply Reply February 8, 2014

      Hi Michelle, please let me know how you get in with the Wordfence plugin. It’s been a really good plugin for me so far.

      Beth :)

  • Dr. Erica Goodstone

    Reply Reply February 9, 2014

    Beth,

    I did have a strange wordpress hacking experience last week, but it seemed to just happen for one day. I did contact my hosting company and they made sure all my sites were up to date. And I did have Word Fence installed. But fortunately, the problem got resolved quickly.

    Warmly,

    Erica

  • Joseph Giannotti

    Reply Reply March 5, 2014

    Wow, I never heard of wordfence before. It sounds like a very clever security tool. I haven’t given much thought to being hacked or attacked, I mean who has endless time on their hands to do that? However, I have noticed more and more posts where site owners mention getting attacked. I’m going to look into it. Thanks so much for sharing!

  • Renae Whit

    Reply Reply May 3, 2014

    Wonderful security tool and glad you shared such GREAT information!

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