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Malware is most commonly injected by exploiting security vulnerabilities. Patchstack detects those vulnerabilities and automatically applies virtual patches that provide highly targeted, lightweight and effective way to hold off attacks to prevent any malware to get inside.
Malware scanners in the other hand scan for already injected malware which means the web application has already been compromised and infected which also requires a thorough clean-up. While having regular malware scans is important to cover your back, it’s always better to prevent malware infections in the first place.
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.
We encourage pairing Patchstack with other security tools, such as WPVivid or UpdraftPlus for backups and WPUmbrella or ManageWP for uptime monitoring. You may also check with your hosting service provides whether they offer pluginless server-side backups.
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.
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 response add-on for $9/mo or request a clean-up for a one-time fee of $199. Clean-ups are done manually.
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.
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.
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.
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)