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WP Site Guardian [review]

Today I am doing a review of WP Site Guardian and a interview with the developer of this new WordPress plugin:

 

Ok lets be honest for a minute. Security is about as exciting as getting the oil changed in your car. Its also kind of the same sort of thing. Its preventative maintenance. Its something you do ahead of time in the hopes of avoiding a disaster later. In the case of an oil change you cars engine could blow. In the case of website security all sorts of bad things can happen. Once your site is compromised a visitor can steal your information, can use your hosting to send out spam emails, can track your visitors, can deface your site, can put malware on your site that automatically infects site visitors. All sorts of nasty things can happen. They can ruin your business, your domain name, and perhaps worse of all they can ruin your reputation.

WordPress, while definitely one of the most popular site management systems, and arguably one of the best, can unfortunately be particularly vulnerable to security issues. This is due to two specific things about WordPress. First of all it is an open source platform, which means that anyone can download the source code and search through it looking for vulnerabilities. Second is the fact that WordPress allows plugins. Something that its greatest strength and its greatest weakness. Unless your a professional developer, who personally checks every single line of code in every single plugin you install on your site, every time you install a plugin you may inadvertently creating a weakness in your site. You may be adding an opening, a backdoor, or a potential security hazard that may allow an hacker to take total control of your site.

WP Site Guardian is designed to protect against hackers in a way that other security plugins do not. While other plugins do standard things such as make sure someone does not try to ‘bruit force’ your account log in password, WP Site Guardian takes a more hands on approach. It monitors visitor and server activity and actively looks for suspicious behavior from any IP address or visitor that is accessing your website. When it notices suspicious behavior it logs it and continues to watch the IP address that its coming from. When a specific  threshold is reached, that is when the plugin decides, based on your tolerance settings, that a specific user accessing your site is behaving a little to suspiciously it blocks that users IP address and locks them out.

Something that many people might not consider when selecting a security plugin is the fact that it is only as good as the developer who wrote it. WP Site Guardian was developed by Michael Thomas and I can say for sure that this guy knows his stuff when it comes to security. Given the fact that I have been a professional web developer for nearly 10 years now I tend to consider myself a fairly knowledgeable person. Despite this Michael has personally consulted me about security more than once. He has helped me by testing and helping me identify potential security issues (fortunately before there was an actual problem) on more than one of my systems. I’m not sure what better endorsement I can give the guy than to say that I use his services and expertise to make my own code and software more secure.

Using WP Site Guardian is a snap. If you really want to you can just install the plugin, activate it, leave its default settings as they are and your instantly protected. Of course if you like you can adjust its settings to your specific needs. Something I was pleased to see was that there are very clear and easy to follow tutorials built right into the plugin.

When I installed it on my site the plugin quickly found a couple of potential issues (from my theme) that I never knew about. It also tracked several hacking attempts and blocked one would be hacker who was tying to find a vulnerability on my site.

 

 

I did notice one error in my testing however. Which was related to the reporting graph. The graph shows the number of attacks, the total threat level of the attacks, and the number of IP addresses that the plugin blocked. Everything worked fine however it was showing the blocked IP address on the wrong date. I reported this to Michael and this is what happened:

Then a few hours later I got this message:

 

This is what happens when the vendor of a product is also the developer. You report a bug and there is no nonsense, no excuses, no waiting, just ‘thanks for the report’ then a few hours later ‘its fixed’. Very cool Michael.

So what do I think of WP Site Guardian over all? Well as I said: security is a preventative measure. Its something that most people don’t think of until after its to late. They wake up one morning and find their site is down, that their site is displaying crazy stuff, that they are locked out, or perhaps worse of all the see the ‘Google red malware detected’ screen and realize they where hacked weeks ago, have been unwittingly distributing malware to their visitors and Google has shut them down, and they wonder ‘how did this happen’? Well it happened be cause they did not worry about security until after they had an issue, and once they have an issue it can cost hundreds of dollars to recover from it, if they can at all.

I installed WP Site Guardian on my site for testing however after testing I can give it the best endorsement possible by honestly saying: this plugin is for sure staying on my site. As a well known software reviewer I got my copy for free, however if this was not the case I would have no problems buying it myself. Because of  this its easy for me to rate WP Site Guardian as:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


  
 
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  1. Archie Bower, 18 December, 2016

    A very scary senario. Good sales page.
    Would it protect against hackers using a variety of fake IPs which is quite common?
    Maybe there are other sophisticated techniques as well.

