Over 60 000 users trust Patchstack as a Wordfence alternative

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Wordfence 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.
Virtual patches help prevent vulnerabilities from being exploited
Malware scanning means you're acting after being compromised

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

Detect new vulnerabilities and prioritize mitigation

Instantly detect and prioritize new vulnerabilities in WordPress core, plugins and themes 🚨 48 hours before they are made public.

Automate protection with virtual patches

Receive automatic virtual patches and firewall rules for vulnerabilities found in plugins before they can be 💥 exploited and until a security update becomes available.

Manage security from a single dashboard


Automate 🤖 your website care plans with remote software management, auto-updates and updated Snapshot and Developer reports.

Reported up to 10x lighter than competitors

Virtual patches are highly targeted and effective compared to bloated malware scanners running in the background.

Peace of mind with Incident response

No web app is ever 100% safe. Suspect an app has developed security issues while using Patchstack? Request help from our experts.

“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 Wordfence to Patchstack with our auto-install feature

Base price
$99 / mo
$499 / mo
Web apps included
Up to 10
Up to 50
Up to 500
Seats included
Automatic vulnerability detection
Real-time protection layer
$9 app / mo
Custom protection rules
Remote software management
Snapshot reports
Developer reports
$457.5/mo billed anually
or $499/mo

Malware is most commonly injected by exploiting security vulnerabilities. Patchstack detects those vulnerabilities and automatically applies vPatches 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.
vPatching, works a lot like a WAF: blocking known malicious requests but runs within the application itself. vPatching 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… vPatches 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 per installation. The data might need a few minutes 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)

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