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SiteLock vs Patchstack – which one to choose?

Both platforms allow you monitor and protect your WordPress sites and filter malicious traffic. However Patchstack is strictly focused and excels with the #1 issue why 99.4% of WordPress sites get hacked – plugin vulnerabilities.
Why Patchstack's automatic prevention works better
Why scanning for malware means you’re acting too late

A plugin becomes vulnerable

We alert you 48 hours before the vulnerability becomes public on our database

Protection is instantly deployed

Automatic virtual patches and firewall rules get enabled on the website

Attack attempts are blocked

The vulnerability cannot be exploited by attackers

A security update removes the vulnerability

Update software to a fixed version or remove it if it’s discontinued

A plugin becomes vulnerable

No action is taken

Hacking attempts are NOT blocked

If the vulnerability is targeted the website becomes compromised

The already installed malware is now found

Regular scans heavily impact site performance

The malware needs to be manually removed

Often for a one time fee

The website is still vulnerable to new attacks

The vulnerability itself has not been removed

A security update removes the vulnerability

Meanwhile, the website may have become secretly compromised

Receive early vulnerability alerts

Identify new vulnerabilities 48 hours before they are made public on the Patchstack Database. Get a head start to patch the latest vulnerabilities in WordPress core, plugins and themes before hackers can take an advantage.

Automate protection and virtual patches

$13.48 per site / mo

Professional users receive virtual patches for vulnerabilities found in plugins before they can be exploited or a security update becomes available.

Light on resources, heavy on security

Patchstack is up to 10 times less memory-consuming compared to WordPress security plugins.

Central security maintenance

Have a central security and maintenance dashboard for all your websites. Control security across all sites, auto-update vulnerable software and generate detailed reports for your customers.

Maximise protection with incident assistance

$3.49 per site / mo
No website is ever 100% secure. Enable and assign the add-on to websites so if one does become malicious, we safely restore the site.

“Patchstack has led to the prevention of more than 56 000 vulnerabilities in our Managed WordPress installations.”

Liza Bogatyrev

Product Marketing Manager at One.com

Easily migrate your websites from SiteLock to Patchstack with our auto-install feature

Sites included
$13.48 per site / mo
Seats included
Software detection
Find plugin, theme, core vulnerabilities
Vulnerability early warning
Real-time vulnerability alerts
Actionable security suggestions
Automatic virtual patching
0-day protection (OWASP Top 10)
Brute-force protecton
Set up custom firewall rules
Auto-updating for vulnerable plugins
Site hardening features
Set up custom alert triggers
Analytics & reporting
HTTP security header detection
Domain name expiraton detection
SSL certificate expiration detection
Access to add-ons
Additional seats
$24.99 per seat / mo
Report white-labeling
$1.49 per site / mo
Incident assistance
$3.49 per site / mo
Access to support
monthly, billed annually
or $499 monthly
$457.5/mo billed anually
or $499/mo

WAF stands for Web Application Firewall, which is a firewall that inspects web traffic and blocks malicious requests. WAFs typically run on the web server software itself, and have limited knowledge of the web applications they are protecting. WAFs tend to include and run all firewall rules against all requests, even if it does not apply to the underlying software.
Virtual Patching, works a lot like a WAF: blocking known malicious requests but runs within the application itself. Virtual Patching goes a step further, and can take into context information that only the application (such as WordPress) itself is aware of, like user authorization, software versions, etc… Virtual patches tend to be more efficient, and cause less resource usage in the application compared to a WAF because the only rules that are enabled are the ones applicable for each website.

Rather than wait for your software to become infected we focus on preemptive measures. This allows Patchstack to be up to 10x lighter than competing (often bloated) malware scanners and still provide effective security. However, Pro and Business users can activate the Incident Assistance add-on and we’ll clean up your site if you suspect the site has become malicious.

Yes, every website should do it on a regular basis. We recommend choosing a dedicated plugin rather than an all-in-one solution. Even furthermore, we suggest checking with your hosting provider as backups are also becoming an essential part of most hosting packages. That means less strain on your website’s performance and one less plugin.

Attackers automatically target all websites to build large bot nets to perform more complex attacks against lucrative targets. Even a basic website gives attackers one more node for future attacks. We believe better web security is a community effort.

We have not had issues with Patchstack conflicting with other security services, but we do recommend using as few different tools on your WordPress site as possible. If you do use another security plugin, it is recommended to not enable similar features as it could cause site-breaking issues. If you have any issues with other security tools, please contact our support so we could investigate the issue.

The free version of Patchstack does not run anything aside from scheduled tasks on your website, so there will be no noticeable difference. The paid version does run several tasks on each page load but based on tests from us and from our customers we have seen that Patchstack does not affect your website’s performance in any significant or noticeable way. In fact, a test done by one of our users indicated that Patchstack is up to 10x lighter than competing security services.

Setting up Patchstack takes no more than a few minutes depending on if you are using auto-install through the Patchstack App (which takes seconds) or a manual installation (which can take up to 3 minutes). Note that in some cases auto-install may not be possible. The data might need some time to show up after a successful installation.

The Patchstack plugin can help, but patching is up to you. The plugin will inform you if your website(s) are running any known insecure components and allow you to be sure your sites are running secure versions before your test or auditing date.

The free Patchstack plugin only reports if your sites are running known insecure components (themes or plugins). Our paid Patchstack App plans include virtual patching, which will block attacks against insecure components until you have the time to apply the official patch from the vendor.

Encrpyted connections are important, but are handled at the hosting layer. You will need to communicate with your hosting provider for help setting up HTTPS (e.g.. SSL/TLS)

Since Patchstack does not scan your files, it won’t help you in finding malware on your website. If you have any indication that your website is already hacked, please contact our support so we can take a look and see how or what caused any of the problems you are facing. Our users can enable the Incident assistance subscription add-on or request Incident Response for a one time fee.

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