  2. Brett Rutecky, 18 December, 2016

    It would as quickly all the attacking IP’s would be blocked.

  3. Michael Rytter, 18 December, 2016

    Perfect! Much needed product, plus a bonus I’ve been waiting for!! Doesn’t get much better than that!
    Tks man!

    Best,
    Michael Rytter

  4. JOHN, 18 December, 2016

    Thanks Brett. Where can I report bugs for your review wizard plugin? Will there be a special facebook group to report issues or just report them to your support email. Thank you

  5. Brett Rutecky, 18 December, 2016

    You can send them to my support desk, which is why the email address for that is in the plugin and the members area. Sorry if that was not obvouse.

  6. Tom Markham, 19 December, 2016

    As usual, thank you Brett and Michael. Brett, as you know, I could have got this from a growing number of affiliates. You’re my sole source.

  7. Brett Rutecky, 19 December, 2016

    I really appreciate that. Thanks!

  8. Rob, 19 December, 2016

    I purchased thru your link but unable to find link to your bonus for Review Wizard WP Plugin – beta tester.

    Thanks.

  9. Brett Rutecky, 19 December, 2016

    The instruction in the bonus section where pretty clear I thought. Sorry if they where not.

  10. kami ilmane, 19 December, 2016

    Thanks for the review, cool as usual,
    I’m interested, it sounds good…I like the bonus too.
    may I just ask you something? what do they mean with:
    1 Year Free Support & Updates? what happens after one year?
    Thanks Mr Brett, hope you’re keeping well..
    Kami

  11. Brett Rutecky, 19 December, 2016

    After 1 year you need to buy the new version if you want to continue to getting the updates / new versions.

  12. kami ilmane, 19 December, 2016

    Fair enough, thank Brett..2 usefull plugins for the price of one…you can’t go wrong !!
    I’m in. Have a good x-mas bro..

  13. Daniel, 20 December, 2016

    Bret, can this plugin stop bot from execution in wordpress from exceeding the cpu usage second

  14. Brett Rutecky, 20 December, 2016

    Well ‘bot’ is a very general term. I assume you mean a bot that you actually installed and want to work (but that is working to fast). If that is your case then I would say no this is unlikely to help and you need to either get a better bot (with throttling) or you need to get a better hosting.

  15. Joel Noval, 20 December, 2016

    Brett,

    I just bought the product yesterday because of your bonus, but I was busy in work and did not read any instructions on how to claim it.. I was thinking it might be like jvzoo but the vendor used WarriorPlus and no affiliate infor their for claiming the bonus. I also bought the upsell called WP Security Auditor SPECIAL, so the bonus is gone already?

  16. Brett Rutecky, 20 December, 2016

    The same text that stated what the bonus was also said to email me your receipt ID to claim your bonus.

  17. Rod, 20 December, 2016

    Hey Brett. I bought this plugin last year on December 15. I believe it was launched on or about December 12, 2015. Do you know if this is an updated version?

  18. Brett Rutecky, 20 December, 2016

    Yes it is. Its the new version of the older plugin.

  19. Joeri, 20 December, 2016

    Hi Brett, I have version 1.6 of this plugin and noticed that I can’t upgrade automatically from within WP. So it is an paid upgrade.

    Do you have info about the differences between v1.6 and v2.0 ?
    Thanks!

    Best regards
    Joeri

  20. Brett Rutecky, 20 December, 2016

    Yes its a paid upgrade, sorry no I do not have a list of the differences.

  21. Marlene Roberson, 20 December, 2016

    Hi Brett

    I’m very confused. Clicked on the Click Here To Learn More link and then purchased. Didn’t see your bonus anywhere and also didn’t go through JVZoo but through WarriorPlus?

  22. Brett Rutecky, 20 December, 2016

    Thats because this promotion is using W+ not JVZoo. Also the bonus instructions, while the bonus was still available, said to email me with your receipt ID to claim it.

  23. Grahame, 21 December, 2016

    Hi Brett

    Prior to buying I see there are numerous upsells, all designed to scare you into buying. I was hoping that an upgrade to use on client sites would be enough.

    From your expert knowledge are the rest of the upsells worth buying as works out pretty expensive.

  24. Brett Rutecky, 21 December, 2016

    I do not review OTO’s. Sorry.

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